Cameron nominated

Grady Cameron.
Grady Cameron.
Aurora Energy chief executive Grady Cameron hopes to have put the challenges of the past few years behind him.

Mr Cameron (39), also chief executive of Delta, has been named one of three finalists in the Young Executive of the Year category of the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards.

The winner will be announced in Auckland on August 13.

Mr Cameron's nomination, for both his roles, comes after a tumultuous few years for Delta.

Since 2012, the company has lost at least $6.4 million from property purchases at Jacks Point and Luggate, closed its entire civil construction arm and shed almost 150 workers.

And now, Aurora's $139 million network reinvestment plan would see its debt increase by $38.2 million while its dividend - used by the Dunedin City Council to offset rates - would drop by $2 million a year.

Mr Cameron told the Otago Daily Times he hoped his nomination helped with ''putting aside some of the challenges we've had of the past'', and reflected the hard work of more than 500 Delta staff.

''I'm the face to represent a wider organisation that I think is doing a huge amount of really good, really exciting stuff ... who are working extremely hard behind the scenes, doing a heck of a lot of really positive stuff around the community.''

Mr Cameron is up against Trent Tscheuschler, of Powerco, and James Whistler, of Transpower, for the award, which is open to executives of up to 40 years of age.

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