02 May 2017
COO in KK Group, Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen takes over CEO position from Tommy Gundelund Jespersen.
Leading systems supplier of electrical solutions for the wind industry, KK Group, promotes COO Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen as new CEO as the successor after Tommy Gundelund Jespersen who continues as member of the Board of Directors in KK Group.
KK Group has experienced considerable growth since it was established in 1981. The company got new owners in the autumn of 2016 in connection with which Tommy Gundelund Jespersen and CFO Johnny Haahr exited the group of owners.
Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen (40), MSc. Engineering and MBA, has been the COO of KK Group since 2013 and will take the position as CEO of KK Group as of 1 May 2017.
Tommy Gundelund Jespersen and Johnny Haahr have since 2004 contributed to bringing KK Group from being a relatively small company in the middle of Jutland, Denmark to being a significant international company with a turnover of DKK 1.5 billion. Tommy Gundelund Jespersen leaves the company as of 1 May 2017 while Johnny Haahr leaves the company as of 1 July 2017. The search for a new CFO has been initiated.
In connection with the change of CEO, Tommy Gundelund Jespersen and Johnny Haahr express:
”We are very pleased to be able to pass on the baton to a highly qualified internal candidate. Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen has been a strong contributing factor to bringing the company to where it is today. At the same time, we are pleased to stop at a time where KK has become a significant systems supplier to the wind industry and has furthermore created a good foundation for continuous and strong growth.”
Likewise, the new CEO, Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen is pleased, yet humble towards the new job he has accepted.
“There is a strong and highly qualified organization and culture in KK Group which is important to nurture and keep. The existing strategy and plans will therefore remain unchanged,” he says.
The new CEO explains that all suppliers to the wind industry experiences continuous pressure to reduce costs however he still believe there is a large market potential for KK Group.
”Pressure on prices forces us to think alternatively. Going forward, KK Group will put even more focus on developing the next generation of technology and system solutions for wind turbines. This will happen together with increased focus on globalization and efficiency improvements by use of new digital technologies such as Industry 4.0 and robots in the factories,” says Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen.
About KK Group
Building on more than 35 years of experience, KK Group is among the leading suppliers of electrical system solutions for the wind industry. More than 65% of the world’s total offshore wind capacity is equipped with KK Group’s electrical solutions. The company’s offshore and onshore solutions range from development of state-of-the-art systems and lean manufacturing to installation, operations and maintenance.
The company employs more than 800 highly skilled and dedicated people and operates from several international locations. Besides the headquarter located in Denmark, KK Group has state-of-the art production facilities in Poland and India, sales office and distribution center in the US, and sales offices in Germany, Korea and China.
Carina Britorn Vestergaard
Marketing & Communication Manager
KK Wind Solutions A/S
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KK Group appoints new CEO