Born in Basel (Switzerland) in 1970, he graduated in mechanical engineering qualifying in energy technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich in 1995. He started his career at ABB Power Generation, where he worked from 1996 until 2000 dealing at first with the commissioning of gas turbines and combined cycle power plants and then becoming sales project manager for the same assets. Having achieved an MBA at Insead (Fontainebleau) between 2000 and 2001, he joined the Zurich branch of McKinsey & Company in 2001, where he worked for European clients in the utility, telecom and aerospace sectors. In 2003 he was hired by the Swiss multinational Bühler, where he first acted as executive assistant to the CEO before becoming sales director of the business unit “grinding and dispersion”. In 2006 he returned to the energy industry joining the Swiss utility BKW as head of the business unit “power generation Switzerland and Germany” before becoming member of the executive board of the same company in 2008 heading the division “energy international and trading”, where he was, among other things, responsible for commodity trading and commodity risk management. In 2013 he became CEO of the Danish multinational Ørsted Wind Power, where he successfully led the significant development of the offshore wind business, acting as well as member of the executive board of the parent company Ørsted. In 2018 he left Ørsted and set up Leupold Advisory to provide independent advisory services in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Member of the Board of Directors of Enel since May 2020.
Last update: June 10, 2020