GE Renewable Energy has announced the appointment of Jan Kjaersgaard as the new CEO of its Offshore Wind business effective 28 June 2021.
Kjaersgaard, who is succeeding John Lavelle, joins GE from FLSmidth, where he was most recently president of the cement business, including full EPC turnkey plants, products business and aftermarket services.
He previously served as VP Global Sales of Siemens’ onshore and offshore businesses before becoming CEO of Siemens Wind Power Americas and later on CEO for Siemens Wind Power EMEA.
He came to Siemens from Bonus Energy, where he led the organization’s commercial team and was involved in some of the first utility-scale offshore wind projects in European waters before the company was acquired by Siemens in 2004. From 2014 to 2017 Kjaersgaard was CEO of international steel contractor Bladt Industries and continued to gain expertise in the offshore wind sector.
Jérôme Pécresse, president and CEO of GE Renewable Energy, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Jan to our leadership team to lead our growing Offshore wind business. Offshore wind is poised to grow dramatically in the coming years, and Jan is ideally suited to take GE’s Offshore Wind business to the next level during that global growth curve. I also want to deeply thank John for the critical role he played in positioning our offshore wind business for success as well as his many contributions to GE during his distinguished career. John has been a great partner and mentor to me, and so many of us at GE.