15 March 2016
She has worked with strategic development of cluster organisations, in political and global organisations and has experience from the energy and green technology industries. Glenda Napier is well prepared to take over as CEO in Offshoreenergy.dk.
As per 11 April 2016 Scotch-Danish Glenda Napier takes over the position as CEO at Offshoreenergy.dk.
These days Glenda Napier is busy packing her and her son’s belongings in storage boxes - ready for moving from Copenhagen to Esbjerg to start in what she calls her dream job. Her background and present job as Head of Innovation in the sister organisation CLEAN, made her an obvious candidate for the position as CEO at Offshoreenergy.
“The position as CEO in Offshoreenergy.dk is a natural continuation of my career. I have worked with strategic development of clusters such as Offshoreenergy.dk and have a background from political and international organisations,” Glenda Napier says and adds:
“The mission of a cluster organisation is to support the industry by initiating cooperation between companies, authorities and institutions of higher education. I look very much forward to becoming a part of Offshoreenergy.dk and contribute to the further development of the offshore industry.”
She mentions that she sees both challenges and opportunities in the horizon. The oil & gas sector is in a critical situation that she believes will open up for the willingness to try new collaborations and new innovative solutions. The Danish offshore wind industry has a first mover advantage, which the new CEO notes is important to preserve by acting proactively.
We shall raise the bar
Glenda Napier speaks very fast and animated about her new job while mentioning a number of tasks that lie ahead of her.
“One of the first things I will do, when I take over is to sit down and talk to all the employees one-on-one. Next thing will be to pay our members a visit to get more information about the industry and to listen to their needs. Our job is to meet their demands but also to spot the unacknowledged demands that the industry will face in the future and help them raise the bar for innovation,” says 42-year old Glenda Napier.
From previous interviews with nearly thousand players involved in cluster work in various industries including the Danish offshore industry, she has noticed that Esbjerg has something unique.
“There are many ambitious companies in Esbjerg with a philanthropic mindset. They have achieved success and wish to ‘pay back’ businesswise to the local society and are willing to contribute to the development of the industry. This attitude is a gift when working with cluster development,” says the new CEO who is eager to swop the paving stones in the capital with sand and pioneer spirit at the West coast.
“I think that it is good to move around once in a while – it broadens your horizon,” she states.