GE Renewable Energy appoints new Offshore Wind CEO
Jan Kjaersgaard. Picture credit: GE Renewable Energy.
Jan Kjaersgaard has succeeded John Lavelle as the chief executive officer of GE Renewable Energy’s Offshore Wind business, the renewables arm of US conglomerate General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) announced on Monday.
The appointment became effective the same day as the announcement. Kjaersgaard previously served as president of the cement business of FLSmidth and before that held a number of positions at Siemens, including CEO of Siemens Wind Power Americas and of Siemens Wind Power EMEA.
Lavelle, meanwhile, is retiring and thus putting an end to his almost 40-year career with GE. Under his leadership, the particular business installed the first-ever offshore wind farm in the US, developed the 12-MW Haliade-X turbine and expanded its global presence from Europe to the US, China and Japan.
Presently, the business has commercial agreements in place that represent 5.7 GW of customer commitment backlog.