MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has appointed former Renewables UK chairman to the position of country manager for the United Kingdom.
The move reflects the increasing importance of the UK’s offshore wind market and signifies a deepening commitment from MHI Vestas to strengthen its presence, the offshore wind turbine manufacturer says.
“MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has built a strong presence in the UK over the past four years, having created over 500 jobs in manufacturing, construction and services. We plan to expand further and are delighted to see Julian joining our team,” the company’s chief executive Philippe Kavafyan said.
“The appointment of Julian Brown as our UK country manager is another milestone in our company’s history in the UK. Julian brings almost 20 years of dedicated wind experience and an extensive business and industrial network which will significantly accelerate our deployment in the UK.”
Brown entered the wind industry in 2000 and established the Isle of Wight blades manufacturing facility for NEG Micon (now Vestas).
He was co-founder of wind industry consultancy BVG Associates and became head of AREVA Wind in the UK in 2011.
Most recently he co-founded 8.2Aarufield, a technical consultancy and part of the 8.2Group. He was a board member and Chairman of trade association RenewableUK for six years. Julian is a non-executive director of Tekmar plc and 3Sun Group.