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. He returned to the energy industry in 2006, joining the Swiss utility BKW as head of the business unit Power Generation Switzerland and Germany; he became a member of the company’s Executive Board 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 also as member of the Executive Board of the parent company Ørsted. He left Ørsted in 2018 and set up Leupold Advisory to provide independent consulting services in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He is currently an independent member of the Board of Directors and some of the related advisory committees of Schlumberger Limited (since April 2021). He has been a member of Enel’s Board of Directors since May 2020.
Last update: April 26, 2021