Siemens veteran Dan McGrail will take over from current chief Hugh McNeal in May.
McGrail joined Siemens UK in 2004, leading the company’s plans to develop and invest in offshore wind turbine manufacturing between 2010 and 2014
His list of accomplishments include securing a deal for Siemens’ offshore wind turbine blade factory and port facility in Hull, north-east England – a £310 million (€350 million) investment alongside Associated British Ports to revitalise Hull’s Alexandra Dock.
As managing director of Siemens Power Generation from 2014 to 2017, he expanded Siemens UK’s reach in the thermal power markets, which covered combined-cycle gas turbine power plants and steam turbine power plants for use in biomass and energy-from-waste applications.
From 2017, he took over as CEO of Siemens Engines – formerly Guascor Power based in Zumaia and Spain – leading the rebranding of the company.
Throughout this time, McGrail held vice-chair of the Association of Decentralised Energy and served as chair of the association from 2016 to 2019. He also set up the Heat Network Industry Council to lobby politicians and drive policy reform to build zero-carbon heat networks.
Renewable UK’s current chief McNeal – who’s been at the helm since 2016 – said McGrail ”cared” about the industry.
“He will be an outstanding CEO; he’s a creative entrepreneur with an exceptionally strong track record on bringing the industrial benefits of wind energy to the UK at scale,” McNeal said in a statement.
He added: “Having worked closely with him on the Hull project, I know how much he cares about continuing to expand the supply chain as a priority for the industry”.