New head at Newfoundland Power

Gary Smith takes the reins from Earl Ludlow

Ashley Fitzpatrick afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com
Published on July 24, 2014

Newfoundland Power has a new president and CEO.

The utility, with over 256,000 customer accounts and serving the majority of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, has announced current president Earl Ludlow will be leaving to take on a new position within Fortis — Newfoundland Power’s parent company.

As of Aug. 1, Ludlow will be the executive vice-president for Eastern Canadian and Caribbean operations.

The Newfoundland Power board of directors has named Gary Smith as his replacement.

"Gary Smith is a respected leader who brings with him a wealth of operational and engineering knowledge and expertise," said Jo Mark Zurel, chairman of the board of directors, in a statement issued today. "He shows an unwavering commitment to Newfoundland Power customers and maintains the highest standards of excellence in safety and reliability."

Smith has been Newfoundland Power’s vice-president of customer operations and engineering since 2008. He has also held senior operations and engineering roles with FortisAlberta and Maritime Electric in Prince Edward Island, but began with Newfoundland Power in 1984.

Ludlow became famous amongst average customers as the voice of “conserve, conserve, conserve,” during a period of rolling and unplanned blackouts on the island of Newfoundland in January of this year.

He was also praised by Zurel in the company statement — noting an “unwavering commitment to Newfoundland Power's customers, employees and retirees, as well as his strong alliance to the community.”