Emera appoints Rob Bennett VP and chief operating officer

Published on January 8, 2013

Pictou County native Rob Bennett has climbed another rung of the corporate ladder with Emera Inc.

After about 4 1/2 years as president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power, Bennett has been promoted to the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer at Emera Inc.

Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera Inc., announced this and other executive changes for Emera Inc., Nova Scotia Power and Emera Caribbean Tuesday. In this new position, Bennett will have a broader scope of responsibility, overseeing all operating assets across Emera.

The position is newly created, said Huskilson, and was needed because of increased growth in the company.

“I’m excited about joining the Emera executive team at this point because there’s so many great things happening,” Bennett said.

He said as a boy growing up in Pictou County he never expected that one day he’d be in this kind of a position, and considers himself fortunate to be able to work as a leader in a Nova Scotia company.

“It’s a rare pleasure,” he said.

Huskilson had nothing but praise to offer for Bennett.

“In Nova Scotia, Rob Bennett has led significant progress over the last number of years, including improving system reliability, shaping the utility’s transformation away from coal to significantly more renewable generation and a made-in-N.S. solution to GHG reductions,” Huskilson said. “Bob will move the plan forward as we continue to transform how we make electricity in Nova Scotia, enhance customer service and provide Nova Scotians with access to cleaner, more stably priced power.”

Bob Hanf has been appointed president and CEO at Nova Scotia Power, filling the position being vacated by Bennett. Hanf has most recently been executive chairman of Light & Power Holdings in the Caribbean. Prior to that, he served as chief legal officer for Emera.