Kurt Stürken will be the new chief operating officer (COO) for the wind farm developer PNE WIND AG from 15 September 2016. The accomplished wind energy expert is reinforcing the Executive Board chaired by Markus Lesser with national and international project development. His contract runs for three years.
Kurt Stürken was born in Bremen in 1963 and has more than twenty years of operational experience in wind energy. The graduate mechanical engineer started with the development of wind energy projects in Sweden in 1995 to then found the Scandinavian subsidiary for the wind turbine manufacturer ENERCON GmbH in Malmö. Kurt Stürken later moved to Germany to manage global project management for eight years for ENERCON. In this role he supported the company’s launch on the market and its customers in various countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, South and North America
This was followed by positions as Investment Director for the project development company Platina Partners in London and Director Global Projects for the wind turbine manufacturer REpower SE (Senvion today). Kurt Stürken was most recently employed as Managing Director of K2 Management GmbH, a project consulting company for wind energy.
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.
Alexis Fries, Chair of the PNE WIND AG Supervisory Board, said:
“With Kurt Stürken 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.”
Markus Lesser, CEO of PNE WIND AG, stated:
“I am really thrilled that Mr Stürken is now supporting us with his extensive knowledge with the development and completion of our major pipeline of wind farm projects. As a result we are even better positioned to participate in the dynamics of the international wind energy market.”