Chief Executive Officer
JOSÉ LUIS BLANCO
José Luis Blanco was born in 1970. He began his professional career in 1993 at Industrias Ferri, later going on to join Gamesa, where he assumed various executive positions and roles within the Management Board from 1997 to 2002. Among these were the roles of Managing Director at Gamesa Eolica USA, COO at Gamesa USA, and Engineering Director, CEO and Gamesa Offshore Director. In 2011, he was appointed to the position of Chief Customer Officer and member of the Management Board of Gamesa.
José Luis Blanco joined the Management Board of Acciona Windpower in 2012.
He has been a member of the Management Board of Nordex SE since the company took over Acciona Windpower in April 2016, initially responsible for operations (COO).
Subsequent to Lars Bondo Krogsgaard’s withdrawal from the position, José Luis Blanco was appointed Chairman of the Management Board in March, 2017.
• PADE Senior Management Program, IESE Business School, Madrid, Spain.
• Management Program in Strategy & Operations Management, Caixavigo Business School, Vigo, Spain.
• Degree in Industrial Engineering (and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering), Vigo University, Spain.
Chief Financial Officer
Christoph Burkhard began his career in the area of finance. He started as an analyst for the European Commission in Luxembourg, subsequently moving to BHF Bank in Frankfurt. Thereafter he worked outside Germany for BHF Bank in the Czech Republic (Prague) and for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Russia (Samara and Togliatti).
In 1998, he moved to Siemens Financial Services in Munich, where, for 6 years, he structured and negotiated project and export finance deals for the Siemens operating units. In 2004, he took on a leading commercial position in the large-scale project business of what was the Siemens Mobile Networks division at the time.
Next he changed to Group Strategy at the Siemens headquarters before moving to Hamburg with his family in 2008 in order to start at Siemens Wind Power as CFO for the EMEA Region in the onshore wind business. As of 2011, he then assumed global responsibility for the onshore wind business at Siemens as CFO until moving to Nordex in September 2016.
In his position as CFO, he is responsible in particular for the Corporate Finance, Accounting, Controlling, IT and Legal divisions, including taxes and insurance.
• Master of Science, London School of Economics (LSE)
• Graduate in business administration, University of Tübingen
Chief Sales Officer
Patxi Landa was born in 1972. His career began with positions at engine manufacturer Guascor and technology group Azkoyen. In 2002, he joined the Acciona Group, where he served as Managing Director of Acciona Energy Australia and of Acciona Solar Power in the US.
In 2007, he went on to become Business Development Director and member of the Management Board at Acciona Windpower.
He has been a member of the Management Board of Nordex SE since April 2016, and in this capacity is responsible for Sales.
• Degree in Economics and Business Sciences, University of Navarra, Spain
• Master of Business Administration (MBA), EOI Business School, Spain
• PDG, General Management Program, IESE Business School, Navarra University, Spain
The Supervisory Board
Dr Wolfgang Ziebart,
CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD; CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND MEMBER OF THE STRATEGY AND TECHNOLOGY COMITTEE
Dr Wolfgang Ziebart studied Mechanical Engineering, later completing a doctorate in the subject at the Technical University of Munich. He joined BMW AG in 1977, assuming numerous positions over the course of his career there, ultimately advancing to that of Management Board member responsible for Development and Procurement. In 2000, he was appointed to the Management Board of Continental AG, where he was initially responsible for the company’s brake and electronics business and later advanced to become Deputy Chairman of the Management Board. Between 2004 and 2008, Dr Ziebart was Chief Executive Officer at Infineon AG, where his responsibilities included overseeing the spin- off of the company’s memory chip business. He later moved to Jaguar Land Rover Automotive to assume the position of Director Group Engineering.
Dr Ziebart is Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Chairman of the Executive Committee and member of the Strategy and Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Supervisory Boards of ASML Holding N.V. in the Netherlands and of Veoneer, Inc. in Sweden.
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD; MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMITTEE, MEMBER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE; CHIEF STRATEGY & CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER OF ACCIONA S.A
Juan Muro-Lara holds a degree in Business Administration & Management from the Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) in Madrid, Spain. He began his career working in accounting for Banco de España. Between 1990 and 1992, he served as Assistant to the CFO of Afisa S.A. He then went on to join the investment bank UBS, working at its London and Madrid offices before being appointed to the role of Executive Director. In 2005, he assumed his current position at the Acciona Group. Mr Muro-Lara is Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board and a member of both the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee.
