Martha Wyrsch replaced at Vestas Americas
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Martha Wyrsch will leave Vestas in early December.
Vestas Americas announced Monday that Martha Wyrsch, who has led the troubled wind turbine company's North American operations since 2010, will be replaced and is leaving the company in early December.
Chris Brown has been named Group Senior Vice President of Vestas and President of Vestas Americas.
Brown, 52, was two days ago confirmed having resigned his post as the Chief Operating Office for the City of Detroit. Brown will be moving to Portland from Detroit and will be in the office by the first week in December. Brown is in Denmark at the company's global headquarters this week.
"I recognize there are many challenges in the U.S. wind industry," Brown said in a press release. "However, Vestas has tremendous potential and strength. This is evident in the management team, in the brand, and most important, in the many talented people who work at Vestas. I look forward to meeting the people behind the company’s success in the next few weeks and months."
Vestas officials said Monday it was Wyrsch's decision to leave the company.
"Martha has led an ambitious effort at a time in which wind power growth is especially important. Under her leadership, we have safely and successfully managed a record installed base in two major countries committed to the benefits of clean, renewable and affordable wind power," said Juan Araluce, chief sales officer for Vestas, in a statement.
Responding to contracting prices for its wind turbines, coupled with greater market uncertainty prompted in part by the pending expiration of the U.S. federal Production Tax Credit — a key incentive for wind farm development — Vestas has reduced its employee base significantly in the last year, with more cuts expected in 2013.
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