Molly Morris was today (Monday) named next president of Equinor Wind US as the Norwegian energy giant prepares to steer its New York offshore wind projects into service.

Morris – who has held senior roles for the group in the US and Europe – currently works as special advisor to current Equinor Wind US chief Siri Espedal Kindem, who she will succeed on 1 January 2023.

Kindem herself will “take on a new exciting opportunity within Equinor”, the oil & gas group said without elaborating further.

Morris said Equinor, which she has worked for since 2008, “is leading a new industry in the United States that is creating thousands of jobs while generating homegrown, renewable energy for millions of Americans”.

Morris, who has previously led Equinor commodity trading in the US and worked as senior vice president, crude, liquids and products in Norway, will oversee some of America’s most ambitious offshore wind projects, notably the 3.3GW Empire Wind and Beacon Wind developments underway in conjunction with BP.

Equinor, a global pioneer in floating wind, is also eyeing opportunities in the deep waters off the US west coast in California.

Pål Eitrheim, EVP, renewables at Equinor, said: “Under Siri’s leadership, Equinor has achieved several significant milestones, including the selection of Empire 2 and Beacon 1 to provide New York with offshore wind power in one of the largest ever renewable energy procurements in the US.

“Molly has a deep understanding of US energy markets which makes her well positioned to take on this role at this juncture in Equinor’s growth in the US renewables sector.”