The firm has also appointed Thomas Smith as vice president and chief financial officer, and Rebecca Howell as its corporate secretary.

Mr Garrett has more than 22 years of experience in the gas utility and energy industry, including service as vice president of investor relations of Consolidated Natural Gas, an international gas utility that was merged with Dominion Resources.

Mr Smith had been serving as Energy West’s interim president and will remain a member of the board of directors. Mr Smith’s background includes being president of several local distribution companies.

Mr Osborne said: We are confident that we have assembled the management team that Energy West needs to implement its strategic and operational goals going forward.

We are pleased to have a skilled executive of Jim’s caliber join Energy West and provide a fresh viewpoint. We are also pleased that Tom will fill a very important role as CFO and that Energy West will continue to benefit from his strategic input.