Goldwind Americas' CEO quits to start new venture

AMERICAS: Goldwind Americas' CEO David Halligan will leave the company to launch a new renewable energy venture focussed on distributed and digital energy solutions.

David Halligan joined Goldwind in 2010 and became CEO of Goldwind Americas in 2013

The new company will look to include Goldwind’s permanent magnet direct-drive (PMDD) turbine technology in its range of energy solutions, Goldwind stated.

Halligan will assist Goldwind during a transitional period, the company added, and advise Goldwind after his successor takes over the reigns.

He will also continue to support Goldwind as it "expands into other areas of technology and capital innovation", the company added.

"I am honoured to have had the opportunity to launch and lead the commercialisation in the Americas of one of the world's largest and most innovative wind technology companies," Halligan said.

"I would like to thank Goldwind Chairman Wu Gang for the opportunity to work with his company for nearly eight years and for fulfilling his vision of expanding Goldwind globally as an innovative energy technology leader.

Halligan joined Goldwind in 2010 as chief financial officer and member of the executive team charged with launching Goldwind in the Americas. He became CEO of Goldwind Americas in 2013.

During his tenure, he successfully commercialised Goldwind’s PMDD technology in the Americas, completed its largest ever US tax equity financing for the 160MW Rattlesnake project in Texas, and expanded the company’s installed capacity in the region to roughly 685MW.

It was also Halligan’s idea to offer free wind-technician training to coal miners in Wyoming, Texas and Ohio.

He had previously spoken of his desire to establish a non-profit multi-sector foundation with other companies and educators to address the implications of technological change and globalism, and the American workforce.