The water retail market operator, MOSL, has appointed Des Burke to the post of interim chief executive.

He will remain in the role from tomorrow (5 December) until a permanent chief executive is found to succeed Chris Scoggins, who resigned suddenly last month.

Burke’s most recent role was chief executive of Prudential Global Data Services (PGDS), where he led a technology company with a remit to deliver a wide range of digital and IT services to the Prudential Group of regulated companies. Before that, his senior roles in the investment bank Morgan Stanley and BP brought similar demands for high quality IT project design, management, delivery and compliance in regulated companies.

In a letter to members, seen by Utility Week’s sister title Water.Retail, MOSL chairman Jim Keohane wrote: “I am very pleased to report that we have appointed Des Burke to the post of interim chief executive, and that he will be joining us on Wednesday this week.

“In his leadership roles Des has always built a strong culture of continuous improvement. He is well-placed to work with both you our members, and with the MOSL senior leadership team. I know he is looking forward to meeting you and working with you.”

On Monday 19 November, Keohane sent an email to members stating that Scoggins was “no longer acting in his capacity of chief executive of MOSL”.

He said: “We would like to thank him for his services whilst with us, during which time MOSL has launched its first market performance improvement programme, published trading party performance information and devised new metrics for the next round of performance improvement. We wish him well for the future.”

Scoggins began his tenure as the CEO in June 2017 after joining MOSL from Scoggins Interim Services.

He was appointed on 8 May 2017 to succeed former chief executive Ben Jeffs, who left MOSL on 1 June last year.

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