Our Executive Leadership Team
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AEMO is made up of eight departments, each led by an executive.
Karen Olesnicky, Acting Chief Executive Officer
Karen was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following the sudden passing of AEMO’s founding Chief Executive Officer, Matt Zema in July 2016. Karen was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the first five years of AEMO operations. In the last few years, Karen has also led significant changes in other senior executive roles which have included the Chief Information Officer (CIO), People and Culture and Stakeholder and Information functions. Before joining AEMO, Karen worked at VENCorp as the General Manager of Corporate which included both CFO and Company Secretary roles. Prior to working in the energy industry Karen worked in a broad range of senior executive roles in corporate and operational roles in Local Government.
Mike Cleary, Operations
Mike is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of AEMO. Originally from Ireland, Mike has spent the past decade consulting and working in-house for market participants and operators such as the US-based PJM Interconnection and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), as well as AEMO, which he joined in March 2012. Mike specialises in energy market restructure and reform, with a particular focus on system and market operators, and is skilled at managing a large number of employees across multiple locations.
Jack Fitcher, Corporate Services
Jack is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of AEMO and leads the Corporate Services department, which incorporates commercial services and the program management office. Recently, Jack has also been Executive General Manager WA Integration, overseeing the integration of the Western Australian system operations and system management into AEMO. Before being appointed to the position of CFO, Jack was AEMO's Group Manager of Commercial Services, with responsibility for AEMO's finance, property, and insurance functions. Before joining AEMO, Jack was the Finance and Risk Manager at VENCorp. Jack has also held finance roles in the tourism and retail industries.
Peter Geers, Markets
Peter is the Executive General Manager (EGM) of Markets, a department that looks at the financial operation of, and transactions across, Australia’s gas and electricity markets. Peter joined the ELT following his work as Group Manager of AEMO's Markets and Business Strategy divisions, and has a wealth of experience in the energy industry. Peter is passionate about ensuring AEMO adapts to changes in the energy industry, and is keen to use his experience in people management to progress work that helps AEMO remain agile and responsive.
Brett Hausler, Governance
Brett is AEMO's Company Secretary and General Counsel, and heads up the Governance department which manages legal, risk, and compliance frameworks across AEMO. Brett has worked in the energy industry since 1994 and, before joining AEMO, was the General Manager, Corporate Services, at the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO). Before this, he worked in various corporate roles and in private practice.
David Swift, Corporate Development
David is the Executive General Manager (EGM) of the Corporate Development department, which incorporates regulatory policy, retail market strategy, and market policy development. David has accrued a wealth of energy industry experience from having worked in the sector for the past 30 years. In his most recent position before joining AEMO, David provided expert electricity advice to the South Australian government as the Chief Executive of the Electricity Supply Industry Planning Council of South Australia (ESIPC). David believes that working closely with our stakeholders is key to AEMO's success.
Joe Adamo, Stakeholders and Information
Joe is currently Acting Executive General Manager Stakeholders and Information. Stakeholders and Information incorporates Stakeholder Relations, Communication and Corporate Affairs, and Information and Architecture. This department will drive how, as an organisation, AEMO approaches, engages, consults and communicates with its stakeholders.
Jo Witters, People and Culture
Jo Witters is currently acting in the role of Executive General Manager, People and Culture. The role leads teams that are focused on: workplace health, safety and the environment; learning and development; and recruitment.
Cameron Parrotte, Executive General Manager - Western Australia
Cameron is the Executive General Manager - Western Australia. The role is responsible for operating and developing the Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) and the Gas Services Information (GSI) functions.