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SSE Renewables' managing director resigns

After more than three decades spent working for the British utility, Managing Director Jim Smith steps down to retire.

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SSE Renewables Managing Director Jim Smith resigns from his position, effective from the close of the company's fiscal year in April 2022, the UK utility informs in a press release.

"After nearly 34 years’ service with SSE I have decided now is the right time to start thinking about having more time to spend on other activities outside of work," writes the departing MD.

Smith began at the British power company in the summer of 1988. After SSE's purchase of wind power-specialized Irish utility Airtricity, the director moved more toward the group's renewables business and was appointed to lead SSE Renewables at its inception in November 2018.

Here, Smith oversaw company operations, not least offshore wind, which has produced the world's largest wind-at-sea project, Dogger Bank, co-owned alongside Equinor and Eni.

"Amongst many achievements he was instrumental in acquiring and integrating Airtricity which helped propel the group to a leadership position in renewables, evidenced by SSE Renewables building the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm and Britain’s highest yielding onshore wind farm in Shetland," writes SSE CEO Alistair Phillips-Davies:

"While I will be sad to see Jim retire, his energy and enthusiasm will propel SSE Renewables to even more success this year and he will continue to focus on developing the next generation of talent to further grow our business and create the net zero assets that society requires."

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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