Boulder Wind Power has announced that Andris Cukurs will be its new CEO and will join the company's board of directors.
Cukurs most recently served as CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. (SWECO), where he led Suzlon's entry into North America and the deployment and support of over 2.5 GW of wind turbines. Prior to that, he was CEO of NEG Micon Wind Energy Corp. of North America through its merger into Vestas in 2004. Cukurs has over 26 years of executive experience focused on commercializing new technologies and scaling operations.
As a result of Cukurs' departure, SWECO has appointed Duncan Koerbel, the company's chief reliability officer and global OMS president, as interim CEO, a company spokesperson tells NAW.
With Cukurs coming on board, Sandy Butterfield, co-founder and former CEO of Boulder Wind Power, has assumed the role of chief technology officer and continues as a board member. Working closely with Cukurs, Butterfield will focus on advancing the company's technology leadership and intellectual property strategy and expanding partnerships with wind turbine manufacturers around the world.
Butterfield, who founded Boulder Wind Power, says that now that the company is more established, it is time for a new CEO.
"It is the perfect time to add a seasoned business leader like Andy to the team to help us expand our organization and achieve global deployment of our product in partnership with wind turbine [original equipment manufacturers]," he notes.