Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal appointed new EVP European Wind and Solar
(Oslo, 19 December 2019) Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal will join the Corporate Management team of Statkraft as of 1 April as Executive Vice President (EVP) European Wind and Solar. She succeeds Steinar Bysveen who has decided to resign as Executive Vice President.
Ringstad Vartdal comes from the position as CEO in Golden Ocean. Previously, she has also worked as CFO of Golden Ocean, held various management positions in Torvald Klaveness and worked for Hydro Energi. She has a MSc in Engineering Mathematics from NTNU and a MSc in Financial Mathematics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
“I would like to thank Steinar Bysveen for his substantial contributions to Statkraft’s positive development over the past decade, as Executive Vice President with various responsibilities. At the same time, I am very pleased to welcome Birgitte on the team, who will lead a very important part of our growth strategy going forward,” says Statkraft CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen.
By 2025, Statkraft has an ambition to become one of the world’s leading renewable companies. Statkraft’s planned growth in European wind and solar is an important part of this ambition and will be the responsibility of Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal. In addition, she assumes responsibility for Statkraft’s Project Delivery Unit as well as investments in new business opportunities such as biofuels, hydrogen, electric car charging and data centres.
“Statkraft has an ambitious strategy and unique position for further growth within renewable energy. I am very much looking forward to embarking on this task and contribute to this growth together with the rest of the organisation,” says Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, incoming EVP European Wind and Solar in Statkraft.
About Statkraft UK
Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and supplies district heating. Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations. Statkraft has 4000 employees in 17 countries.
In the UK Statkraft develops, owns and operates renewable production facilities and is also involved in the trading and origination of power from its own projects and those of third parties.
Since 2006, Statkraft has invested £1.4 billion in the UK's renewable energy infrastructure and facilitated over 6 GW of new-build renewable energy generation through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). With a portfolio now exceeding 10 TWh per year from almost 300 customers, Statkraft is the leading provider of short and long term PPAs in the UK.