British Gas has today confirmed that Chris Weston, Managing Director, will leave the company on 31 December 2014, following his resignation in May.

Ian Peters, currently Managing Director, British Gas Residential Energy, will assume the role of Managing Director of British Gas on 1 December. He will hold the post on an interim basis while a permanent replacement is sought under the leadership of the incoming Centrica Chief Executive, Iain Conn, who joins the company on 1 January 2015.

Centrica Chairman Rick Haythornthwaite thanked Chris Weston for his significant contribution to the company over the last 11 years, leading a number of its businesses in North America and the UK.

Rick Haythornthwaite commented on Ian Peters’appointment: “Ian has deep industry knowledge and experience, and is well placed to assume this role on a transitional basis, as weseek a permanent replacement under Iain Conn’s new leadership.”

Ian Peters said: “It will be a privilege to lead the company through this transitional period. Customers are at the heart of our business, and we will continue our strategy of investing in service and innovation, to help our customers understand and control their energy use, and keep their bills down. I look forward to working with the leadership team overthe coming months at a time of intense competition in our sector.”

Further internal management changes, following Ian’s appointment, are:
– Stephen Beynon, currently Managing Director, British Gas Business, is appointed to the role of Managing Director, British Gas Residential Energy.
– Stuart Rolland, currently Chief Operations Officer, steps into the role of Managing Director, British Gas Business.
– Matthew Bateman, currently Managing Director of British Gas Service & Repair, will lead British Gas Residential Services.