OAKVILLE, ON, Aug. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ - Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. ("AQN" or "the Company") (TSX: AQN) (NYSE: AQN) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Darren Myers Chief Financial Officer. This follows the decision of Arthur Kacprzak to step down from this role effective immediately. Mr. Kacprzak has agreed to remain with the Company in an advisory capacity through the end of 2022 to support a smooth transition to his successor.
"I am delighted to have a financial executive with Darren's proven leadership join Algonquin as the company continues to lead the decarbonization transformation in the energy and water industries. Darren has served as CFO for two premier Canadian public corporations and has significant capital markets experience in Canada and the US," said AQN Chief Executive Officer Arun Banskota. "The Company will benefit from his breadth and depth of experience in finance, his strategic leadership, and commitment to ensuring a strong balance sheet as we continue to grow both our regulated and renewable businesses and provide strong returns to our shareholders."
Mr. Myers most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Loblaw (TSX: L), Canada's largest retail company. During his tenure, he improved capital discipline, elevated the performance management system, and balanced long-term investments and earnings growth while the Company navigated challenges with market disruption and the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to Loblaw, Mr. Myers spent 16 years at Celestica (NYSE and TSX: CLS), a global supply chain and manufacturing company. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2012 to 2017 including responsibility for Global Business Services and IT. As CFO, he helped the company shift its strategy to grow in new markets, drive operational execution and generate cash flow and reduce debt.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank Arthur for his service over the last 10 years and most especially for his support when I joined Algonquin in February 2020 as President and through my transition to CEO," said Mr. Banskota. "I know I speak for everyone at Algonquin in saying how grateful we are to him for his many contributions during a period of significant change at the Company."
"I am confident that Darren will be instrumental in delivering the strong financial results shareholders expect from Algonquin", said Board Chairman Ken Moore. "I also want to express my appreciation for Arthur's dedication to the Company's stellar performance. He has been an outstanding colleague and friend to the Company and the Board. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours."
About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. and Liberty
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., parent company of Liberty, is a diversified international generation, transmission, and distribution utility with over $17 billion of total assets. Through its two business groups, the Regulated Services Group and the Renewable Energy Group, AQN is committed to providing safe, secure, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable energy and water solutions through its portfolio of electric generation, transmission, and distribution utility investments to over one million customer connections, largely in the United States and Canada. AQN is a global leader in renewable energy through its portfolio of long-term contracted wind, solar, and hydroelectric generating facilities. AQN owns, operates, and/or has net interests in over 4 GW of installed renewable energy capacity.
AQN is committed to delivering growth and the pursuit of operational excellence in a sustainable manner through an expanding global pipeline of renewable energy and electric transmission development projects, organic growth within its rate-regulated generation, distribution, and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions and value enhancing recycling of assets.
AQN's common shares, Series A preferred shares and Series D preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN, AQN.PR.A, and AQN.PR.D, respectively. AQN's common shares, Series 2018-A subordinated notes, Series 2019-A subordinated notes and equity units are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN, AQNA, AQNB, and AQNU, respectively.
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