People - MAY 9, 2017

Siemens Gamesa names Markus Tacke as new CEO

by Andrea Waitrovich

The board of directors of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy unanimously appointed Markus Tacke as the company’s new CEO.

The appointment takes effect immediately.

Tacke succeeds Ignacio Martín, who in April announced to the board his plans to step down once the merger between Siemens AG and Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA had been completed. In March, the two firms won unconditional antitrust approval from the European Union to create the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines.

Before the merger, Tacke served for four years as CEO of Siemens Wind Power.

From 2014 to 2016, he served as chairman of the European Wind Energy Association/Wind Europe, the industry association for Europe’s wind power businesses.

He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Darmstadt University (Germany), and a master’s degree in combustion and fluid dynamics from Cornell University (New York, USA).

Completing the senior management team, Michael Hannibal has been named as CEO of the company’s offshore business. For the past three years, Hannibal served as CEO of the offshore business at Siemens Wind Power.

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