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Low-profile leaders let business do the talking

WORLDWIDE: Following some industry-changing acquisitions and mergers, Windpower Monthly's latest Top 30 of the most influential people in the wind industry is a mix of new and familiar faces. Manufacturers dominate as consolidation continues.

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Only four of the entrants in Windpower Monthly's first list of influential people still feature today. Iberdrola's Ignacio Galan, Suzlon's Tulsi Tanti, Mainstream's Eddie O'Connor and Goldwind's Wu Gang win the longevity award, from 2011 to 2015.

Many of the departures happened in 2012-13, when the industry entered a period of readjustment. The US production tax credit was due to expire, and the Chinese government was cracking down on over-development. Many of this year's ten new entries are industry insiders.

In 2015, prudence has replaced the hell-for-leather expansion of the 2000s, and the list reflects this.

Anders Runevad, number one this year, is a good example. Unlike his predecessor Ditlev Engel, who won in 2012, Runevad has kept a fairly low profile, yet Vestas has delivered solid results, avoided technological gaffes and is still the biggest manufacturer. Three years ago, amid gearbox failures, lawsuits, losses, factory closures, and the inevitable boardroom bloodbath, the company looked like its shutdown mechanism had failed.

The assessment for the Top 30 was carried out in the same way as in previous years. We asked our correspondents, industry experts and, of course, our readers, for their views on which manufacturers, developers, policymakers and financiers, have wielded significant influence over the course of the last year.

We applied more relevance to the manufacturers as we see them as representative of the state of the industry, more so than the financiers, policymakers and developers, who of course all have a vital role. Geographical bias will always be an issue, particularly with politicians, but we were looking for people who have a global impact on the way the sector works.

Sum of the parts

With a few notable exceptions, this list is as much about the companies, the employees and sometimes their predecessors. Nordex CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard earns his position through the strides the company had made to be competitive in emerging markets and low wind.

This is, as always, a subjective list and the rationale for our choices are listed on the following pages. Feel free to disagree. We invite you to note your own list on the comments page of this feature. We look forward to reading them.

The Top 30 at a glance

1. ANDERS RUNEVAD, CEO and president, Vestas

2. JEROME PECRESSE, head of new renewables division, GE

3. IGNACIO MARTIN, CEO, Gamesa

4. MARCUS TACKE, CEO, Siemens Wind Power

5. ANDREAS NAUEN, CEO, Senvion

6. HANS-DIETER KETTWIG, Managing director, Enercon

7. LARS BONDO KROGSGAARD, CEO, Nordex

8. IGNACIO GALAN, CEO, Iberdrola

9. HENRIK POULSEN, CEO, Dong Energy

10. WU GANG, Chairman and CEO, Goldwind

11. ECKHARDT RÜMMLER, CEO, E.on Climates and Renewables

12. LI ENYI, President, Longyuan Group

13. SIGMAR GABRIEL, German vice chancellor and energy and economy minister

14. JOAO MANSO NETO, CEO, EDP Renovables

15. ANTOINE CAHUZAC, CEO, EDF Energy Nouvelles

16. SHI LISHAN, Director, National Energy Administration, China

17. MAGNUS HALL, CEO, Vattenfall

18. WERNER HOYER, President, European Investment Bank

19. FRANCESCO STARACE, CEO, Enel

20. ERNEST MONIZ, US energy secretary

21. THOMAS BREHLER, Head of power, renewables and water, KfW Ipex Bank

22. JENS TOMMERUP, CEO, MHI Vestas

23. SÖNKE SIEGFRIEDSEN, Founder and partner, Aerodyn

24. TULSI TANTE, Chairman, Suzlon Group

25. IAN MAYS, CEO, RES Group

26. EDDIE O'CONNOR, CEO, Mainstream Renewable Power

27. REMI ERIKSEN, CEO, DNV GL

28. STEVE SAWYER, General secretary, GWEC

29. AMBER RUDD, UK energy secretary

30. MAURICIO TOLMASQUIM, president, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica


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