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Australian infra-tech energy business Evergen appoints new CEO Ben Hutt

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19 Aug

Australian infra-tech energy business Evergen appoints new CEO Ben Hutt

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Sydney, Australia, 24 April 2019 – Infra-tech energy business and the provider of Australia’s only CSIRO-developed, intelligent energy management system, Evergen, has appointed innovation leader Ben Hutt as its new CEO and Managing Director.

Former Chief Program Director and Entrepreneur in Residence at Australia’s leading provider of corporate innovation programs, Slingshot, Mr Hutt comes from a strong business background with over 15 years’ experience in management consulting and problem solving with top-tier firms including Macquarie Group and PwC Consulting. In his role at Slingshot, Mr Hutt was in the heart of the Australian startup ecosystem advising high performing startup and scale up companies, and connecting them with clients including Qantas, Lion, HCF and Caltex through Slingshot Accelerator programs.

Michael Cummings, Chairman of Evergen and Global Co-Head of Asset Management for AMP Capital’s infrastructure equity business, described Mr Hutt as an exceptional leader with a great combination of skills and experience, and the ideal person to lead the company through its next phase of growth and development.

“On behalf of the Board and the Shareholders, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Hutt, an experienced startup founder and execution-focused entrepreneur, to the role of CEO and Managing Director. Ben has significant experience in setting companies up for growth, in developing collaborative partnerships and scaling internationally. Ben is a unique and experienced CEO, and we are delighted he has accepted the opportunity to grow Evergen and be a driving force in the renewable energy and infra-tech revolution,” said Mr Cummings.

Evergen’s new CEO Mr Hutt said, “I believe we live in an unprecedented era of global change around how we generate and consume energy. Climate change has never been more evident, and people around the world are beginning to rapidly change how they consume energy. These changes are accelerating through industry and governments, and the renewable energy industry will be a driving force in enabling transition from the carbon economy to the green economy. I believe that ten years from now, we could see more than 50% of the world’s energy generated through renewable sources, and this will lead to significant economic and social changes in Australia and globally.

Solar and battery technology, and the decentralisation of energy networks is critical to these changes and Evergen is at the forefront globally of the technology required to power and coordinate the energy network of the future. I am excited to be able to bring to Evergen everything I have learned throughout my career, in particular the skills I’ve honed supporting more than 100 of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs over the last two years. I strongly believe in business partnerships and collaboration to accelerate change – and look forward to working with like-minded businesses in the evolving energy market.”

The five years preceding his role at Slingshot, Mr Hutt had spent building a globally disruptive recruitment startup, which he grew from humble beginnings in Australia to a team of 70+ with offices in UK, Canada, USA, and thousands of customers all over the world. During his tenure as CEO and Managing Director of Search Party Group, he raised significant capital (more than $20 million), listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2016 (ASX: SP1) and took the business from $0 to $50 million+ in market capitalisation.

Evergen’s outgoing CEO and co-founder, Emlyn Keane, will remain on the Board.

Mr Cummings said, “I’d like to thank Emlyn for building Evergen, and we’re delighted he will remain on the Board to help oversee the next stage of its growth and provide continuity, particularly with key relationships. Emlyn has successfully led the team and developed important relationships with tier 1 property developers, operational partners, and hardware suppliers. We are very excited for the next chapter in Evergen’s growth, and excited to continue our momentum both locally and further afield.”

-ENDS-

About Evergen
Evergen is an infra-tech green energy business and the provider of Australia’s only CSIRO-developed, intelligent energy management system. Evergen sells and manages intelligent home energy systems comprising solar power and batteries. The ’intelligence’ technology provided by the CSIRO periodically analyses and remotely updates the system to improve over time. AMP Capital is a major investor in the company alongside CSIRO. Evergen is a multi-award winning business that has earned a CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award, awarded the 2018 Optus My Business Awards Energy Business of the Year, and debuted on the Financial Review Fast Starters 2018 list.

For more information, visit www.evergen.com.au.