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Vestas appoints new CTO and COO

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Vestas Power Solutions has appointed Anders Nielsen as executive vice president (chief technology officer), while Tommy Rahbek Nielsen will become the permanent COO.

Nielsen is taking over from Anders Vedel who will continue as chief scientific advisor.

Anders Nielsen brings more than 30 years of automotive industry experience including executive positions at Scania, Man Truck & Bus and Volkswagen Truck & Bus. Most recently, Nielsen worked as CTO of Traton Group, a Volkswagen Group subsidiary, and has a established track record in innovation, modularization, and technology partnerships and collaboration.

On behalf of all of Vestas, I’m delighted to welcome Anders Nielsen as our new CTO and confirm Tommy Rahbek Nielsen as our COO. Vestas will continue to push the industry to higher levels with Anders and Tommy, and I’m confident the two functions will work closely to leverage our industry-leading technology investments and unparalleled scale to a level that surpasses past performance.

I’m also pleased we now have an executive management team with the profile and experience to lead Vestas and the industry through the next exciting phase of the energy transition and restart of the global economy.

Henrik Andersen, president and CEO of Vestas.

From 2017 to 2019 Vestas’ deliveries have increased by almost 50 percent and I’m honored to be handed a leading role in efficiently scaling the company further in the current extraordinary circumstances. Modularization offers a great opportunity to scale efficiently, and I look forward to collaborating with my many Vestas colleagues and our great external partners to fulfill the potential of modularization.”

Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, executive vice president of Manufacturing and Global Procurement.

Anders Vedel will report to Henrik Andersen as chief scientific advisor but will turn over his seat in Vestas’ executive management to Anders Nielsen. In his current position, Anders Vedel serves as Henrik Andersen’s executive assistant, as well as the boards of Vestas and MHI Vestas Offshore, providing his extensive expertise in technology , science and renewables.

It has been a great honor to be Vestas’ CTO for almost ten years, and I would like to thank my many colleagues for their hard work, expertise and passion. These qualities have been the foundation of the great success we have achieved together.

“When I started in Vestas, very few people believed a wind turbine rotor would become much larger than 80 meters, or that wind energy could be cost-competitive, but together we have proven the doubters wrong and established wind energy as a leading energy source. I’m pleased Vestas has found such a strong successor in Anders Nielsen and I look very much forward to continuing in my role as chief scientific advisor.”

 Anders Vedel, CTO Vestas.

For the last 25 years, Anders Vedel has with his passion and expertise helped Vestas pioneer wind energy solutions, spearheading numerous large technological breakthroughs and incremental innovations. The technological progress under Anders’ rein as CTO is astonishing, and Vestas wishes to thank him for his contribution. In executive management we are furthermore very pleased to keep a thought leader and friend like Anders Vedel onboard as an executive advisor and a go-to person for many of us.”

Henrik Andersen, president and CEO of Vestas.
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