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Business Stream has confirmed that Johanna Dow is to be its permanent Chief Executive.

Posted: 5th February 2015
Ms Dow has been with the non-domestic water and waste water company since it was spun out from Scottish Water in 2007 ahead of the Scottish market being opened up to competition.

She was promoted from Finance Director to interim chief executive following the departure of Mark Powles in October last year.

Now Ms Dow, who has won a number of business awards during her career to date, will be charged with leading Business Stream’s push into the English non-domestic water market which is soon to be opened up in a similar way to Scotland.

Business Stream chairman Ronnie Mercer said: “No-one knows Business Stream better than Jo. As chief executive she brings a very strong commercial understanding as well as an exemplary focus on our Scottish customers.

“Jo has also been at the forefront of efforts to ensure market reform works for customers in England, and since her interim appointment in October of last year has thrown herself into meeting customers, industry stakeholders and government to further this important objective.

“She will be an excellent leader of the business as it moves towards a pivotal time for the water market, ensuring we continue to focus on working closely with our customers in Scotland and delivering improved choice to customers in England.”

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