Atlantic Shores – the Shell-EDF US offshore wind joint venture – has named Joris Veldhoven as its first CEO.

Formerly Atlantic Shores’ commercial and financial director, Veldhoven will lead the alliance between the European oil and power giants as it progresses a 5GW-plus portfolio focused on supplying New York and New Jersey.

Atlantic Shores is advancing a first 1.5GW project off New Jersey and earlier this year was one of the developers successful in the landmark New York Bight auction round.

Veldhoven, who leads a team of more than 100, has previously held posts as global wind supply chain manager for Shell New Energies Wind and various commercial roles with Shell in the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Arab Emirates.

The new Atlantic Shores chief said: “As a company, we are uniquely positioned to both mitigate climate change and generate positive impact on those who live in the local communities in which our projects will be built. I am grateful to work with a talented, diverse, and highly skilled team focused on building the future of clean, renewable offshore wind energy.”

Amanda Dasch, Shell vice president offshore power Americas, said: “As New Jersey and New York work towards reaching their offshore wind procurement targets, Joris will provide strategic direction to be the partner of choice in providing more, affordable renewable power generation for their communities.”