Electricity Association of Ireland announces appointment of new Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dara Lynott has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Association of Ireland, the representative body for the all-island electricity sector. He will take up his role from 1st January 2018, for a period of three years.

Mr. Lynott joins the Association following 13 years as an Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In this role he had responsibility for EPA licensing, greenhouse gas and waste inventories, carbon emission trading, the circular economy and the Office of Environmental Enforcement.

Prior to joining the EPA, he worked in the private sector for eight years as an environmental consultant in Boston, USA. He holds a BE from NUI Galway and a MSc from North-Eastern University, Boston.

Commenting on Mr. Lynott’s appointment, the Chair of the Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI) John Newman said: “After a thorough and highly competitive selection process, the Board is delighted to have chosen Dara to lead the Association into the next phase of its development. Dara’s impressive accomplishments in his career to date, complemented by knowledge and experience of the industry, will prove a formidable combination when focused on providing solutions to the energy and climate challenges ahead. Dara will provide a strong and respected voice for the all-island electricity sector as it transitions to a carbon neutral system whilst maintaining energy security, a competitive economy and a safe environment for all.”

Mr. Lynott said: “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join EAI as CEO and look forward to addressing the major challenges facing the sector and ensuring the continued success of the Association. My aim is to build on the optimism and expertise of EAI members so that, through competitive, well-regulated and efficient markets, both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland can address the energy transition and climate change cost effectively and in a way that offers significant societal benefits.”

Mr. Lynott is replacing Dr. Owen Wilson who will retire as Chief Executive after five years in the role and almost forty years’ experience in the electricity sector.

Commenting on Owen Wilson’s time as CEO of EAI, John Newman said: “Through intelligent leadership, Owen has proven an outstanding success at EAI through a period of constant growth and development. On behalf of the Board and the Association’s members I would like to express our sincere appreciation for his substantial achievements.”

Photo (left to right): Chair of the Electricity Association of Ireland John Newman congratulates incoming CEO Dara Lynott.