Maersk Supply Service has appointed Philippe Kavafyan, former chief executive of wind turbine OEM MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, as a new member of its board of directors
Mr Kavafyan will bring an in-depth understanding of the offshore wind industry, particularly floating wind, to the company and support its transition into renewable energy.
As highlighted by OWJ, demand for anchor-handling tug supply vessels of the type of which Maersk Supply Service has much experience is expected to grow as the floating wind market develops from the mid-2020s onwards.
Maersk Supply Service chairman Henriette Thygesen said, “With Philippe’s background, Maersk Supply Service has gained a senior advisor who brings valuable insights into the offshore wind industry.
“In our transition towards renewables, it is essential that we both build on our 50 years of offshore experience and bring in new knowledge. We expect that offshore wind will be an area of significant importance for Maersk Supply Service in future and are confident Philippe can help us accelerate this journey.”
Mr Kavafyan said, “The maritime experience and capabilities of Maersk Supply Service will be a key element in maturing the floating offshore wind market. Maersk Supply Service can unlock potential for itself and the industry in what is a very promising segment, where technology and operational processes remain to be established.”
Mr Kavafyan has worked in the energy sector for companies like Electricité de France, General Electric and Areva. He was chief executive at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind from 2018 to 2020 and has been involved in the onshore and offshore wind industry for more than 18 years.
Mr Kavafyan will replace Mads Winther on Maersk Supply Service’s board of directors. The board now consists of chairman Henriette Thygesen, Johan Uggla, Magnus Warholm and Philippe Kavafyan.
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