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People On the Move - July 9, 2021 Update

July 8, 2021
Check out the new executive appointments and promotions at Milbank, NSI and GE Renewables.

Milbank Manufacturing (Kansas City, MO): Adrienne Sander is now VP of sales (see photo above). She joined Milbank in 2019, serving as North Central regional sales manager before becoming director of sales and then to her most recent role of general manager of sales – Enclosed Controls and Core Products.

Sander has over 15 years of sales leadership experience in the electrical industry serving industrial, commercial and residential markets. Prior to Milbank, her previous experience includes progressive roles as Northeast regional industrial sales manager, national OEM sales manager and U.S. sales manager - East at Intermatic, as well as engineering and sales roles at General Electric.

NSI Industries (Huntersville, NC): Brian Knoup is now VP of national accounts and Keith Babcock is NSI’s new national accounts manager. Babcock will report to Knoup. Knoup will lead a team of national account managers focused on positioning all NSI business units’ products at the largest national distributors.

For the past nine years Knoup worked at ABB and was based in Nashville, TN, where he was a regional manager for its South Central Region managing a sales team focused on selling multiple ABB business unit’s products and solutions, including Thomas & Betts products. Babcock spent his past eight years also working for ABB as a district and regional manager in the Northeast.

GE Renewable Energy (Paris, France): Jan Kjaersgaard was appointed CEO of GE’s Offshore Wind business. He will succeed John Lavelle, who is retiring after a 40-year career. Kjaersgaard joins GE from FLSmidth, where he was most recently president of the cement business, including full EPC turnkey plants, products business and aftermarket services. He previously served as VP of global sales of Siemens’ onshore and offshore businesses before becoming CEO of Siemens Wind Power Americas, and later on CEO for Siemens Wind Power EMEA. He came to Siemens from Bonus Energy, where he led the organization’s commercial team and was involved in some of the first utility-scale offshore wind projects in European waters before the company was acquired by Siemens in 2004.

GE Renewable Energy is a $15.7 billion business that offers onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar and grid solutions.