DNV GL has appointed Ditlev Engel as the new CEO of its Energy business area. Starting 4 April, Mr Engel will succeed acting CEO Elisabeth Harstad and report to the Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen. Ditlev Engel will join DNV GL as CEO of the group’s Energy business area, which provides testing, certification and technical advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables, power grids, storage as well as energy use. He 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.
DNV GL Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen says; “I am very pleased to announce that Ditlev Engel has accepted the position as CEO of our Energy business area. 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. I am confident that he will grow our business in wind and solar energy, transmission and distribution systems, and energy efficiency, while reinforcing our leadership position in independent testing of power system components, together with his 2,500 new colleagues in our Energy business area.”
Ditlev 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 to 2013 Mr Engel served as Group President & CEO of the wind power manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S. Before that, from 1985 to 2005 he held several executive positions at coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S, including Group EVP Marketing & R&D, and Group President & CEO in 2000 to 2005.
Mr 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.
Commenting on his appointment, Ditlev Engel says; “I am delighted to join DNV GL and look forward to leading the Energy business in its next phase of development. 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.”
Ditlev Engel holds a degree in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (1990), and has conducted further executive studies at INSEAD, Fontainebleu, France (1997).