OWC has appointed Tom Whittle to the newly-created role of Director of New Technologies to oversee and develop services utilising innovative renewable technology domains.
Tom Whittle joined OWC in London in 2017, to work on a large floating wind project. He went on to establish OWC’s Taiwan office at the beginning of 2019, and has since served as Director of Asia Pacific. Whittle has worked extensively in the renewable energy sector throughout his career, with over 15 years’ experience in the offshore wind industry and experience in project development and construction, in Europe and APAC with previous roles at DNV and Orsted.
Under Whittle’s highly successful leadership, OWC’s APAC business has seen considerable and sustained growth, expanding from Taiwan to additional locations in 5 countries in the region.
“Tom has performed brilliantly in his role as APAC Director, and I anticipate he will add his customary entrepreneurial style to this new role. Harnessing new technologies has been key to OWC’s success, and I look forward to seeing it continue to flourish under Tom’s leadership.”Will Cleverly, CEO at OWC
In his exciting new role as Director of New Technologies, Whittle’s mandate is to coordinate, encourage and champion OWC’s activities in new technology domains across the renewables sector, with a focus on Hydrogen (H2), Power-to-X (P2X), Floating Wind and Floating Solar. Whittle says,
“The energy transition and the fight against climate change involves a rapidly developing technological landscape, and OWC is proactively guiding developers, financiers, government and other stakeholders in these technology domains. My role is to ensure that we maintain our leading position at the forefront of technologies in this space, and ensure effective contribution to energy transition and the fight against climate change.”
As well as H2 and P2X, floating wind and floating solar, Whittle will look to identify, monitor and evaluate emerging technologies in the renewables and climate change sector, coordinating OWC’s services in these areas to ensure existing technical pre-eminence is maintained.
“In OWC and ABL Group, we have a huge depth of knowledge and expertise in – or related to – new technologies. I’m very excited to take on this challenge and work together with our brilliantly talented teams to assist clients in delivering even more projects in this important and complex space,” says Whittle.
Whittle will be succeeded as Director of Asia Pacific by Riccardo Felici.