Chris Beaufait has been appointed new Group Senior Vice President of Vestas and President of Vestas Asia Pacific & China. Chris, who comes from a position as President and General Manager of GE Aviation in China, enters into his new position on 1 April.
Chris is an American national with extensive experience across multiple businesses and functions internationally. He has held various leadership positions in the US and China and most recently served as President and General Manager of GE Aviation in China, the world’s leading producer of large and small jet engines as well as avionics, electric power, and mechanical systems for commercial and military aircraft.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Beaufait as the new President of Vestas Asia Pacific & China. Based on his experience, commitment and extensive accomplishments during his career at GE, he is well qualified to build on Vestas’ Asia Pacific & China achievements and we look forward to the many contributions he will make to the region and to our company,” comments Juan Araluce, Chief Sales Officer, Vestas Wind System A/S.
Chris succeeds Danny Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vestas Asia Pacific & China, who has led daily operations since former President, Jens Tommerup was appointed CEO of the Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Joint Venture in September last year. Danny Nielsen will continue in his role as COO of Vestas Asia Pacific & China.
“I am very excited to join the company and meet all the talented Vestas employees. With a strong brand foundation, high quality products and very competent employees, Vestas is well-positioned to capture all the opportunities that Asia and China present and I very much look forward to joining the team and making the most of these opportunities together”, says Chris Beaufait.