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Meridian CEO to stand down

NZN 21/06/2017 Jonathan Underhill

Meridian Energy chief executive Mark Binns will step down at the end of the year, having steered the company from state-owned enterprise to NZX heavyweight.

Binns will leave on December 21 and Meridian's board plans to meet shortly to consider the process for hiring his replacement.

No reason was given for his departure.

He had been Fletcher's original Christchurch rebuild tsar before being tapped for Meridian's top job.

The government attracted some 62,000 New Zealanders to the selldown of 49 per cent of Meridian at $1.50 a share.

They last traded at $2.985, a gain of 99 per cent, giving the company a market capitalisation of $7.65 billion.

"Meridian has performed exceptionally well since listing," Chris Moller said in a statement.

Binns had done an "excellent" job in "leading Meridian through this transformative period", he said.

In February, the company posted a 6 per cent gain in first-half operating earnings while lifting its interim dividend by 4.5 per cent to 5.33 cents a share.

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