Stevens to give global focus to National Grid

The National Grid Group (NGG) has appointed Susan Stevens as director of group corporate affairs. Stevens joins from NGG’s US subsidiary New England Electric System (NEES) where she was vice-president of corporate communications. She replaces Margaret Stewart who has left NGG. Stewart’s future plans have not been confirmed.

The National Grid Group (NGG) has appointed Susan Stevens as

director of group corporate affairs. Stevens joins from NGG’s US

subsidiary New England Electric System (NEES) where she was

vice-president of corporate communications. She replaces Margaret

Stewart who has left NGG. Stewart’s future plans have not been

confirmed.



The hiring of Stevens marks a ’subtle shift’ in the utilities

communication’s structure, as it moves from a UK focus to becoming a

global utility with affiliates in the US, Brazil, Argentina and

Poland.



Stevens reports to NGG’s CEO David Jones. She is currently building her

communications division at group level and is looking to recruit two

senior PROs to handle strategic marcomms, as well as someone to

specialise in environmental affairs. In total, she envisages a

department of ten in place by later this year.



As a result of the changes, the UK operation National Grid Company (NGC)

now has a separate head. Gareth Lloyd joined NGC from Centrica at the

end of last year as corporate affairs manager and reports to Roger Urwin

who heads NGC and is a director of NGG.



Stevens spent five years at NEES. In 1998, NGG agreed to buy NEES for

pounds 1.8 billion, a deal that is seeking final governmental approval.



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