General Electric has quietly named former renewable energy chief Vic Abate acting CEO for onshore wind as the US giant again tries to make its green power unit profitable, this time by 2024 when it will be spun off along with other energy businesses as a publicly traded company.

Abate will remain in post as GE's chief technology officer, while in his additional acting role leading “collaboration, manufacturing, and servicing of GE’s onshore wind turbine offerings”, according to his updated biography on the group's website.