Change in the ČEPS Board of Directors

01.09.2020

On 25 August 2020, the Supervisory Board of the Czech transmission system operator (TSO) ČEPS elected Pavel Šolc as a new member of the company’s Board of Directors. He follows Zbyněk Boldiš, whose term of office ended on 29 August. Martin Durčák, Chair of the ČEPS Board of Directors thanks Zbyněk Boldiš for “his commitment and professional work by which he significantly contributed to ČEPS’ active involvement in European energy structures”.

Pavel Šolc already held several management positions at ČEPS from 1999 to 2012 before shifting to the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade as a deputy minister from 2012 to 2015. Mr Šolc then joined the board of the Czech distribution system operator (DSO) ČEZ Distribuce, where he also served as Head of Distribution Asset Management. For the TSCNET shareholder, he will now oversee energy trading and dispatch.

Pavel Šolc has been appointed member of Board of Directors of ČEPS (picture showing Prague, Czechia: Jaromír Kavan)

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Generation change in Amprion’s technical management

27.08.2020

The Supervisory Board of Amprion, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), appoints Dr Hendrik Neumann as CTO with effect from 1 January 2021 to succeed Dr Klaus Kleinekorte, who will retire in 2021. Dr Kleinekorte will be actively supporting the transition process. For this, and for the great contribution he has made to Amprion’s success, Heinz-Werner Ufer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the TSCNET shareholder, expresses his great gratitude.

With its personnel decision, Amprion is opting for an internal solution. Dr Neumann, who holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, has gained extensive experience in various technical areas at Amprion over a period of more than ten years and combines extensive know-how in the management of complex technical projects with a view to the entire energy system. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Brick, CEO of Amprion, is very pleased to welcome the company’s new CTO: “Hendrik Neumann contributes a broad range of knowledge and thus helps us to continue to live up to our responsibility in the future with innovative solutions.”

Dr Hendrik Neumann has been appointed CTO of Amprion (illustration using pictures of Dr Neumann and Dr Kleinekorte, on the right, by Amprion / Hartmut Nägele / Frank Peterschröder)

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Changes in Amprion’s top management

09.04.2020

The supervisory board of Amprion, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), has extended the contract with Dr. Hans-Jürgen Brick until the end of 2024 and appointed Brick as CEO of the company. The TSCNET shareholder has also expanded its executive board: In addition to Dr. Klaus Kleinekorte, who as CTO continues to be responsible for the technical department of the TSO, the management board now also comprises Peter Rüth as new CFO since 1 April.

With these changes, Amprion maintains continuity in top management and at the same time prepares itself for the tasks ahead. These include the growing number of grid extension projects, which requires the enlargement of the management board. Over the next ten years the TSO will invest more than €15.2bn in grid upgrades and expansion. New technologies, for example for reactive power compensation, are increasingly being used. To achieve the company’s objectives, the Amprion workforce doubled between 2009 and 2019 to more than 1,800 employees.

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Brick has been a member of the Amprion executive board since 2009 and previously, since 2003, belonged to the management board of RWE Transportnetz Strom, from which Amprion emerged. Prior to his appointment as CEO he held the positions of CFO and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Amprion. Brick will continue to perform CCO duties. Peter Rüth held various high-ranking positions at the German energy group RWE or its subsidiaries from 2003 to 2016, most recently as Head of Sales Performance International at RWE Deutschland AG. From 2016 to 2020, Rüth served as CFO Retail Germany at innogy SE.

From the left: Hans-Jürgen Brick, Klaus Kleinekorte, and Peter Rüth from Amprion (pictures: Amprion, innogy)

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New 50Hertz CEO takes up duties

03.12.2019

On 1 December, Stefan Kapferer took office as the new chairman of the executive board of TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs). Until the end of October 2019, Kapferer headed the German Energy and Water Association (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft – BDEW). Kapferer succeeds interim CEO Dr. Frank Golletz, CTO of 50Hertz, who took over the additional duties after former CEO Boris Schucht had left the company in March 2019.

At a purpose-arranged press conference on 3 December in the German capital Berlin, Stefan Kapferer acknowledged the appeal and diversity of his new task. “The next phase of the realisation of the energy transition is an even greater challenge in terms of entrepreneurship and the European side of things. TSOs play an essential role here,” explained Kapferer. The main issues to be dealt with by 50Hertz are the German coal phase-out, following the current nuclear phase-out, the national legislative climate specifications and the grid extension which is essential for all these measures. For a Baltic Sea riparian TSO, it is particularly important to set the right course for the development of offshore wind energy.

Chris Peeters, head of the 50Hertz supervisory board, highlighted Kapferer’s wealth of political and international experience as former German State Secretary and Deputy Secretary General of the OECD and concluded: “I am convinced that Kapferer’s skills combined with the technical know-how of our staff will result in a great future for 50Hertz. Together we work for our goal: a successful energy transition.”

Stefan Kapferer is in office as new CEO of 50Hertz (picture: 50Hertz / Jan Pauls)

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András Biczók new CEO of MAVIR

16.07.2019

András Biczók was appointed CEO of TSCNET shareholder MAVIR, the Hungarian transmission system operator (TSO), with effect from 15 July 2019 after the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority approved the decision of the company’s supervisory board. He succeeds Kamilla Csomai, who resigned as CEO by mutual agreement at the end of June. Biczók studied in Germany, began his career in the financial sector and has been active in various branches of the international energy industry since 2015. Most recently he was CEO and chairman of the board of directors of the Hungarian company for natural gas storage MMBF Földgáztároló Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság.

