Repower appoints Stoddart as CTO

GERMANY: Repower has made a series of changes to its top level management team including the appointment of a new CTO to replace Matthias Schubert.

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The company has appointed Russell Stoddart, vice president of engineering and sales at US automotive company Borgwarner, to the CTO role. Stoddart was previously senior vice president engineering with Vestas from 2009 to 2012.

Additionally, as exclusively revealed by Windpower Monthly in May, Repower has formally appointed Lars Rytter from Nordex as chief operating officer. Rytter had been Repower's chief supply chain officer prior to joining Nordex in 2008.

Rytter will be charged with cost-cutting, primarily in the areas of supply and production.

As was revealed in May, current COO Vinod Tanti is to rejoin Repower's owner Suzlon.

Other board-level changes include the appointment of regional head of sales, Henrik Böschen, who succeeds Kyriakos Kosmidis and will now oversee lifecycle engineering and sales. Kai Froböse will be responsible for project management, service, finance and controlling.

Speaking about the new appointments, Suzlon CEO Tulsi Tanti said: "I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Stoddart as the new chief technology officer of Repower. His experience and engineering pedigree speak for themselves and I know that he will make a significant contribution at Repower.

"We are also delighted to welcome Lars Rytter back to the company as chief operating officer. These appointments further enhance our strong executive board team, and we wish them luck in their new roles."

The appointments come as Repower looks to cut jobs and operational costs. In April, the German turbine manufacturer said it was attempting to cut costs by EUR 100 million for the 2013-14 financial year.

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