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GE Renewable Energy names Jan Kjaersgaard as new Offshore Wind CEO

June 28, 2021
  • Current CEO, John Lavelle, retiring after nearly 40-year career with GE after successfully launching offshore wind business
  • Kjaersgaard brings extensive industry experience and skills needed to take business to next level
  • GE established as a leading Offshore equipment supplier with 5.7 GW commitment backlog and most powerful turbine in operation today

Paris, June 28, 2021 - GE Renewable Energy announced the appointment of Jan Kjaersgaard as the new CEO of its Offshore Wind business effective today. Jan Kjaersgaard will succeed John Lavelle who is retiring after a 40-year career and plans to stay on board to assist with a transition over the next several months.

Kjaersgaard 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.

Lavelle is retiring after a nearly 40-year career with GE during which time he held numerous senior leadership positions, including heading GE Energy’s activities in China and Southeast Asia, GE Energy’s Global Project Operations, as well as GE’s Digital Energy/Grid and Coal Gasification businesses. Under his leadership of GE’s Offshore Wind business, the company installed the first ever offshore wind farm in the US, developed the Haliade-X, the industry’s first 12 MW plus turbine and the most powerful turbine built to date, created a world class operating team, and expanded the global presence of the business from Europe to the US, China and Japan, establishing an operational footprint for future growth. The business has already signed commercial agreements resulting in 5.7 GW of customer commitments with a strong global pipeline of future opportunities.

Commenting on his appointment, Kjaersgaard said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead GE’s offshore wind business at this pivotal moment for the industry. GE is extremely well positioned to help our customers deliver on the enormous promise of offshore wind with the most powerful turbine in operation, the partnership it has already built with world-class customers, and its talented and dedicated offshore wind team.”


About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15.7 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
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