NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. (BPL) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Mr. Ian Pratt as Acting Chief Operating Officer (COO) , effective immediately.
In a statement released yesterday, BPL said Pratt has been with the Company for more than 20 years, serving BPL and its customers in the Technical Planning Division, Field Operations Division and, most recently, in the Family Island Division.
“The experience he has gained since joining BPL, his institutional knowledge of the company, particularly in the Field Operations Division, and knowledge of the other various operating areas will enable him to effectively formulate BPL’s operating strategy, ensuring that our vision of reliable and affordable electricity to residents of the Bahamas is achieved,” BPL said.
“In addition to his new responsibilities as Acting Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Pratt will retain his current accountabilities as Director of Family Islands.
“Mr. Pratt holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami.”
Pratt replaces Christina Alston, a former BPL COO who was appointed in late 2017 and resigned back in April 2019.
Her resignation was effective immediately.
Alston’s abrupt departure threw BPL’s executive team under the spotlight once again as several BPL board members were replaced by a new board in 2018.
Minister of Public Works, Desmond Bannister, claimed the relationship among the old board members had deteriorated, and they were at odds on almost every critical issue at great expense to the power provider.
But former executive chairman of BPL, Darnell Osborne, and other former board members have refuted these claims.
In February 2019, Osborne, Nicola Thompson, a former board of director; and Roy Nick Dean, a former director and chairman of BPL’s procurement committee took legal action against the minister for damages for wrongful dismissal, alleged misfeasance and slander.