World Wide Wind AS has appointed Bjørn Simonsen as new CEO of the company.
“We are proud to announce that Bjørn Simonsen has accepted the position as CEO of World Wide Wind. With Bjørn’s personal skills, contacts, knowledge and experience when comes to investment, technology, sustainability, and management, we look forward to his contributions in taking World Wide Wind into the next stage of expansion”, - says Stian Valentin Knutsen, Chairman of World Wide Wind.
Bjørn Simonsen comes from the position as CEO of Saga Pure ASA, a listed investment company on the Oslo Stock Exchange, which during his tenure from 2020 to early 2023 was fully dedicated toward green investments. He previously spent 6 years in Nel ASA, where he played an important role in conjunction with the company’s listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2014, and the early strategic development of Nel, bringing the company to the center of the international hydrogen scene.
He also led the Norwegian hydrogen association for several years and has worked as a hydrogen research engineer at the Institute of Energy Technology (IFE). Bjørn Simonsen has a Master of Science degree in electrical and process engineering from NTNU, the Norwegian Technical University.
“I have followed the development of World Wide Wind with great interest and admiration since first becoming aware of the company. Offshore wind is about to become a significant contributor to the global renewable energy mix, but to truly unlock its potential we need to develop robust and cost-efficient floating wind turbine solutions. In my view World Wide Wind offers the most appealing and sustainable concept for doing just that, and I’m therefore very excited to join the team in realizing the company’s vision”, - says Bjørn Simonsen, who will take up the position as CEO of World Wide Wind second half of August.
Bjørn Simonsen is replacing Trond Lutdal who has been with the company for the last two years.
“We thank Trond for his contribution to taking the company forward and wish him good luck in his new endeavors,” - says Stian Valentin Knutsen.