Press Release:

Vestas to strengthen digital transformation and Development business with new organisational setup and member of Executive Management

News release from Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Aarhus, 27 June 2022

As the global leader in wind energy, Vestas plays a leading role in providing the solutions and services needed to accelerate the energy transition. To sustain our leading position and help governments and customers address the climate crisis and improve energy security, Vestas will strengthen our organisational focus on our Development Business and our digital transformation. To accelerate our digital transformation, we will establish a new function, Digital Solutions, with the key objective to digitally transform our business to enable stronger customer focus, scalability and profitability. At the same time and to reflect the great progress and growth our Development business have achieved in the last 18 months, and the pivotal role Development plays in accelerating the deployment of renewable energy, we are elevating our Development function to be represented in Executive Management.

The two functions will operate separately and be led by Thomas Alsbjerg, currently Group Senior Vice President of Development, who will be promoted to Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions and Development as of 1 July 2022, heading Digital Solutions and remaining CEO of Vestas Development. The intent with Digital Solutions is to accelerate our efforts within IT/OT (operational technology) and digital transformation through a consolidated unit with a full mandate to run the end-to-end digitalisation of Vestas. The unit will be responsible for improving IT efficiency, integrate digital solutions further into our customer offering, improve our employees’ digital experience and support our core processes across the value chain.

Henrik Andersen, Vestas President and Chief Executive Officer, says: “A key aspect of increasing renewables’ share of the global energy system is a strong digital foundation and solutions that help ensure a resilient, efficient, and secure renewable energy system. Vestas already offers leading digital solutions, and we showed great resilience when we were attacked by cyber criminals last year. Looking at future needs and the lessons of the cyberattack, however, we need a full end-to-end approach and one digital operating model. We strongly believe we can improve both our customer offering, cyber security and efficiency by consolidating our spend across the total Vestas enterprise. I’m therefore very pleased to announce we are taking a big step forward towards this goal and that our continued investment in leadership development and succession planning means we have a strong internal talent in Thomas Alsbjerg to join Executive Management”.

Thomas Alsbjerg, incoming Executive Vice President, says: “Renewables have become truly competitive in the last decade and as we look ahead, we must find sustainable and resilient ways to scale the industry and create energy systems based on renewables. Digital solutions are key to our future energy systems and therefore also how Vestas operates, and I’m proud to lead Vestas’ digital transformation forward. Our Development business has progressed tremendously in the last 18 months, helping us accelerate the deployment of renewables, and with the new structure where I represent two key aspects to Vestas’ continued progress, I look forward to continue scaling our Development business and lead our digital transformation”.

To continue scaling Development globally and evolving its organisation across all Vestas Regions, Nikolaj Tyge Gertz, currently Senior Vice President of Strategy and M&A, will become Chief Operating Officer of Vestas Development on 1 January 2023, reporting to Thomas Alsbjerg. A planning process to determine how Digital Solutions should be organisationally set up has been initiated.


For more information, please contact:
Anders Riis, Vice President, Communications
Tel: +45 4181 3922
Mail: ANPRR@vestas.com

Biographies

Mr. Thomas Alsbjerg
Born:              1973
Nationality:     Danish
Position:         Executive Vice President, Vestas Digital Solutions and Vestas Development (2022-)

Competencies
Education
1992-1998         M.Sc. Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
1998-2002         B.Sc. finance, Copenhagen Business School

Former positions
2021-2022         Group Senior Vice President (GSVP), Head of Vestas Development, Vestas (DK)
2019-2020         GSVP, interim Chief Procurement Officer, Vestas (DK)
2019-2020         GSVP, Head of Corporate Strategy, M&A and Global Intelligence, Vestas (DK)
2010-2019         Various leadership positions across operations, commercial and support, Coloplast (DK)
1998-2010         Various management consultant roles, including at A.T. Kearney & Accenture (DK/US)


Mr. Nikolaj Tyge Gertz
Born:              1986
Nationality:     Danish
Position:         Group Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Vestas Development (2023-)

Competencies
Education
2010-2013       MSc. Finance & Accounting Copenhagen Business School
2006-2009       BSc. Economics & Business Administration Copenhagen Business School

Former positions
2020-2022       Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Strategy, M&A and Global Intelligence, Vestas (DK)
2020-2020       Vice President, Strategy and M&A, Vestas (DK)

2018-2020       Group Director M&A and Strategy, Hempel A/S (DK)
2017-2018       Group Director Operations, ISS World Services (DK/SE)   

2015-2017       Head of Strategy Development and Implementation, ISS Benelux (BE)
2009-2015       Various finance positions, ISS (DK/UK)


About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 154 GW of wind turbines in 87 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 132 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 29,000 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.

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