BC Hydro, an operator of hydroelectric facilities and gas-fired plants, has named Dave Cobb as the new president and chief executive officer of the company, effective May 25.

Mr Cobb recently served as the executive vice-president and deputy CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), where he was responsible for leading a broad portfolio, including games operations, finances, revenue planning, and communications.

Prior to joining VANOC, he spent 12 years with Orca Bay Sports Entertainment (Vancouver Canucks), including senior roles as chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Dan Doyle, chair of BC Hydro, said: “Dave comes to BC Hydro with a strong mix of business experience, senior leadership skills, and management of major projects.

“His strategic thinking and issues management experience will be a great fit for BC Hydro. I am confident that under his leadership we will deliver the many objectives outlined in the recent Clean Energy Act.”

Mr Cobb said, “This is a very exciting time in BC Hydro’s history and the future of our province and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as we implement the province’s ambitious new Clean Energy Act.”