By Portland Business Journal

Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc. on Thursday announced a trio of executive changes, including a new chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

The Portland-based North American headquarters of Danish wind turbine-maker Vestas A/S promoted Christian Venderby (top right) to COO from CFO.

In his new role, Venderby will lead the construction, service, technology and supply-chain management for Vestas in the U.S. and Canada. He joined the company in 2006 as CFO after more than 15 years with FLSmidth, a supplier of equipment and services to the cement and minerals industries.

Replacing him as CFO is Steen Møller (bottom right), who joins Vestas from the sweeteners divison of Danisco, a food ingredient company in Denmark where he spent 15 years.

The company also named Henrik Kanstrup Jørgensen vice president of technology. Jørgensen, a Vestas employee since 1991, most recently served as the company⿿s vice president of global research at the company⿿s headquarters in Randers, Denmark.

The executive hires come on the heels of a record turbine order. The company announced on July 21 a 570-megawatt order for 190 wind turbines for a California development thatâ¿¿s slated to be one of the largest wind power plants in the U.S. It was the largest order ever received by a single Vestas facility.

Vestas has been staffing up at its three Colorado turbine manufacturing facilities. The company has hired more than 1,000 people, with hundreds more expected to be hired in the next 12 to 18 months.

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