AEMC Chief Executive, Anne Pearson, is pleased to announce that two new executive general managers will be joining our executive leadership team

Mr David Feeney has been appointed Executive General Manager Retail and Wholesale Markets and will lead the team responsible for reviews and rule changes relating to the competitive parts of Australia’s electricity and gas sectors.

Associate Professor Tim Nelson has been appointed to the position of Executive General Manager Economic Analysis. This role is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the economic analysis team. 

“These appointments add to the AEMC’s strategic and analytical capabilities, particularly in terms of wide-ranging commercial experience and energy policy development,” Mrs Pearson said.

“The public policy conversation has big questions to answer as new technologies and consumer choices drive structural change further into the energy sector. We welcome Tim and David to the Commission’s leadership team and look forward to working with them as we continue to produce rules and advice to the high standards expected by our stakeholders.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Kris Funston for his outstanding service to the AEMC as former head of our markets team and wish him well in his new role at Deloitte Australia. Thank you also to Dr Alan Rai who has been acting head of the strategy and economics group.”



Mr Feeney joins the AEMC from Australia’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra, where he performed a commercial development role and led the organisation’s wholesale pricing strategy. Prior to this Mr Feeney managed industry engagement and commercial access arrangements for NBN Co. He has previously held senior economist positions for NSW Treasury and the Productivity Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.



Associate Professor Nelson joins the AEMC from his previous position as Chief Economist at AGL, one of Australia’s largest energy businesses, where he managed the company’s public policy advocacy as well as sustainability and strategy. He is a member of Westpac’s Stakeholder Advisory Council and the Grattan Institute’s Energy Reference Group. He previously held a number of roles with the NSW Government and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Associate Professor Nelson is an associate professor at Griffith University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of New England for which he earned a Chancellor's doctoral research medal.

About the AEMC
The Australian Energy Market Commission is the independent body responsible since 2005 for providing advice to Australian governments on the electricity and gas sector. We report to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) through the COAG Energy Council. We have two functions. We make and amend the national electricity, gas and energy retail rules and conduct independent reviews of the energy market for the COAG Energy Council.

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