Wind Farm Developer Names New Chief Operating Officer


PNE Wind AG, a German developer of onshore and offshore wind farms, has appointed wind energy expert Kurt Sturken chief operating officer, effective Sept. 15.

According to the developer, Sturken is reinforcing the executive board chaired by Markus Lesser with national and international project development under a three-year contract.

Sturken has more than 20 years of operational experience in wind energy. He began his career developing wind energy projects in Sweden in 1995, and then he served the Scandinavian subsidiary for the wind turbine manufacturer ENERCON GmbH in Malmö. Sturken later handled global project management at ENERCON in Germany for eight years, during which he supported the company’s launch on the market and its customers in various countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North and South America.

Sturken was most recently employed as managing director of K2 Management GmbH, a project consulting company for wind energy.

Alexis Fries, chair of the PNE Wind AG supervisory board, commented, “With Kurt Sturken, we have been able to appoint a proven expert with a great deal of international experience in project development and project management. He is just as familiar with the operating business as the international wind energy industry and its environment.”

The PNE Wind AG executive board will now consist of four members for a short time. However, Hornung Pederson will be standing down from the executive board as per his contract that expires at the end of November and will then be working on the company’s supervisory board again.

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