Transpower has appointed Alison Andrew to replace outgoing chief executive Patrick Strange when he leaves early next year.
Ms Andrew is an engineer and has held a number of senior executive roles across industries such as energy, chemicals, dairy, pulp and paper.
Her most recent role was Orica global head of chemicals. She has been a Genesis Energy director since 2012.
Ms Andrew was also chief executive of Lexicon group and has held a number of senior roles at Fonterra Co-operative Group and Fletcher Challenge Energy.