Vestas hires new president for Americas division
November 16, 2012
Vestas on Monday announced a new president for its Americas division.
Chris Brown has joined the company as group senior vice president of Vestas and president of Vestas Americas. He will succeed Martha Wyrsch, who decided to leave Vestas in early December after three years with the company.
Brown, 52, comes to Vestas after serving as chief operating officer for the city of Detroit. He has experience running an electric utility and independent power operations, according to a news release. Brown's energy background includes time in the offshore wind industry, senior executive at a large U.S. utility and managing director at an international utility, the release stated.
Brown comes to Vestas at a time of volatility, including severe cost-cutting, with 3,000 more layoffs expected by the end of next year.
"I recognize there are many challenges in the U.S. wind industry," Brown said in the release. "However, Vestas has tremendous potential and strength. … My approach will be to understand what we need to continue to do well and address those areas in which we can improve our operations."
The release lauded Wyrsch's leadership, which ended with more than 6,100 wind turbines under service agreements in the region.