AGL Energy Limited has made interim chief financial officer Damien Nicks’ position permanent.

Mr Nicks had been AGL’s interim CFO since last August and has been with the company since 2013.

Prior to that he held senior roles with Smorgon Steel, Cantor Fitzgerald, Deloitte and Linfox Logistics.

Managing director and chief executive Brett Redman said the appointment came after an extensive search and was an important step as the company finalised its leadership group.

At 1012 AEST, AGL stock was down 17 cents, or 0.82 per cent, to $20.50.