Former Shell renewables chief joins Saudi renewables giant ACWA

The former vice president of oil major Shell’s renewables division has joined Saudi Arabian renewables firm ACWA Power. 

Thomas Brostrøm has joined ACWA as the company’s new chief development and investment officer after a two-year stay at Shell. 

Brostrøm served as first senior and then executive vice president of Shell’s global renewables generation division between August 2021 and October this year. He previously worked with Danish renewables major Ørsted as their CEO for US offshore wind between 2015 and 2020, having spent nearly six years in various wind power roles at Ørsted – then Dong Energy.

Brostrøm said he was moving to the Saudi capital Riyadh from London on assuming his new role with ACWA. 

A Shell spokesperson has told Windpower Monthly in June: “Thomas Brostrøm has elected to leave Shell to pursue an external opportunity. We wish him all the best and thank him for his significant contributions to Shell’s renewable generation business.”

Brostrøm was replaced by Greg Joiner, currently serving as vice president at Shell Energy Australia. 

ACWA has a wind pipeline of over 15GW, including a 10GW onshore wind project in Egypt, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.