Vestas names new Asia-China boss

Danish wind group Vestas has hired senior GE executive Chris Beaufait as its new president for Asia Pacific & China.

Beaufait joins Vestas on 1 April from his current post as president and general manager of GE Aviation in China.

The appointment of Beaufait fills the gap left by former Asia Pacific & China supremo Jens Tommerup, who last year moved to become CEO of the new Vestas-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries offshore joint venture.

US citizen Beaufait, who also becomes a Vestas group senior vice-president, succeeds regional chief operating officer (COO) Danny Nielsen, who has been leading the operation in the interim and continues in his COO role.

Juan Araluce, chief sales officer for Vestas, said: Based on his experience, commitment and extensive accomplishments during his career at GE, he is well qualified to build on Vestas’ Asia Pacific & China achievements and we look forward to the many contributions he will make to the region and to our company.”