Europe – Vendredi 8/03/2019 – « Ils bougent » energiesdelamer.eu. WindEurope’s Board of Directors has elected Gunnar Groebler – Senior Vice President, Business Area Wind at Vattenfall – as the association’s new Chair. The Board, made up of corporate members, national associations and other organisations appointed Groebler for an 18-month term. Nordex’s Tony Adams becomes the association’s new vice chair.
Commenting on his appointment, Gunnar Groebler said: “It is an honour for me to have been elected as WindEurope’s new Chair. We’re at an exciting time for wind energy. The technology continues to evolve and with it costs are coming down. Wind is an increasingly affordable source of power for people and businesses. The next challenge that we face as an industry is to continue ramping up scale as Europe phases out fossil fuels and electrifies its economy. Wind energy is ideally poised to become Europe’s future electricity producer of choice”.
Groebler, a mechanical engineer by background, has been with Vattenfall in various capacities since 1999. Now Senior Vice President, Business Area Wind, Gunnar Groebler heads up Vattenfall’s wind and solar energy as well as battery operations. Gunnar Groebler succeeds Ivor Catto, CEO of RES, as WindEurope Chair. Tony Adam from Nordex will become the association’s new Vice Chair.
WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “We’re delighted to have Gunnar Groebler as our new Chair. Having one of the world’s biggest renewable energy companies at the helm of WindEurope, with its expertise in wind will certainly be a great asset to us. I’d also like to thank Ivor Catto for his fine work over the last 18 months. He has been instrumental in driving forward WindEurope’s efforts on making the economic case for wind energy in national capitals. I’d also like to think Juan Rivier Abbad from Iberdrola who has played an excellent supporting role to Ivor and the association as our Vice Chair”.
Mr. Gunnar Groebler has been Senior Vice President of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall AB since April 1, 2015. Mr. Groebler served as Vice President of BU Renewables, Region Continental & UK, at Vattenfall from 2014 to 2015. He served as Head of BU Hydro Germany at Vattenfall from 2011 to 2013. He served as Head of Corporate Development & M&A of BG Central Europe at Vattenfall Europe AG from 2009 to 2010.
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