The main objective of the new CEO is to continue to guide MAVIR on its way to becoming the leading and most advanced player in the national energy sector. This means that the TSO addresses increasing electricity transport and consumption, decentralised electricity generation from renewable sources and the anticipated developments in energy storage with new approaches. Biczók comments: “While cooperating with the players of the dynamically changing energy market and regulatory authorities in a proactive manner, we have to do our utmost that one of the pillars of the country’s competitiveness, the electricity, shall be constantly and safely available in proper quality and quantity.”

András Biczók is appointed new CEO of MAVIR

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Kamilla Csomai resigns as CEO of MAVIR

01.07.2019

The top management of TSCNET shareholder MAVIR, the Hungarian transmission system operator (TSO), is undergoing a change, after Kamilla Csomai successfully headed the company in the last challenging years. By mutual agreement, Mrs Csomai resigned from her CEO position with effect from June 21, 2019. The company’s Supervisory Board shall decide on the succession of the CEO later on.

Since 2010, Kamilla Csomai has held leading positions in the company, including Deputy CFO and member of the Supervisory Board as well as the Board of Directors. She has been CEO of MAVIR since 2015 and in this position has attached great importance to the company’s international and regional commitment, including European and regional cooperation initiatives. The departing CEO is also a member of the Board of Directors of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and Chairman of the Hungarian National Committee of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE).

Kamilla Csomai is leaving MAVIR (picture of Budapest, the capital of Hungary: Kirk Fisher, Pixabay)

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Stefan Kapferer appointed new 50Hertz CEO

26.06.2019

At its meeting on 25 June, the Supervisory Board of TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), appointed Stefan Kapferer as the company’s new CEO. Kapferer is currently chairman of the executive board and member of the presidium of the German Energy and Water Association (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft – BDEW). He will take up his duties at 50Hertz on 1 January 2020 at the latest.

Stefan Kapferer has sound institutional and economic experience. Among other positions, he was State Secretary in Lower Saxony, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics and chairman of the supervisory board of the German Energy Agency. From 2014 to 2016, Mr Kapferer was Deputy Secretary General of the OECD in Paris before joining BDEW in 2016.

Chris Peeters, chairperson of the 50Hertz supervisory board, emphasises Kapferer’s “deep understanding of the political and social evolutionary trends in Germany – exactly the right mix for a 50Hertz CEO: after all, as system operators we provide services to society”. Mr Kapferer himself comments on his new area of responsibility: “I am very eager to face the exciting challenge of contributing to the practical implementation of the energy transition at 50Hertz.”

Stefan Kapferer (here right next to Elia Group CEO Chris Peeters) is appointed as the new CEO of 50Hertz (picture: 50Hertz / Jan Pauls)

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Dr Werner Götz confirmed as CEO of TransnetBW

03.05.2019

Since 2015, Dr. Werner Götz has been a member of the Executive Board of TSCNET shareholder TransnetBW and has chaired the Board since 2017. The Supervisory Board of the southwest German transmission system operator (TSO) has now reappointed Dr. Götz to this position and provided him with a new contract until 2025.

Dr. Hans-Josef Zimmer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TransnetBW and CTO of EnBW AG, recognises Dr Götz as the “experienced and determined manager” who is needed for the “major energy transition projects in the years ahead” and for fulfilling the core tasks of a TSO: reliable power supply at all times.

TransnetBW has reappointed Dr Werner Götz as CEO (picture: TransnetBW)

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Tim Meyerjürgens appointed as new COO of TenneT

05.03.2019

When it was made known that Wilfried Breuer, one of the two Chief Operations Officers (COO) of TSCNET shareholder TenneT, would leave the company with effect from 1 April 2019, the Supervisory Board of the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO) has commenced a thorough search for an adequate successor. Now Tim Meyerjürgens has been appointed COO of TenneT Holding BV alongside Ben Voorhorst.

Both the Supervisory Board and the Executive Board are pleased to have found in Tim Meyerjürgens a candidate within the company who, with 23 years of experience in the energy sector, possesses a broad technical and operational expertise. Throughout the current month, Tim Meyerjürgens and Wilfried Breuer will be working closely together to ensure a seamless handover.

Tim Meyerjürgens is appointed new COO of TenneT (illustartion based on pictures from Tennet)

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Golletz appointed interim CEO at 50Hertz

15.02.2019

TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), is continuing its search for a permanent successor to Boris Schucht, CEO of the TSO, who will resign at the end of February 2019. Meanwhile, the 50Hertz Board of Directors has found a suitable temporary in-house solution and appointed the 50Hertz CTO Dr. Frank Golletz as interim CEO. He will combine his new role with his other duties as CTO.

Dr. Golletz has been a member of the Executive Committee of 50Hertz since 2011. He was previously Head of Assets  / Grid Projects and authorised officer. After his PhD in electrical engineering, he began his professional career at the Dresden Institute for Energy Supply (now DNV-GL) and also held managerial positions for the former German utility company VEAG. Chris Peeters, Chairman of the 50Hertz Board of Directors, expressed his appreciation for having “such a qualified and experienced leader on board to steer 50Hertz through the coming months”. Dr. Golletz commented that he felt honoured by the vote of confidence and thanked Boris Schucht for the “wonderful cooperation during the past nine years”.

Dr. Frank Golletz is appointed as interim CEO of 50Hertz (picture: 50Hertz / Jan Pauls)

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