John D. Gaudet has been appointed the new president and chief executive officer of Maritime Electric.

John Gaudet and Fred O'Brien

John Gaudet, left, will replace Fred O'Brien, the current president and CEO of Maritime Electric. (Maritime Electric)

Gaudet's appointment will be effective April 1. He's replacing the retiring president and CEO, Fred O'Brien.

"John has made a significant contribution to the corporation with his operational leadership and extensive experience with the Company," said James Bradley, Maritime Electric's chair of the board of directors in a news release.

Bradley said Gaudet has led significant improvements in operating efficiency and system reliability for the Maritime Electric.

"We look forward to his continued leadership in his new role".

Gaudet has been with the company for 35 years.

Bradley said O'Brien was a respected and conscientious leader in the utility industry and thanked him for his commitment to the company.