Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has named Shannon Sturgil as CEO of its North America region onshore wind business, replacing José Antonio Miranda.

Sturgil, who will be based out Orlando, Florida, has been with the Siemens group for over 20 years, most recently as Siemens Energy’s head of power systems sales, where he had a portfolio ranging over generation, transmission and distribution, service, and battery storage technologies.

“North America is a key market and presents enormous opportunity for Siemens Gamesa – the industry experienced a total of 1.8GW in US first quarter installations in 2020 alone along with vibrant growth in the repower segment,” said Sturgil.

“And with the westward shift in Canada, we are seeing success and new opportunities in the Saskatchewan and Alberta provinces.”

Siemens Gamesa, which has a fleet of nearly 25GW in North America, recently re-entered the top three OEMs in terms of installations, though GE Renewable Energy currently has a commanding lead in the US wind turbine market with a 70% share of first quarter installations in 2020, according to latest figures from the American Wind Energy Association.

In Canada, Siemens Gamesa recently landed a breakthrough order with Algonquin Power for the 175MW Blue Hill wind power project in the province of Saskatchewan, but today faced uncertainty around another big order in the Canadian prairies, after Suncor suspended construction work on the 200MW first phase of its Forty Mile project in southeastern Alberta for up to two years.