01/06/2012 12:27 EST | Updated 03/07/2012 05:12 EST

B.C. natural gas executive new president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Hydro has a new president and CEO.

Premier Greg Selinger says Scott Thomson will take over the provincial utility giant next month.

Thomson was recently an executive vice-president with FortisBC, the largest distributor of natural gas in British Columbia.

He has also held senior roles at Ernst & Young.

Selinger says Thomson has the experience needed to keep Manitoba Hydro profitable and transform it into a North American leader in renewable energy.

Former hydro CEO Bob Brennan stepped down in August after leading the Crown corporation for more than two decades.