EWEA hands CEO role to former Danish civil servant

EUROPE: The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has announced it is replacing outgoing CEO Christian Kjaer with Thomas Becker, a former deputy permanent secretary at the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy.

Becker (centre) being introduced to EWEA staff
Becker (centre) being introduced to EWEA staff

Becker is set to join EWEA after Kjaer's departure on 1 April. Since 2010, Becker has been CEO of tyre recycling company Genan and has previously worked for the Danish Ministry of the Environment and for the Danish Environment Protection Agency.

Speaking about this appointment, Becker said: "I want to turn the crisis facing the wind industry today into an opportunity to show how wind energy could contribute to jobs, exports and green growth. The wind industry is here to stay.

"It is now a mainstream industry and a major employer and, as its leading voice, EWEA has to be heard even more clearly in these difficult times. I see a strong post-2020 European renewable energy policy as the key to investor security and thereby the industry's future."

Kjaer, who came eighth in Windpower Monthly's annual '30 most influential people in the wind energy industry' study, announced his plan to leave EWEA in September.

At the time he said: "This is entirely my own decision and the rather long notice is motivated only by my intention to ensure that the EWEA board and staff can prepare the transition in an orderly and timely fashion."

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