Rob is a global leader in the energy industry.
Until July 2014 he spent 18 years (the last 9 as CEO) helping position Pacific Hydro as Australia’s most successful and dynamic international clean energy utility. From small beginnings 20 years ago, the company became a leader in the hydro, wind and solar electricity markets in Australia and Latin America.
Prior to becoming CEO in July 2005, Rob had a number of roles at Pacific Hydro including: Development Manager, International Development Manager, Manager Development & Operations and finally General Manager Development & Operations.
Rob grew the company from 40 to over 300 people across Australia, Chile and Brazil as the company more than doubled in size (in generation capacity, value and revenue) during his tenure as CEO. During that time the company developed world class development, delivery, financing and operations expertise in each of its business units to an award winning level.
Rob is a passionate advocate for greater engagement of Australian businesses, education institutions and society with Latin America. He currently serves as the Regional Chair of the Global Foundation for Latin America, Director of the Australia Latin America Business Council (ALABC), Vice President of the Australia Brazil Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and was a previously a Director of the Council of Latin America Relations (COALAR).
Rob has a strong personal interest in advocating economically sound climate change abatement policy and the role that Pacific Hydro played as a trusted advisor to governments in each of its markets on best practice climate change policy. In Australia, he led Pacific Hydro’s efforts in the formation of the Clean Energy Council (CEC) in 2007 and served as its second Chairman from 2009-2011 and served as one of Australia’s representatives on the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP).
Rob holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and has completed an MBA and Master of Applied Finance at Melbourne and Macquarie Universities.