For the past six months, Mr Mitchell had been serving Commerce in his role as a partner at Tatum, an executive services firm providing professionals on an interim, outsourced basis.

Gregory Craig, chairman and CEO of Commerce Energy Group, said: Doug has done an outstanding job during his interim role at Commerce, giving us an opportunity to work closely together during a critical transition period. His understanding of our business, experience working with our management team and breadth of financial acumen make him a natural fit for this position.