Azure Power announced two changes to its Board of Directors. Christine McNamara will join the Board effective March 1, 2022, as Independent non-executive Director. Christine has extensive global experience of more than 25 years in leading blue chip energy companies. She has held senior leadership positions across E&P upstream, power, electricity transmission, and telecommunications sectors. Her India energy experience entailed working with PowerGen Plc and BG Group Plc. Christine will take over the Chair of the Audit Committee and shall also join the Board of Azure Power India Private Limited, a subsidiary of the Company.
Arno Harris has indicated his desire to step down from the Board after nearly 6 years due to his other commitments. Arno was the chair of the Capital and Audit Committee of the Company.
Speaking on her appointment Christine McNamara said, “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Azure Power and look forward to working again in the Indian energy market. Azure Power has huge potential for growth in India and I am excited to be part of this journey.”
Arno Harris said, “It’s been a great privilege to serve on Azure Power’s board. I’m proud to have played a part in the company’s accomplishments, building two-and-a-half gigawatts of solar generation capacity, and establishing the company as a leader in India’s energy transition. I depart with confidence that Azure Power is on a solid foundation to continue its success, with a bright future ahead.”
Speaking on this occasion, Alan Rosling, Chairman, Board, Azure Power said, “I would like to thank Arno for his years of astute guidance to Azure Power. He brought passion, deep industry knowledge and wise judgement to our Board and he will be sadly missed. I particularly appreciate the support he has extended to me as I joined the Azure Power team last year at the Board, in his chairing of the Capital and Audit Committees, and in private conversations. I also warmly welcome Christine to the Board. She brings years of energy and power experience and deep financial expertise. Her taking on the Chair of Audit, succeeding Arno, inspires confidence that our processes and control environment will continue to be strengthened as we grow.”
Commenting on the occasion, Ranjit Gupta, MD and CEO, Azure Power said, “We thank Arno for his guidance over the last 6 years. During his tenure, Azure Power became the first energy company from India to list on NYSE in 2016. I personally feel grateful and privileged to have worked with him since I joined the company. We are pleased to welcome Christine on Board. Her extensive experience in corporate finance, strong leadership and connect with Indian businesses, particularly in the power sector, will greatly benefit all of us at the Board and the Management. I look forward to working closely with her to ensure Azure Power continues to deliver positive impact for all its stakeholders.”
Arno’s decision to retire was not the result of any disagreement with the company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies, or practices.