7th December 2023 8:59 am
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Finally, Eskom has published an ad looking for a new CEO

  • After months of silence Eskom has published the job ad for its Group CEO.
  • The candidate needs to be well educated and have at least 15 years senior management experience.
  • The remuneration package is said to be competitive and will include incentives.

While we’re sure Eskom has been working furiously in the background searching for a new group chief executive officer, at the weekend the utility finally published a vacancy post calling on applications.

Current incumbent, Andre de Ruyter announced that he would be resigning and leaving Eskom on 31st March 2023. While this announcement came down the line in December, it has taken Eskom nearly two months to publish a call for applications. Even more concerning is that Eskom has said that applications for this position close on Monday 27th February which isn’t much time at all.

The utility is searching for a person who has at least 15 to 20 years senior management experience at an executive committee level. The candidate should also have a, “successful track record in managing the strategic turnaround of a commercial entity operating within a complex environment with over 20 000+ employees and an annual turnover in excess of R50 billion”.

In terms of qualifications, a postgraduate degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Economics or suitable qualification at NQF level 8 with 480 credits is preferred. Eskom adds that an undergraduate degree in the realm of business, specifically a Master of Business Administration or a similar qualification would be an advantage.

“The incoming Group Chief Executive Officer will report to the Chairman of the Board, serve as a member of the Group Executive Committee and act as Executive Director of Eskom” reads the job posting.

“Eskom’s core business is to keep the lights on and maintain appropriate levels of Energy Availability Factor (EAF). He/she will be responsible for strategic leadership and financial sustainability of the organisation, with particular emphasis on proactively shaping the future of Eskom. They will also be responsible for building an ethos of excellence and continuous improvement in the provision of the highest levels of customer service within a dynamic market environment,” the advert continues.

As for the salary, that’s not explicitly stated, but it is said that the package will be competitive and “incentives commensurate with the demanding requirements of the role” are on offer.

The utility is looking both internally and externally for de Ruyter’s replacement.

The process for submitting applications for the position can be started at this link.

Speaking of Eskom, loadshedding continues throughout this week.

As of time of writing Stage 3 is in effect until 16:00 where after Stage 4 will be in effect from 16:00 until 05:00. This continues all week until Wednesday when Eskom hopes to switch to Stage 2 between 05:00 and 16:00 and Stage 3 from 16:00 to 05:00.

When de Ruyter became Eskom group CEO in 2019 he beat out 142 applicants to get the job. Previously the CEO at Nampak, de Ruyter agreed to take a lower salary than the position paid. Whether similar negotiations will take place for the forthcoming replacement is unclear.

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Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

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