DNV GL has appointed Ditlev Engel as the new CEO of its Energy business area, effective April 4. Engel will succeed acting CEO Elisabeth Harstad.
Engel will join DNV GL as CEO of the group's Energy business area, which provides testing, certification and technical advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables, power grids, storage, as well as energy use. He will be based at the DNV GL–Energy headquarters in Arnhem, The Netherlands, and will be a member of the Executive Committee for the DNV GL Group.
Engel has international leadership experience from executive positions based in The Netherlands, the UK, Hong Kong, Denmark, and Norway. From 2005 to 2013, he served as group president and CEO of the wind power manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S. Before that, from 1985 to 2005, he held several executive positions at coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S, including group executive vice president of marketing and research and development (R&D), and group president and CEO from 2000 to 2005.
Engel joins DNV GL from a number of senior non-executive board and advisory roles, which he will terminate in order to fully concentrate on his new position with DNV GL. He holds a degree in business administration from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and has conducted further executive studies at INSEAD, Fontainebleu, France.