Former Danish PM Thorning-Schmidt nominated for Vestas board
Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been nominated for the board of directors at wind turbine manufacturer Vestas for election at an upcoming general meeting on April 3, 2019.
Thorning-Schmidt has the core competencies for the work of the board and will provide extensive insights into the political conditions around government-regulated industries such as the energy industry, as well as a global network and experience from managing complex organisations, Vestas said.
During her time as leader of the Social Democrats, Thorning-Schmidt served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015, and later as chief executive of the NGO Save the Children.
During her time as Prime Minister, she pushed forward Denmark’s energy transition, in 2013 inaugurated the 400MW Anholt offshore wind farm, which then was the country’s largest.
After her government was defeated by a centre-right alliance under current Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, support for new renewables projects came under much greater scrutiny, but Rasmussen eventually continued the energy transition, introducing more market competitive elements.