London, 3rd September 2020: OVO, the UK’s largest independent energy supplier serving nearly 5m customers, announces the appointment of Ben Blake as CEO of its flagship retail brand OVO Energy and Simon Maine as Director of Corporate Affairs.
Ben Blake joins OVO as CEO of OVO Energy and Smart Home, which includes responsibility for the brand, propositions and customer experience for the OVO Energy brand alongside the development of OVO Energy brand internationally. Under Ben’s leadership the team will focus on continuing to deliver a market leading experience for OVO Energy members as well as the development of new zero carbon technologies to support the energy transition.
Ben is currently SVP and General Manager at Expedia Group, the world’s largest travel company, where he leads the Hotels.com brand, and brings a wealth of marketing, product management and commercial experience gained from prior roles at McKinsey and CNN. He starts in mid November.
Simon Maine joins the leadership team in the newly created role of Director of Corporate Affairs and will be responsible for public affairs, policy, media relations and sustainability.
As part of the brief he will coordinate corporate communications activity across the whole OVO Group, including all retail brands, international brands and the Kaluza technology brand. Simon joins OVO in mid-October, from strategic advisory firm Brunswick, where he currently leads their practice in power, renewables and new energy technologies.
Ben and Simon join alongside recent senior hires such as CFO Bill Castell from Virgin Media, CPO Charlotte Eaton from ARM and COO Ramen Bhatia from HSBC.
Commenting on the appointments, Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO and Founder of OVO said:
“Both Ben and Simon are world class experts in their field and we’re delighted to welcome them to the team. Over the next ten years as we digitise and decarbonise the energy sector, we have an enormous opportunity to make a global impact for customers and for the environment. Ben and Simon bring a wealth of expertise and will play a critical role in shaping OVO’s future.”
Ben Blake said:
“As the imperative to tackle climate change becomes more acute, it’s an exciting time to be joining the energy sector. Consumers are beginning to engage with the impact of their carbon footprint like never before and brands like OVO Energy are empowering customers to take more control of their consumption. OVO Energy has built a strong brand equity and credibility which gives it the opportunity to be a leading voice on the path to a decarbonised world.
Simon Maine said:
“The rest of the energy sector has been playing catch-up to OVO’s fresh thinking ever since it entered the market. I’ve long admired the business for how it combines a great customer brand with a deep-seated purpose to alter the course of climate change. Corporate affairs will play a critical role in connecting to the audiences who share these passions and will fuel OVO’s growth. I am delighted to be joining the team on the next stage in its journey.”
OVO Energy Retail includes OVO Energy, SSE Energy Services, Boost, Spark Energy and CORGI HomePlan.
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About OVO Energy Retail
OVO Energy was founded in 2009 and redesigned the energy experience to be fair, effortless, green and simple for all customers. Today OVO Energy and its Retail partners serve nearly 5 million customers, all striving to deliver more affordable clean energy for everyone. OVO is on a mission through its sustainability strategy Plan Zero to tackle the most important issue of our time; the climate crisis, by bringing our customers with us on the journey towards zero carbon living. OVO Energy has committed to being a net zero carbon business and achieve bold science-based carbon reduction targets by 2030, while helping members halve their carbon footprint at the same time.
OVO includes the retail brands: OVO Energy, SSE Energy Services, Boost, Spark Energy, CORGI HomePlan.