He is also a member of the Supervisory Boards of the following Spanish companies: Acciona Energía Internacional S.A., Hijos de AntonioBarceló S.A., Acciona Global Renewables S.A., Bestinver Pensiones Entidad Gestora de Fondos de Pensiones S.A. and Bestinver Sociedad de Valores S.A.
MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITEE; CHAIRMAN OF THE STRATEGY AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE; MANAGING SHAREHOLDER OF MOMENTUM BETEILIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Jan Klatten studied Marine Engineering at the University of Hamburg and Business Administration at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He held management positions in the automotive industry over a period of 15 years before setting up his own business in 1991. Mr Klatten is Managing Director of momentum Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, momentum-capital Vermögensverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, momentum infra2 GmbH, momentum infra 4 Verwaltungs GmbH and Ventus Fonds Verwaltungs GmbH.
He is Chairman of the Strategy and Technology Committee and a member of the Supervisory Board’s Executive Committee. He was also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of asturia Automotive AG until September 2018.
MEMBER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE; CHAIRPERSON OF THE OECD ROUND TABLE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Connie Hedegaard holds a Master of Science degree in History and Literature. She was a member of the Danish Parliament between 1984 and 1990 and between 2005 and 2010, and also served as Danish Minister for the Environment (2004 – 2007) and Minister of Climate and Energy (2007 – 2009).
From 2010 to 2014 she was the European Commissioner for Climate Action. She is currently Chairperson of the OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development and, since 2015, has also chaired the KR Foundation, an international environmental organization.
Since fall 2016, she has been a member of the Volkswagen AG Sustainability Advisory Board. Since February 2017, she has also chaired the Management Board of Aarhus University, the Board of Berlingske Media A/S and the Administrative Council of CONCITO, a Copenhagen-based think tank working in the field of greenhouse gas reduction.
Ms Hedegaard is a member of the Supervisory Board’s Audit Committee and a member of the Administrative Council of Danish company Danfoss A/S.
MEMBER OF THE STRATEGY AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE; CEO ACCIONA ENERGIA S.A.U.
Rafael Mateo studied Industrial Engineering at the School of Industrial Engineering of the University of Zaragoza,
Spain, gaining a degree with distinction in 1982. In 1987, he went on to additionally complete a General Management Program at the IESE Business School and, in 1995, a Management Program at the INSEAD Business School.
He began his professional career in 1982 at the Spanish utility company Endesa, holding numerous management positions until his departure in 2009. Among these was the role of Managing Director of Endesa Chile, which he assumed in 2005, and that of CEO of Endesa Latinoamerica S.A, which he assumed subsequently and held until 2009.
In 2010, he joined the Acciona Group and, in 2013, was appointed CEO of Acciona Energía S.A.U., a position he still holds today. Mr Mateo is a member of the Supervisory Board’s Strategy and Technology Committee. He is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Acciona Energía International, Spain, and a member of several administrative bodies of other Acciona Group subsidiaries.
CHAIRMAN OF THE AUDIT COMMITEE; LAWYER AND MANAGING SHAREHOLDE OF MAROBAN GMBH AND BABCOCK & BROWN GMBH
Martin Rey studied Law in Bonn and Business Administration at the University of Hagen. He then joined
Bayerische Vereinsbank AG, later Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG, where he held numerous Management positions, most recently that of member of the Group Executive Management Board. Thereafter, Mr Rey was appointed member of the Board of Directors, responsible for the European, Middle East and Africa region at Sydney-based global investment and consulting company Babcock & Brown. He was also a member of the board at Knight Infrastructure B.V. and the Chairman of Sword Infrastructure I B.V., the Netherlands, a Board member of Brisa AutoEstradas de Portugal S.A., the Chairman of Renerco Renewable Energy Concepts AG, a Board member of debis AirFinance B.V. and Deputy Chairman of the export credit agency AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft mbH.
Mr Rey works as an Industrial Advisor for the funds of EQT Partners, Sweden, and is a member of the Investment Committee at IST Investmentstiftung für Personal-Vorsorge, Switzerland. Mr Rey is Chairman of the Supervisory Board’s Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of BayWa r.e. LLC, USA, and a member of the Advisory Board of Groenleven B.V., the Netherlands. Finally, he is a member of the Supervisory Board, member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Credit Committee of the Supervisory Board of Kommunalkredit.