Changes in Next Kraftwerke’s top management
After 13 years, founder Jochen Schwill steps back as CEO of Next Kraftwerke. Co-founder and CEO Hendrik Sämisch strengthens the management team with two long-standing members from the Management Board. As of 2023, Katrin Jedamzik, Head of Finance, and Mark Lindenberg, Head of Green Energy, will join Hendrik Sämisch to form the Virtual Power Plant's executive management team.
"I am incredibly grateful for the fantastic time I had with my colleagues at Next Kraftwerke. Together we have turned a start-up into one of the largest Virtual Power Plants in Europe and have become one of the leading electricity traders for renewable energies. Accompanying and actively shaping this development has brought me incredible joy. But now, after more than ten years of full commitment to Next Kraftwerke, it is time for me to make a change," says Jochen Schwill, explaining his move. "Even though Jochen will be sorely missed, we can understand his decision very well and we fully support him," says Hendrik Sämisch.
Katrin Jedamzik and Mark Lindenberg have known the Virtual Power Plant since the beginning and have been working on the company's strategy for a long time as members of the Management Board. Katrin Jedamzik joined the then start-up in 2010 as its first permanent employee. She initially worked in sales, then joined the energy management department to build the teams around energy data management, customer service, and billing. In 2019, she took on the role of Head of Finance and became an authorized signatory in 2021. Mark Lindenberg joined the company in 2011 and helped to build up and manage sales in Germany and later international sales. He contracted the first biogas plant for Next Kraftwerke, laying the foundation for thousands of plants to follow. Since 2019, he has been responsible for the Green Energy business unit and since 2021, he has also been an authorized signatory of the company. "Both have the experience, expertise and creative drive to help lead the company into the future," says Hendrik Sämisch.
Katrin Jedamzik emphasizes what is important to the management team: "The company has grown impressively in recent years – both in terms of the number of employees and the number of customers. In order to drive our Next spirit, it is now important for us to accompany and deepen this growth." Mark Lindenberg is also looking forward to accompanying the company into the next phase: "The transformation of our energy system is in full swing, and this is constantly creating new challenges. Next is perfectly positioned to meet these challenges and continue to push the evolution towards a sustainable energy system."
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