07 July 2021

ENTSO-E New Leadership Team

On July 1st, the new leadership team of ENTSO-E, an association that brings together European electricity transmission operators (TSO), including REN, took office. This newly elected team is led again by the President, Mr Hervé Laffaye, International Officer in charge of International and European Affairs at RTE, the French transmission system operator; the Vice-President, Mr Zbyněk Boldiš, Director of the International Affairs Section of ČEPS a.s., the Czech transmission system operator; and the Chair of the Board, Mr Joachim Vanzetta, Director System Control of Amprion GmbH, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs). All three members will be serving their second mandate at the head of ENTSO-E.

ENTSO-E's leadership also includes the Vice-Chair of the Board, a position held, until June 30, by Mrs Pascale Fonck, Chief External Relations Officer at Elia System Operator SA, that endend as of that date her second mandate. The new Vice-Chair of the Board will be elected in the first regular meeting of the new Board after the Summer. 

Hervé Laffaye declared: 'I am very thankful to the ENTSO-E Assembly for re-electing me as President. I look forward to continuing to deliver together with the Chair of the Board, Joachim Vanzetta, the Secretary-General, Sonya Twohig and her team, on ENTSO-E's important mission. European TSOs, cooperating in ENTSO-E, ensure the security of one of the largest interconnected grids in the world, the optimal functioning and development of interconnected markets, as well as the integration of renewable energy sources and of emerging technologies. I am very honoured to be leading for a new mandate the professional European association of TSOs which as independent, neutral and regulated entities, act in society's interest.'

Joachim Vanzetta said: 'I want to express my deep gratitude to all European TSOs united in ENTSO-E for their trust and for the re-election as Chair of the Board. I take this as a unique opportunity to further develop the association based on our aligned vision and goals. I will do my utmost to ensure that the common mission of ENTSO-E - being the enabler of the climate-neutrality objective by 2050 in line with the European Commission's Green Deal initiative - is put into practice, while actively contributing with our TSO expertise at the European level. It will require multiple solutions including energy system integration, onshore/offshore developments, closer cooperation with DSOs but also digitalisation and innovation. ENTSO-E will have a key role to play in facilitating the needed cooperation and communication towards one system of interconnected systems.'

Committee Chairs

The Chairs of the ENTSO-E Committees and of the Legal and Regulatory Group also came into office on 1st July. Mr Håkon Borgen, Executive Vice President of Technology & Development at Statnett SF, and Mr Tahir Kapetanovic, Head of National Control Centre at Austrian Power Grid AG, have been re-elected respectively as Chair of the Research, Development and Innovation Committee and Chair of the System Operations Committee.

Mr Gerald Kaendler, Director Asset Management at Amprion GmbH, has been elected Chair of the System Development Committee; Mr Kjell A. Barmsnes, Head of Market Development Department in Statnett SF, has been elected Chair of the Market Committee and Mr Fokke Elskamp, Corporate Advisor on European Regulation in Regulatory Affairs Department of TenneT TSO B.V., has been elected Chair of the Legal and Regulatory Group. They succeed to, respectively, Mr Dimitrios Chaniotis, Senior Advisor to the Director of Power System Economics at RTE; Mr Konrad Purchała, Managing Director at the System Management Department at PSE S.A.; and Mrs Inés de la Barreda, Head of Department of Cooperation with International Organizations in REE S.A.

Board Members

The new Board is composed of the following members: Mr Dirk Biermann (50Hertz Transmission GmbH); Mr Damian Cortinas (RTE); Mr Maurice Dierick (Swissgrid ag); Mr Guido Guida (Terna SpA); Mr Frank-Peter Hansen (Tennet TSO B.V.); Mr Søren Dupont Kristensen (Energinet); Mr Robert Paprocki (PSE S.A.); Mr Eduardo Prieto (REE S.A.); Mr Liam Ryan (EirGrid plc); Mr Taavi Veskimägi (Elering AS); Mr Dimitar Zarchev (ESO EAD).

Mr Michael Jesberger (TransnetBW GmbH), Mr Manos Manousakis (IPTO S.A.), Mr Fintan Slye (National Grid ESO) and Mr Yves Zumwald (Swissgrid ag) endend their mandate at  the ENTSO-E Board on 1 July. Mr Daivis Virbickas (Litgrid AB) left the ENTSO-E Board in October 2020 and was replaced on an ad-interim basis by Mr Taavi Veskimägi until 1 July.

ENTSO-E's mandates last two years and can be renewed once.

ENTSO-E's Mission Statement

The new leadership team will work under the framework of an updated ENTSO-E Mission Statement adopted by the Assembly in March 2021. It sets ENTSO-E's core mission as well as the association's vision, values, and key contributions. 

ENTSO-E's leadership team, Board Members and Committee Chairs



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