Significant talent moves

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Let’s start our summary of the power sector’s people moves in Scottsdale, Arizona, where solar-powered Arevon Development Company has recently joined the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. It also reports hiring Andrew Heinle as EVP-Origination. Andrew was Origination Manager at Tenaska Power Services for the past seven years, building their WECC energy trading and management business. Pre-Tenaska slots had been with Black Hills Power and Midwest ISO.

Australia’s Epoch Capital has located Christophe Renaud in London as its new Head of Power Trading. Christophe has been based mainly in Sydney until now, most recently serving as Manager-Japan Power at Tradition. Among his past roles were MD-Power Trading Asia Pacific for Deutsche Bank and Head of Power & Gas Trading Asia-Pacific for GDF Suez Trading.

Uniper’s latest recruit as a Trader is Ante Ivankovic. Among companies where Ante has traded energy and power are Statkraft, TrailStone, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.



*Based on moves tracked by Commodity Appointments in last 12 months.


*Based on moves tracked by Commodity Appointments in last 12 months.

Federico De Palma is MD/Head of Gas & Power at Lukoil International Trading and Supply Co (Litasco) in Geneva after three years as MD/Head of Trading for Eviva. Once a Citi head of structured-products EMEA marketing in London, Federico also has spent three years in Paris as a Director of Lyxor Asset Management.

In Houston we hear that Alan Zhang is Dynasty Power’s choice for Power Trader. He has been a power market analyst both for Pacific Summit Energy and for Direct Energy. Dynasty has its HQ in Calgary, but covers several power markets in Canada and the United States.

Meanwhile in Stockholm, Markus Bäck is made Head of Nordic-area Wind and Customer Optimisation by Vattenfall. It promotes him at the company from being a team leader in physical trading and forecasting. We note that Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall is the newly elected President of the European industry association for the electricity sector, Eurelectric, which represents over 3,500 companies in more than 30 European countries in power generation, distribution and supply. Patrick O’Doherty, CEO of ESB in Ireland, and E.ON board member Leonhard Birnbaum in Germany were elected vice-presidents at Eurelectric’s annual meeting in Florence.

This month we can look eastwards in Europe, with moves to report from Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Serbia. Slovenia’s Gen-I has brought in Matej Lendero from power trading with the Petrol Group, to become Power Trader. Alpiq’s Czech arm Alpiq Energy in Nové Město promotes Pavle Grbović from energy market analyst to Portfolio Manager. Axpo Serbia is the new employer of Vladimir Djordjevic, as Senior Originator; Vladimir was previously Head of Trading for Group Trans Energy.

When Shell in London selected Marie Tricaud for Power Originator she was lecturing on European power markets to PhD students at Grenoble Ecole de Management. But Marie before that had traded power and gas for EDF in London and handled key accounts for Gazprom M&T in Paris.

Paris is where Jerome Malka now resides, following his appointment by Engie Global Markets to be Head of Green Power. Between 2012-2018 he lived in Houston as a Solvay EVP for North American energy services. Before that, Jerome had been in commodity trading with Société Générale for more than 20 years.


Shell has a new Head of Continental Power Trading

From nuclear engineer on an aircraft carrier with the US Navy to an appointment at EDF Trading in 2019 as Senior Risk Analyst --- that’s Mark Gutierrez. Mark’s post-Navy career started with Gexa Energy in Houston and stayed in Texas for risk analysis with Mercuria Energy America, until his most recent risk-analysing position with Tricon International.

Francisco Javier Jáuregui Alonso has been with Engie since 2015, initially in Mexico handling business development in renewable energy and more recently as Senior Manager-Business Development for Engie Chile. His latest promotion, still in Chile, is to Head of Renewables. Until 2015 Francisco had managed the energy division of Mexican group Aldesa.


In Oslo, Thomas Dobbe joins Fred. Olsen Renewables as Head of Trading and Analysis. Thomas was a head of position trading for Norsk Hydro power-production company Tyssefaldene who went to EDF Trading as a Senior Trader until recruited by Axpo Nordic for a similar role.

Danske Commodities confirms the appointment of Thomas Richardot as Senior Energy Trader. For Thomas, it means leaving EDF Trading after 14 years, first as an analyst and later as a power trader.

News from Shell Trading & Shipping in London that Frédéric Séguy is their new Head of Continental Power Trading. His background: Head of Power Trading for Gunvor, based in Geneva after trading European power and gas for EDF.

James Taylor’s appointment as Director-Energy Trading is announced by British energy management corporation SMS, bringing him from head of origination and portfolio management at Innogy. He is also a former energy trading manager for GE and a commercial manager for RWE.

Finally, this time we head to Denmark and solar/wind farm constructor European Energy. Gregor McDonald joins the company to be Senior Portfolio Manager. He was previously in Denmark to manage trading for Ørsted's gas assets and storages located in North-West Europe. Gregor is also a former London-based Head of Gas Trading for Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank and Manager of NW Europe Natural Gas Trading for the Dutch arm of Vattenfall.


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