Wind energy Vestas India appoints executive Chairman

Vestas India, today announced the appointment of Mr. Rajiv Wahi as its executive Chairman, with immediate effect. Rajiv’s main role will be to drive the business towards the ambitious goals that have been set for Vestas in the vibrant Indian wind power market. He will also play an important part in engaging and strengthening existing relationships with wind turbines customers, business partners, the Indian government and industry stake-holders. Rajiv will report to Mr Sean Sutton, President, Vestas Asia Pacific.

Mr. Wahi brings to the board a rich international experience of over 35 years in key leadership positions and the expertise of building businesses in diverse geographies including UK, Africa and APAC. Prior to joining Vestas India, Mr. Rajiv Wahi spearheaded Cadbury Schweppes’ APAC operations as their President.

Rajiv graduated in Economics from the University of Newcastle (UK) in 1975 and joined Cadbury Schweppes as a management trainee. After a number of roles in Finance, he moved into Marketing and subsequently, General Management. He is currently a Board Member of MediaCorp, Singapore’s leading media organisation.

Taking up this role, Rajiv Wahi, Chairman, Vestas India said, “With so much emphasis on the development of wind energy in India, we at Vestas believe that this is the best time to harness all our energy and talent into the expansion of our business in India. I look forward to this exciting role and assure that we deliver our maximum and contribute to the sector significantly.”

Vestas India also announced the appointment of Mr. Amit Kansal as Vice President Sales, Vestas India. Amit earlier headed the Marketing & Customer Insight for Asia Pacific and was instrumental in the transformation of Vestas’ Asia Pacific operations from a product-oriented to a customer centric organization via various customer related initiatives.

Amit will be responsible for leading the Vestas India sales organisation in developing relationships with our key customers, pursuing supply and service after market sales, securing customer loyalty and ensuring Vestas meet its order intake targets in India. An electrical engineer and MBA by education, Amit will be based in Mumbai and will report into Mr Rajiv Wahi.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Sean Sutton, President, Vestas Asia Pacific said, “We are pleased to welcome Rajiv Wahi and Amit to the Vestas’ India Senior Management team. Their distinct expertise and leadership qualities are a great value-add to the company and surely a major driver in taking our business in India to the next level.”

Vestas India Wind Technology India Private Limited is a 100% subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems A/S Denmark, the global leader in wind power. In India, Vestas has been present for over a decade and has an installed wind farm capacity of over 2400 MW. Vestas competencies cover the entire value chain from site studies to construction and commissioning, developing the infrastructure (road, power evacuation, substations, etc.), liaisoning with government agencies and wind turbine monitoring with Lifetime comprehensive Operation and Maintenance Services. Vestas has installed turbines in Wind rich states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Kerala and Rajasthan.

Vestas is relentlessly committed to wind turbines. A pioneer of 30 years in wind energy, with the world’s largest R&D centre, real-time monitoring of thousands of wind turbines and over 20,000 people worldwide focusing solely on wind, Vestas strives to bring wind power on par with oil and gas. Vestas is the leading producer of high technological wind power solutions and has installed over 43,000 wind turbines in 66 countries on 6 continents. Vestas’ core business comprises the development, manufacture, sale and maintenance of wind technology that uses the energy of the wind to generate electricity. The company has a talent pool of more than 20,000 people worldwide which works towards one pure goal: generating the greatest and most sustainable return on wind for its customers.

Vestas AsiaPacific is the Asia Pacific business unit of Vestas, the world leader in wind technology. Its Asia Pacific head office is located in Singapore and has sales and service offices in Australia, S.Korea, India, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines and Taiwan.