APA Group (ASX:APA) today announced changes to the
organisational and reporting structure of its operations,
and the appointment of additional executives to its senior
In response to APA's considerable growth over the last four
years through both organic developments and acquisitions,
APA has today announced a reorganisation of its
organisational and reporting structure to better reflect
its discrete core businesses and significant infrastructure
development activities. This reorganisation replaces APA's
current functional divisions of Commercial and Operations.
Following the reorganisation, APA will have three business
divisions aligned with its core businesses:
Strategy and Development - the development and operation
of complementary and new energy assets which enhance or
protect APA's asset portfolio;
Transmission - the operation of APA's natural gas
pipelines and associated storage facilities, together
with the commercial sales function relating to these
Networks - the operation of APA's investments in natural
gas distribution networks.
Two new divisions have been established to oversee APA's
significant capital works:
Infrastructure Development - responsible for engineering
services and the delivery of APA's infrastructure
expansion projects; and
Strategic Projects - responsible for the management of
APA's major capital works projects, including the
Mondarra Gas Storage Facility expansion and the
Diamantina Power Station development.
APA's corporate services of Finance, Human Resources and
Company Secretariat are unchanged. There will be no change
to statutory segment reporting as a result of the
APA Managing Director Mick McCormack said "The new
organisational structure we've announced today prepares APA
for the next phase of our growth. It brings together the
revenue and cost sides of each core business and improves
our ability to respond to our customers' needs and optimise
the services we provide. It also better aligns the business
with our strategy, with a focus on our organic
infrastructure expansion projects and complementary power
These changes have resulted in the creation of five new
leadership roles and two new appointments to the senior
Ross Gersbach, currently Group Manager Commercial, has been
appointed to the newly created role of Chief Executive
Strategy and Development. Ross will focus on further
enhancing APA's portfolio of assets that complement the
value of its infrastructure, including APA's investments in
gas-fired and wind power generation, and oversee the
operation and development of these assets. He will continue
to be responsible for APA's Energy Investments, group
strategy, regulatory and government affairs, environmental
development and mergers and acquisitions.
The Transmission and Networks businesses will be headed by
two new appointees to APA's senior leadership team, Rob
Wheals and John Ferguson.
Rob Wheals is currently General Manager Commercial where
for the last four years he has been responsible for
managing APA's pipeline revenue contracts and customers on
a national basis. This has included the organic expansion
of APA's gas transmission and storage portfolio, totalling
in excess of $500 million of capital projects over this
time. Rob will move into the newly created role of Group
Executive Transmission where he will manage both the
commercial sales and operations of APA's gas transmission
John Ferguson is currently General Manager Networks and is
responsible for the operation and management of APA's and
Envestra's network businesses, covering 25,000 kilometres
of gas distribution pipelines and 1.2 million gas users in
eastern Australia. John will move into the newly created
role of Group Executive Networks and maintain leadership of
the operation of APA's gas networks businesses. John's four
years in APA is a continuation of his 30 year career in the
gas infrastructure business, covering operations, network
development and gas marketing.
Stephen Ohl, currently Group Manager Operations, has been
appointed to the newly created role of Group Executive
Strategic Projects, and will apply his 35 years' experience
in energy infrastructure construction and operation to
APA's major capital works.
Peter Fredricson continues as Chief Financial Officer,
Peter Wallace as Group Executive Human Resources and Mark
Knapman as Company Secretary.
APA will appoint the Group Executive Infrastructure
Development in due course.
All the senior leadership positions will report to Mick
McCormack. Mick has been APA's CEO since July 2005 and a
senior leader throughout APA's 12 year history.
The new organisation structure is attached as an appendix
to this announcement (see link to 'Download
PDF' below). The new structure and appointments will be
effective from 1 May 2012.