Fred O'Brien retires as Maritime Electric's president and CEO

He will replace Fred O’Brien, who is retiring after 28 years with Fortis and Maritime Electric

Published on February 12, 2016

The board of directors of Maritime Electric announced Friday that John D. Gaudet, left, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Maritime Electric. He will replace Fred O’Brien, left, who will retire on March 31.

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The board of directors of Maritime Electric announced Friday that John D. Gaudet has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Maritime Electric, effective April 1.

He will replace Fred O’Brien, who will retire March 31 after 28 years with Fortis and as Maritime Electric’s president and chief executive officer since 2006. 

 “John has made a significant contribution to the corporation with his operational leadership and extensive experience with the company,” said James Bradley, chairman of the board of directors. “He has led significant improvements in operating efficiency and system reliability for the company and we look forward to his continued leadership in his new role”. 

Gaudet has been with Maritime Electric for 35 years and was vice president in various areas of operations since 1997. From 1981-1997 he held positions in production, customer service, distribution services, corporate planning and energy supply and operations.

From 1998-2005, O’Brien was vice president of operations with Fortis Ontario Inc. in Fort Erie and after returning to Maritime Electric in 2005 he was vice president of customer service. From 1988-1998 he was responsible for engineering, customer service, environment, safety and operations.

“Fred is a respected and conscientious leader in the utility industry,” said Bradley. “On behalf of the board of directors I would like to thank Fred for his strong leadership and dedication to Maritime Electric and wish him well on his retirement”.

In a statement O’Brien said, “there have been many challenges in the industry in recent years and this is an exciting time for the new incoming president. I am confident that the company, our employees and customers are in good hands with John and I wish him well in the job.”