09 November 2021
Mauricio Quintana has been appointed new CEO of KK Group, the parent company of KK Wind Solutions, as Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen has decided to resign.
After almost nine years in KK Group, Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen wishes to pursue new ventures and will hand over to Mauricio Quintana, most recently Group Senior Vice President and Global Head of Service, Power Grids Division at ABB. The change will take place in Q1 2022, and Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen will after a transition period, continue to work as an independent investor and advisor to, amongst others, A.P. Moller Holding.
Mauricio Quintana brings nearly 30 years of strong industry experience from blue-chip businesses such as ABB and United Technologies (UTX), and renewable companies like EcoMerit Technologies and Clipper Windpower. Mauricio Quintana (54) is from Costa Rica and has global experience from positions in USA, including California, Connecticut and Texas, as well as positions in Switzerland and Costa Rica. In his 8 years with ABB, he amongst other responsibilities, led the rebuilding of Power Grid service, a global multi-billion USD business, resulting in increased growth, profitability, and significant shareholder value to ABB.
Chairman of the Board of KK Group and Chief Investment Officer for A.P. Moller Holding, Jan Thorsgaard Nielsen, says:
“Mauricio is an extremely capable industrial business leader with a strong customer focus and a knack for building high performing and committed teams. He has a global mindset, strong values and the right profile and personality to lead KK Group into a new era with continued geographical expansion and growth, particularly in Asia, and expanding KK Group’s position in the renewable value chain. Chlinton has done a tremendous job in growing the team and the company, and I am very pleased that A.P. Moller Holding can continue the collaboration with Chlinton in his capacity as advisor”.
Mauricio Quintana says: “KK Group and A.P. Moller Holding have a very ambitious growth strategy within wind and renewables; a strategy that is tuned to lead the electrification of society together with our customers. I am very excited to join the company and use my experience in global expansion, advanced engineering & technology, and in building global top performing teams to deliver on the company’s growth ambitions. I look forward to engaging with KK Group’s great people and their strong customer base, which represent the top industry leaders in wind and renewables”.
Chlinton Arendahl Nielsen says: “It has been an incredible journey over the past nine years, where we have quadrupled the revenue, built competencies and implemented many transformations to ensure KK Group could grow globally with our customers and our partners. Together, we have created a true systems supplier for wind and renewables. My sincere thanks goes to our fantastic people in KK Group and the outstanding cooperation with customers, partners and suppliers. I am convinced Mauricio will lead KK Group to the next level globally, and build on our strong heritage of sustainable system solutions. My next journey will be energy investments, advisory and board focused, where I will continue the great cooperation with A.P. Moller Holding. I owe a lot of gratitude to all KK Group team members for what they have done for the company during my CEO tenure”.
Kenneth Damm Hansen
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KK Group appoints new CEO