Upcoming endorsement of new DEPA leadership first of 3 steps

The privatization fund TAIPED’s anticipated approval, on August 30, of the new leadership at gas utility DEPA represents the first of three key step leading towards a new era for the company.

Earlier this month, Konstantinos Xifaras, a former managing director at gas grid operator DESFA, was named for the equivalent post at DEPA, while Giannis Papadopoulos, managing director at venture capital firm Attica Ventures, was announced as the gas utility’s new company president.

DEPA shareholders will immediately follow up with an extraordinary meeting to offer their approval of the company’s new two-pronged leadership.

Around the same time, a second key step is planned to be taken in the form of an amendment to be submitted to Parliament for a revision of the previous Syriza government’s DEPA split plan. It had envisioned the establishment of two new corporate entities, DEPA Trade and DEPA Infrastructure, as a prelude to the sale of a 50.1 percent stake in the former and a 14 percent stake in the latter.

The recently elected conservative New Democracy government appears determined to pursue a more aggressive DEPA sale policy that will offer majority stakes in both the utility’s trade and network interests. However, finalized decisions on a new company model, the third key step, have yet to be made.