Paddy Padmanathan serves as the President and CEO of ACWA Power since 2007. He is a key member of ACWA Power’s executive leadership team, having spearheaded its expansion since 2005 when he joined the company as a Business Development Director.
A seasoned engineering and energy expert with over 40 years of experience, Mr. Padmanathan helped ACWA Power go from strength to strength to become a company that today has a vast portfolio in various high-growth markets across three continents. At ACWA Power, he has guided the business strategy to deliver power and desalinated water reliably and responsibly at competitive rates. He is also steering ACWA Power’s leadership in energy transition, underpinned by a strong ESG framework, enabling it to be part of one of the largest renewable energy projects in the world.
Prior to joining ACWA Power, Mr. Padmanathan served as the Vice President and Corporate Officer at Black and Veatch, a major global engineering and construction company, where he was responsible for developing privately financed power, water, and wastewater projects in over a dozen countries.
Mr. Padmanathan holds a degree in engineering from the University of Manchester, a postgraduate qualification in Civil Engineering production from University of Lancaster and serves on the boards of several water and power companies.