he energy supply giant to emerge from the SSE-Npower tie-up will be spearheaded by the chief executive behind the high street mega-merger of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse. The big six energy suppliers have poached Katie Bickerstaffe from the electrical retailer amid an exodus of top talent from Dixons Carphone to lead the new £3bn energy supplier which is expected to begin trading by early next year. Ms Bickerstaffe, the boss of Dixons Carphone’s UK and Ireland business, will take up the post later this year. She is the first to be appointed to the board of the new venture between Npower and SSE’s retail spin-off which will supply around 11.5 million homes across the UK. She is also the first female chief executive of a major household energy supplier in the UK. The new company will be Britain’s largest electricity supplier, second only to British Gas as the country’s largest household gas supplier, at a time of rising political and competitive pressures facing utility companies.
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