Sydney Water appoints new CEO

Roch Cheroux SA Water Sydney Water

Sydney Water has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer ahead of the upcoming departure of its current Managing Director, Kevin Young.

Roch Cheroux — who is currently Chief Executive of SA Water — will take on the position of CEO at Sydney Water starting 2 September 2019.

The announcement was made by Sydney Water Chairman, Bruce Morgan, said Mr Cheroux was identified after an extensive executive search process both in Australia and overseas.

“Roch is a key influencer in the water industry with significant experience in shaping and leading public and private corporations across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe,” Mr Morgan said.

Mr Cheroux previous experience also includes Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ for the South East Asia region and SUEZ-Degrémont Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of United Utilities Asia and Pacific (TRILITY), and Chief Executive and Chairman of Tallinn Water in Estonia.

Mr Cheroux is a Director of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and leads the national committee on Utility Excellence.

“We look forward to working with Roch on continuing to lead Sydney Water’s customer-centric journey and provide essential services to keep Greater Sydney liveable, productive and thriving for a sustainable future,” Mr Morgan said.

Mr Morgan acknowledged and thanked departing Managing Director, Kevin Young, who will leave the organisation on 31 July.

“Kevin has devoted the last eight years to building an organisation that prides itself on putting customers at the heart and looking after it’s people through safety and wellbeing.

“Under his leadership, Sydney Water has taken customer satisfaction and reputation to all-time highs and have achieved significant gains in culture, safety, diversity and digital transformation.

“Kevin has taken on the challenges of drought and growth, and has laid a solid foundation to prepare the organisation for future opportunities.

“He is widely recognised for the enormous impact he has had on the Australian water industry. He leaves the organisation fit for the future and I wish him all the best,” Mr Morgan said.

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