DNV GL appoints energy CEO

DNV GL has appointed Ditlev Engel as the new CEO of its energy business area. Starting 4 April, Engel will succeed acting CEO Elisabeth Harstad and report to the group president and CEO Remi Eriksen.

Engel will be based at the DNV GL - Energy headquarters in Arnhem, The Netherlands and be a member of the executive committee for the DNV GL Group.

“I am very pleased to announce that Ditlev Engel has accepted the position as CEO of our Energy business area,” said Remi Eriksen, DNV GL group president and CEO. “He has extensive knowledge of the global energy industry, which will allow him to continue to develop our value proposition and services to our customers. In addition to his extensive experience building global businesses, he also brings impressive international leadership competence.”

Engel has a comprehensive international business skillset and leadership experience from executive positions based in The Netherlands, UK, Hong Kong, Denmark and Norway. From 2005-2013 Engel served as group president and CEO of the wind power manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems. Before that, from 1985-2005 he held several executive positions at coatings manufacturer Hempel, including group EVP marketing and research and development, and group president and CEO in 2000-2005.

Engel joins DNV GL from a number of senior non-executive board and advisory roles, which he will terminate in order to fully concentrate on his new position with DNV GL.

“I am delighted to join DNV GL and look forward to leading the Energy business in its next phase of development,” said Engel. “A key success factor will be to focus on helping customers effectively address the trilemma of affordable, accessible and sustainable energy in an increasingly complex and changing market. Impressed by DNV GL’s global presence, purpose and values, I look forward to converting DNV GL’s new strategy 2016-2020 into actions together with my new colleagues. Being part of an exciting and competitive global industry, we must collaborate closely together with customers and partners to capture the opportunities embedded in change – from market and regulatory developments to new technologies, digitalization and innovation.”

Engel holds a degree in business administration from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (1990), and has conducted further executive studies at INSEAD, Fontainebleu, France (1997).

Image: Ditlev Engel/ DNV GL

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