New President for Vestas Central Europe

Dr. Wolfgang J. Schmitz replaces Hans Jörn Rieks as head of Vestas Central Europe

Hamburg, (PresseBox) - As of February 1, 2012 Dr. Schmitz will take on the position of President of Vestas Central Europe, replacing Hans Jörn Rieks, who headed the company during the strong growth period for the last eight years. Rieks is the new President of Vestas Offshore.

Dr. Schmitz is a 46-year old German who most recently worked at Vestas headquarters in Denmark, where he was responsible for global quality.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Schmitz has worked successfully in executive positions and general management in multinational companies in the energy, automotive and transport sector, as well as in the metal and mining industries in Europe and abroad. He brings an extensive experience on customer focus, cost, safety, and process improvements.

Schmitz studied Business and Engineering in St. Gallen and Aachen.

Vestas Deutschland GmbH

With the industry's largest global market share and most advanced technologies, Vestas is the world's leading supplier of wind energy solutions.

Every day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas' 44,500 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by approximately 50 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence.

Vestas employs more than 22,000 people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. Today, Vestas has installed wind turbines in 67 countries on six continents.

We have global expertise along the entire value chain, from product development and technology, to measuring wind and placing wind turbines in the best possible location, project management, grid integration, performance monitoring and analysis.

The head office of Vestas Central Europe is located in Husum. Vestas Central Europe is responsible for the sales and marketing of wind power systems as well as for the installation and operation of wind power plants in Germany, Benelux, Austria, Russia, Eastern Europe and Southern and Eastern Africa.

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