AW Energy said its WaveRoller team will see a new CEO –the former CTO Christopher Ridgewell.
Current CEO John Liljelund is moving on to join the AWE Board of Directors. Meanwhile, Jussi Åkerberg, former AWE Development Manager, takes on the role of CTO.
AW-Energy said its board of directors is confident that Ridgewell has all the attributes needed to build the company into a strong industrial player. Ridgewell, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, has over 25 years of wide ranging experience in the marine industry, including a background in international sales and projects.
“Chris’s past professional roles, his knowledge of both our product the WaveRoller and the entire industry are the attributes of a successful CEO in our company,” Liljelund said.
Ridgewell becomes CEO of AW-Energy on February 1 2018. He is committed to the successful execution of existing projects and continued growth of the business.
“John has set a sturdy foundation for me to pick up on and I’m excited and honoured to lead such an accomplished team. The future looks very positive, predictable ocean wave energy will have an important role in the energy system and we’re looking forward to delivering solutions to our global customers,” Ridgewell said.
The position of CTO is filled by Jussi Åkerberg, who has had a key role in the technology development over the last 6 years as AWE’s former Power Take-Off unit Development Manager. He is also starting in his new role on February 1.