From Largest Wind Turbine Manufacturer Worldwide to Global Solar Company
Before Thomas Tschirf was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of hep, he was the head of Commercial Administration for an international manufacturer specializing in paper cutting machines. Now, he is taking on the role of CFO for the German company which specializes in solar parks and solar investments. In addition to many years of experience with international financial transactions, Tschirf has worked in the renewable energy industry as well.
Thomas Tschirf – international financial expert: For Vestas, the largest manufacturer for wind turbines worldwide, Tschirf oversaw projects in Germany, Denmark and Shanghai. His area of expertise included projects for Sales Business, Reporting and Compliance, Quality Control and Supply Chain Management. Following his transer to Polar, the global market leader for paper cutting machines, he managed the commercial sector for the Chinese location, and he took on the position of CFO of the company.
Thomas Tschirf holds a diploma in Business Administration with focus on financing, as well as strategic and operative controlling and a Master ‘s degree in international management.
hep - Expansion as a challenge: Mr. Tschirf joins hep as Chief Financiel Officer on September 14. He will replace CEO and company founder Chrsitian Hamann who formerly oversaw the sectors Finance and Procurement. Tschirf stated: "Working at hep gives me the opportunity to work in a dynamic and modern environment while contributing to the company’s rapid growth and development in the future-oriented industry of renewable energies”.
The 36-year old Austrian emphasizes the importance of being close to the operating business. hep’s new challenge is to incorporate their new American subsidiaries. “We are looking forward to our future cooperation”, states CEO Christian Hamann. “We have made it our goal for the Finance and Procurement sectors to keep up with the strong growth of our company”.
Acquisition and majority stake in the United States: In April 2020, hep announced the acquisition of the US-American project development company Peak Clean Energy which is based in Colorado. This company has a lot of experience in so called “utility scale” projects which exceed the size of ten megawatts. At the time of acquisition, the company provided a project pipeline of more than 4 gigawatt.
In July, hep acquired the majority stake of solar company ReNew Petra. The right of participation allows hep to actively participate in ReNew Petra’s project development, construction and operation of solar parks in the United States. The company is located in North Carolina and has building licences for 14 states. Since 2016, ReNew Petra has developed and built solar parks with a combined capacity of over 100 megawatts with its 40 employees.