Thursday 19th February 2015

EDF Trading, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF S.A., announces the appointment of Gene Johnson as Head of West Power and Gas, North America.  Johnson started on Wednesday 18th February and will report to Justin Rowland, Chief Commercial Officer - Trading.   
Johnson has held senior trading positions at Freepoint Commodities where he was Managing Director of West Power and BP Energy where he was Vice President/Head of North American Power Trading.  
Johnson will focus on the development of profitable trading strategies and growth opportunities for the ERCOT and Western US electricity and natural gas markets.  
Stan Horton will continue to head the East Power and Gas trading teams and Blake Bradley will continue to head the Canada Gas trading team.   
“Gene will be a great addition to our senior team in North America.  He has a strong fundamental background and a wealth of experience in the commodities trading business,” said Justin Rowland.   “Gene will focus on developing our West power and gas trading positions and asset portfolio and will work alongside Stan Horton and Blake Bradley in creating EDF Trading’s medium and long-term business plans for their respective trading businesses,” he continued.
Note to editors:
Johnson most recently held the position as CEO of Johnson & Powell Doors & Hardware, a construction business that he started with a family member.  Prior to Johnson & Powell, he was at Freepoint Commodities from June 2011 to October 2013 as Managing Director, West Power.  During his tenure at BP Energy from May 2004 to June 2011, he held the positions of Vice President/Head of North American Power Trading and Head of West and ERCOT Power.  He spent six years in the US Navy as a Reactor Plant Supervisor and Power Plant Instructor.  He has an AS in Engineering Technology from Regents College and is also a graduate from the US Navy Nuclear Power School, Florida.
For further information, please contact:
EDF Trading
Michele Reid, Head of Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7061 4232
Lindsey Greenwood, Head of NA Communications
Tel: +1 281 653 1752
About EDF Trading
EDF Trading is a leader in the international wholesale energy markets. It manages a portfolio of assets which give it the ability to source, supply, transport, store, blend and convert physical commodities around the world.  These capabilities enable EDF Trading to deliver essential asset optimisation services, risk management and wholesale market access to the EDF Group and its third party customers, helping them to realise the value inherent in their asset portfolios.
EDF Trading is active in the electricity, natural gas, LNG, upstream gas, coal and freight and environmental products markets.  It is one of the largest wholesale market traders in Europe for power and gas, one of the main providers of energy management services for power generation companies in the US and the fifth largest marketer of gas in North America.  It is one of the largest importers of coal into Europe and is a leading US energy retailer for large commercial and industrial customers.
EDF Trading is a 100% owned subsidiary of EDF, Europe’s leading electricity producer.  EDF Trading has around 1000 employees with offices in the UK, Europe, Singapore, China, the United States and Canada.  For more information, please visit