Changes are afoot at Conergy as chairman of the supervisory board, Dr. Philip Comberg, has been appointed as CEO for one year’s duration, effective immediately. Alexander Gorski’s tenure as COO has been extended to 2014, while Jan Vannerum leaves his role as head of accounting and controlling to take the company’s finances’ reins as CFO, replacing Dr. Sebastian Biedenkopf who resigned in October.
Dr. Philip Comberg, the company’s new CEO, is a former investment banker, independent investor and consultant and has previously served on Solarfun Power Holdings’ board.
In his role as COO, Alexander Gorski also takes on the responsibility for European operations, and his tenure in the role has been extended until the end of 2014.
Jan Vannerum, the company’s new CFO, brings several years’ experience in a variety of financial functions at Bayer AG. He has also been instrumental in the financial restructuring activities of Conergy.
A further addition to the board has been made in the form of Marc Lohoff, who retains responsibility for Asia Pacific, but adds North America and the Middle East to his remit. Lohoff will be based in Singapore and brings several years’ experience in the solar and semiconductor sectors to the role.
Conergy’s management reshuffles are an attempt to align the company more closely with non-European markets, expanding the company’s reach to such crucial markets as North America and the Middle East. A capital increase in July 2011 saw the company reduce its credit liabilities from €323 million to €122 million.