07 September 2021

Two additions to Contact’s leadership team

Contact Energy (‘Contact’) has promoted Chief Information Officer Iain Gauld and Chief Digital Officer Tighe Wall to its leadership team.

Mr Gauld joined Contact in 2017 and has been in an acting role on the leadership team since March 2021. His responsibilities include IT strategy, architecture, support, vendor management and security.

Mr Wall joined Contact in 2020 and is responsible for driving the ongoing digital transformation of the company. This was initially focused on Contact’s retail arm but has now extended to all aspects of operations including reservoir and well management, operations, and maintenance and trading.

CEO Mike Fuge said Contact was on “an exciting phase of growth” as it pursued its Contact26 strategy to contribute to a better New Zealand by playing a leading role in the country’s decarbonisation journey.

He said he was delighted with the two appointments and that they were “a clear indication” the scope of technology now extended beyond Contact’s retail business and into all parts of the company.

Contact’s leadership team is now:

  • Mike Fuge, CEO
  • Jack Ariel, Major Projects Director
  • Jan Bibby, Chief People and Transformation Officer
  • Dorian Devers, Chief Financial Officer
  • Iain Gauld, Chief Information Officer
  • Jacqui Nelson, Chief Generation Officer
  • Catherine Thompson, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer & General Counsel
  • Tighe Wall, Chief Digital Officer
  • Matt Bolton, Chief Customer Officer (acting)
  • Mike Dunstall, Chief Development Officer (acting)


Contact also confirmed that for the purposes of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 and the NZX Listing Rules, the CEO and Chief Financial Officer are senior managers and will disclose information in accordance with section 297 of the FMCA.


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