THINK’s global expansion continues with world-class cleantech and automotive executive appointments
THINK, announces a further strengthening of its management team today with two new senior appointments from the automotive and renewable energy industries
Jan Brentebråten, a senior leader in the European automotive industry, is appointed Director – Marketing, Sales and Service, THINK Global. He has previously held a number of senior positions with Mazda and Ford in Europe, including the managing directorships of Ford Netherlands, Ford Norway and Ford Scandinavia and the presidency of Mazda Motors Deutschland and Mazda Europe.
Most recently, Jan was Director, Sustainability & Alternative Fuel Vehicle Strategy – Ford of Europe. In this role he oversaw the development and implementation of Ford’s European sustainability strategies and plans, including a concerted lobbying and relationship building effort within Europe and a number of fleet and retail sustainability initiatives.
Helge Nerland, who comes with over 20 years’ leadership experience in the finance world, is appointed CFO, THINK Global. He was most recently Senior Corporate Advisor at Fondsfinans ASA with special responsibility for renewable energy projects and energy saving technologies.
Helge was also previously CFO at Tomra Systems ASA, a world leader in consumable beverage recycling systems. Working for Tomra in Scandinavia and the USA, he oversaw enormous growth in revenues and market capitalisation during his reign as CFO dating back to the late 1980s.
THINK CEO, Richard Canny, said: “We are making great progress in establishing our new state-of-the-art production facilities in Finland and rolling-out sales into new markets across Europe. These two new appointments will help us accelerate our growth and consolidate our leading position in the global EV market.”
He continued: “We have the world’s first ready and available urban full battery electric vehicle in the THINK City, and with Jan Brentebraten’s sales and marketing might behind it, we expect to quickly start growing our order bank of 2,300 vehicles. We also have an excellent CFO in Helge Nerland to keep our newly vitalised finances in good order. I can’t think of a better-qualified financier, and one with a specialty in renewable energy, to do this job.”
Both appointments are effective immediately.