British Gas lines up Chris Weston as new boss

Gas rings British Gas has about 16 million UK customers

The UK's biggest energy supplier, British Gas, plans to appoint Chris Weston as its new managing director.

Centrica, which owns British Gas, said it was proposing Mr Weston, the current head of Centrica's US retail gas business, to succeed Phil Bentley.

If approved by the board, it will be formally announced alongside Centrica's financial results on 27 February.

The company has denied reports that Mr Bentley is leaving because of a boardroom rift.

But it is understood that Mr Bentley had wanted to pursue a chief executive role and that was not going to be possible at Centrica.

British Gas has about 16 million customers in the UK.

The exact details of Mr Bentley's departure, after six years as managing director, have not yet been announced.

Unconfirmed newspaper reports suggested last month that he could leave with a total package, including shares and a pension, worth somewhere between £6m and £13m.

More on This Story

From other news sites

* May require registration or subscription

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Business stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Green animalLife in green

    BBC Earth discovers some of nature's weird and wonderful creatures dressed in a colourful coat

Programmes

  • Three men solving a puzzleThe Travel Show Watch

    Why tourists are heading to Budapest for the chance to break out of a room

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.