New Leadership for GE Energy’s Wind Power Division

Top-level changes have gone through at GE Energy’s wind power segment, the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the U.S. and among the largest in the world. Previously led by Steven Zwolinski, a 23-year veteran who will be leaving the company to pursue other business opportunities, GE Energy’s wind segment will now be headed up by Robert Gleitz who brings considerable experience and connections with the European market.

“Robert brings 20 years of extensive global experience and outstanding execution skills to his new role,” said Mark Little, Vice President-Power Generation for GE Energy. “In his previous position, he was instrumental in driving outstanding financial performance, teamwork and excellence in leading GE initiatives, and success in delivering new products.” A graduate of Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon (INSA) in France, Gleitz holds a diploma in science and energy engineering. He began his career at GE in 1999, following the company’s acquisition of Alstom. During his tenure, he has provided leadership within a variety of energy technologies. He has served as Director of GE Energy’s European projects group, as well as Commercial Director supporting sales and commercial operations for GE. More recently, Gleitz served as Managing Director of GE Energy Products Europe, based in Belfort, France. Under Zwolinski’s watch, GE Energy’s wind unit increased its revenue from $500 million in 2002 to more than $1 billion in 2004. “With the support of the U.S. production tax credit (PTC) in 2005, we’re looking at another record-breaking year for our wind unit, which is expected to double its sale of wind turbines in 2005,” said Little. “Led by Robert, our wind segment will continue to focus on high quality, reliable and cost-effective technology.” Little added that GE Energy has integrated their energy products, wind and hydro groups to better support our growth initiatives, including increased customer value through business synergies and best practice sharing. “I welcome this opportunity to lead one of GE Energy’s most dynamic businesses,” said Gleitz. “Wind energy will be an increasingly important part of the global energy mix of the future, and GE intends to play a major role in that on-going effort.”
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