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Ørsted strengthens Offshore North American leadership team

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Two new additions to the Offshore North American leadership team at Ørsted bring both strong expertise in the renewable power industry and extensive government relations experience.

David Hardy has been appointed president and chief operating officer for North America, Offshore, and Pamela Farrell Venzke is the new president for external affairs. Both executives will bring their extensive expertise, connections and experience to the Ørsted team as the company continues to lead the way in U.S. offshore wind projects growth.

“As we continue develop and expand our project portfolio in the U.S., I’m thrilled to be welcoming such strong new voices to our leadership team. David and Pamela bring unparalleled experience and expertise to our efforts as Ørsted continues to lead the way in the North American offshore wind industry.”

Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted North America, Offshore.

In his role, Hardy will manage the end-to-end portfolio of Ørsted assets from development to operation, leveraging his unique expertise to optimize efficiencies and bringing the leading portfolio of offshore wind farms to the company online.

“The potential for offshore wind to transform our country’s energy landscape is real, and Ørsted’s experience, along with its push to develop new markets to grow this clean energy industry, is urgently needed. This is an opportunity to solidify Ørsted’s presence on the East Coast, and I look forward to working with the dedicated group of professionals and experts that the company has brought together to build this emerging industry.”

David Hardy, president and chief operating officer for North America, Offshore.

Hardy comes from Senvion where he worked as executive director and chief sales officer. At Senvion, he supervised all of the company’s regional operations, including sales, construction , service, and company support, as well as providing cross-functional leadership as the group’s executive director.

Venzke will oversee teams managing government relations, public affairs, communications, sustainability and regulatory approvals.

She comes from GE to Ørsted where she was GE Power’s managing director of global government affairs and policy. She was a member of the GE Power Executive Leadership team, and worked on the corporate law & policy council of the chairman.

“It’s exciting to work in an emerging market that happens to be your home country. The U.S. is in a position to be a world leader in offshore wind and Ørsted is the company that can get us there. With more than 6.8GW in operation and another 3.1GW in construction, Ørsted has the experience and the track record to establish offshore wind as a major power source and economic driver for the U.S. at a time when we need that more than ever and I am so happy to be a part of this journey.”

Pamela Farrell Venzke, president for external affairs.

Hardy will be based out of Ørsted’s Boston and Providence joint headquarters, and Venzke will work out of Washington, D.C.

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