Dong Energy have appointed Matthew Wright as it’s new Chair. Dong Energy’s  current UK Country Chairman Brent Cheshire will retire in June after 13 years with the company. Brent Cheshire was Dong Energy’s first UK employee in 2004 and under his leadership, the business has expanded rapidly with over 850 people now working in the UK. Dong Energy has invested around £6 billion in the UK during Brent Cheshire’s tenure and is the UK market leader in offshore wind.

Matthew Wright, who comes from a position as CEO of Southern Water, has been appointed to succeed Brent Cheshire and will become the new Managing Director of DONG Energy UK effective of 1 June 2017. Matthew Wright brings 20 years of experience from the energy business.

Henrik Poulsen, CEO of Dong Energy, said: “Brent Cheshire has played an absolutely fundamental role in the significant growth and success of our UK business and I’m enormously grateful for his leadership, passion and dedication over the past 13 years. Brent has left the UK business in a fantastic position and I thank him for everything he’s done for DONG Energy. This is an exciting time for our UK operation with four new offshore wind farms under construction and our first-ever REnescience bioenergy plant set to open later this year as well. I’m delighted that Matthew Wright will be joining us to continue building on this success.”