OVO Energy, the UK’s largest independent energy supplier, today announces three new appointments to strengthen its retail leadership team. Bill Castell will be joining as Chief Financial Officer, Charlotte Eaton has been appointed as Chief People Officer and Raman Bhatia joins as Chief Operating Officer.
Bill Castell will be joining as CFO of OVO Energy and OVO Group Controller. Bill was formerly Acting CFO at Virgin Media. Bill was part of the executive team delivering innovative products to over 6 million cable and 3 million mobile customers. Bill created and launched a new One Finance strategy across Virgin ensuring an empowered team, effective capital allocation and controlled delivery. Prior to Virgin Media, Bill had a number of senior finance and operational leadership roles at Barclays, most recently as CFO of Barclays Corporate Bank. Bill started his career as an Officer in the British Army, qualified as an accountant with Deloitte and was an M&A investment banker with Goldman Sachs.
Charlotte Eaton has been appointed as OVO Energy’s CPO. Previously, Charlotte was VP of People at Arm where she took a leadership role in Arm’s largest business unit. During her time at Arm, Charlotte managed a number of business transformation projects and developed a particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Arm, Charlotte was HR Director at HJ Heinz (now part of Kraft Heinz) after starting her career as a HR Business Partner at Barclays Bank.
Raman Bhatia joins as Chief Operating Officer for OVO Energy responsible for the operations of the OVO retail portfolio and the integration of SSE into the OVO family. Previously Raman was Head of Digital Bank for HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management in the UK and Europe. As a member of the Executive Committee, he built a wealth of experience in digital innovation, leading the bank through the design, development, deployment and commercialisation of various digital platforms and products across the UK and Europe. Before HSBC, Raman worked in consumer tech as VP at HouseTrip and Director of Strategy at Expedia for EMEA.
This news comes at a pivotal moment in OVO’s journey following the acquisition of SSE Energy Services earlier this month. With a significantly expanded team and nearly 5 million customers, these appointments will enable OVO to accelerate progress to net zero carbon living and deliver the Plan Zero vision.
Commenting on the appointments Adrian Letts, CEO of OVO Retail, said: “The urgent need and responsibility to address the climate crisis has never been more critical. Bill, Charlotte and Raman all bring a wealth of valuable expertise at the start of a significant year for OVO Energy, where we will be playing a crucial role in helping customers reduce their carbon footprint. That’s an exciting purpose to get behind.”
Bill Castell commented: “The energy sector has a pivotal and immediate role to play in addressing the global environmental challenges we face. I am looking forward to joining OVO Energy to be at the forefront of this change, combining major industry innovation with a meaningful environmental purpose. The recent acquisition of SSE provides the scaled opportunity for the team to bring even more leading technology, products and services to all of our customers’ homes.”
Charlotte Eaton commented: “I’m excited to join OVO Energy and help bring the team together with a shared vision to use our skills to fight the climate crisis. OVO is an incredible business with massive potential, significant 10 year growth, and an ambition that has enormous relevance for every one of us. I can’t wait to get started.”
Raman Bhatia commented: “A better customer experience, digital solutions and new technology is what OVO is famous for. This is an incredible moment for me to join. I’m really looking forward to working with the teams on a journey to zero carbon living.”