At a time when energy companies - particularly former state-owned ones - are at the centre of a political football game, few in the industry will envy Hodges' new role.
He'll replace interim managing director Ian Peters, who will take on the role of director of customer facing strategy.
In a statement, Centrica chief executive Iain Conn said Hodges brings "substantial experience of running a major UK customer-facing business".
Hodges himself added:
It will be a great privilege to lead British Gas, which has a proud heritage, and I am excited by the great potential the company has to benefit customers through improved service and in developing new products.