Leonhard Birnbaum, chief executive and chair of Eon, has been elected to lead European power producers’ interest group, Eurelectric, the organization writes in a press statement.
Birnbaum takes over at a time as the continent’s electricity industry finds itself a long list difficulties, including climate change mitigation, supply chain troubles, soaring prices as well as state interventionism.
“The electricity sector is facing unparalleled challenges. We are operating in an extreme environment with high prices, supply disruptions and frequent political interventions in the market. A key priority will be to strike a balance between customer protection and investor certainty,” the acting president comments in the media release.
Birnbaum adds that he’s pleased to take the reins at such a critical time:
“The decisions we will make in the coming months will be decisive for Europe’s future. They will determine our ability to invest our way out of this crisis to achieve cost-efficient, climate-friendly and secure energy supply and infrastructure to our citizens and industry. I am honorred to take the reins of Eurelectric at this important time.”
The new chief has since 2021 served as the lobby’s vice president under predecessor Jean-Bernard Lévy.
Eurelectric’s board of directors plan to meet in March to elect ”a new presidency team, composed of a president and two vice-presidents”, effective from June next year.