Ian Marchant (businessman)

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Ian Marchant
Born Ian Derek Marchant
(1961-02-09) 9 February 1961 (age 56)
Nationality British
Education Trinity School of John Whitgift
Alma mater Durham University
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1982–present
Salary £1,017,000
Title former Chief Executive of SSE plc
Term 2002–2013
Predecessor Jim Forbes
Successor Alistair Phillips-Davies
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Anderson
Children 2

Ian Derek Marchant (born 9 February 1961) is an English accountant and businessman. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE plc) from 2002 until he left the position as of 30 June 2013.

Early life[edit]

He attended the independent Trinity School of John Whitgift. Afterwards he gained a BA in Economics from Durham University, where a highlight was scoring a try for the University IV VX rugby team.


He was an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1983-92. In 1992, he joined Southern Electric, which became Scottish and Southern Energy in 1998.

Marchant received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2009 [1]

Scottish and Southern Energy[edit]

He became CEO of SSE in 2002 when aged 41. SSE has about 9.5 million electricity and gas customers.

Personal life[edit]

He married Elizabeth Anderson in September 1986 in Bradford. They have a daughter, Sarah and a son, James.


  1. ^ "Honorary Graduates 2009" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2009. 

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Business positions
Preceded by
Jim Forbes
Chief Executive of SSE plc
2002 - June 2013
Succeeded by
Alistair Phillips-Davies
Preceded by
Finance Director of SSE plc
- 2002
Succeeded by