Former Chief Executive
Ben Burge was the CEO of a merchant bank before he was thirty, developing and managing a private equity transaction that was judged private equity deal of the year. He was the founding CEO of eMitch, a listed ASX company that brought new approaches to digital marketing to Australia and was headhunted to lead a key group within IBM Global focussed on data analytics.
Four years ago, Ben a proud father of two, decided he wanted to put his experience and skills to a cause that he cares passionately about. He took on the role of CEO of Meridian Energy Australia because it gave him the ability to “do something” that would have a lasting impact on the environment his children would grow up in.
Since his arrival, Meridian has experienced significant growth. That period of time has seen over $1 billion invested in renewable energy projects in Australia, and the introduction of Powershop Australia, a new retailer focussed on empowering customers and delivering them the opportunity to make a difference both by reducing consumption and supporting a multitude of renewable energy projects.
Under Ben’s leadership, Powershop has become one of Australia’s fastest growing energy retailers attracting more than 60,000 residential and business electricity customers in Victoria and NSW since its launch in February 2014. In addition, he has spearheaded efforts to counter the myths about renewable energy and its impact on power prices that have been so important to the future of Australia’s renewable energy future.