Mel Kroon is to step down as chief executive of Dutch transmission system operator TenneT in the second half of 2018.
TenneT’s supervisory board has started the search for a successor to Mr Kroon, who will remain in his role until this process has been completed.
Mr Kroon was appointed chief executive officer and chairman of the executive board of TenneT in 2002. Under his leadership, TenneT has developed into a leading high-voltage grid operator. In the last 20 years, TenneT’s value has increased from €500M (US$600M) to more than €20Bn.
“TenneT is much indebted to Mel Kroon, who has always strongly advocated an integrated northwest European market and has steered the company towards a position as a leading European transmission system operator with interconnections with many neighbouring countries,” said the chairman of Tennet’s supervisory boards, Aad Veenman.
“It was Mel who initiated a highly successful strategy based on three pillars: strengthening the high-voltage grid, building new interconnection capacity and integrating the northwest European electricity market.
“Recently he unfolded a vision for a North Sea wind power hub, a long-term solution for the large-scale exploitation of offshore wind in the North Sea.”