Vattenfall’s senior vice president and head of wind Gunnar Groebler is to leave the company in early 2021 to become chief executive of German steel-making company Salzgitter AG
Mr Groebler will replace Salzgitter’s current chief executive, Professor Dr-Ing Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, who is to retire in 2021.
Mr Groebler joined Vattenfall in 1999 and has been a key figure in the company’s transition to renewable energy. He is also well-known figure in the industry as a whole and was until recently chairperson at WindEurope.
Mr Groebler said, “After 21 exciting and rewarding years at Vattenfall, I have decided to move on. I Iook back to a great journey, developing Vattenfall’s wind and solar business into one of the leaders in the industry.”
Vattenfall president and chief executive Magnus Hall – who is also set to leave the company after nearly six years as president and chief executive – said, “Gunnar has had a long career at Vattenfall and has played a key role in driving our development and growth within wind and solar.
“His strong commitment to Vattenfall’s strategy has contributed strongly to what we are as a company today.”
To ensure a smooth transition and handover, Mr Groebler will remain in his current role until May 2021 at the latest and a recruitment process for his successor has started.
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