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Ørsted appoints new Group CFO and COO

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 27/02/2024 Ørsted

Ørsted’s Board of Directors has appointed Trond Westlie as Ørsted’s next Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Board and the Group Executive Team effective as of 1 April 2024. On the same date, Patrick Harnett will join Ørsted’s Group Executive Team as Chief Operational Officer (COO).

Trond Westlie has served as Group CFO at A.P. Moller-Maersk, at VEON, at Telenor, and at Aker Kvaerner, and he holds a master’s degree in auditing. Trond Westlie is currently Chair of the board at Arendals Fossekompani, a Norwegian industrial investment company focused on forward-looking technologies within the green energy transition, and board member at Wilhelmsen group, a Norwegian multinational maritime company.


Patrick Harnett is currently Head of European Execution Programmes at Ørsted and in charge of project development and construction of Hornsea 3, which will become the world’s single largest offshore wind farm. He joined Ørsted in 2016 as Senior Project Director and became Senior Programme Director for Hornsea 2 in 2020. Before joining Ørsted, he held positions within projects and operations at the energy companies Centrica and EDF Energy. Patrick Harnett holds an Executive MBA and a Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering.

Rasmus Errboe, who has acted as interim CFO since 14 November 2023, will return to his position as CEO of Region Europe by the end of March 2024. As previously announced, Andy Brown, who has acted as interim COO since 14 November 2023, will step down by the end of March 2024. The Board of Directors has recommended that Andy Brown be elected as Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors at Ørsted’s annual general meeting on 5 March 2024. The information provided in this announcement does not change Ørsted’s previous financial guidance for the financial year of 2024.


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