THE MAN who has piloted wind turbine company Vestas through turbulent times on the Isle of Wight, is to leave the company.
The company confirmed today (Thursday) that Vestas R&D UK managing director Rob Sauven had resigned, however no reason for the departure has been given in the statement.
A spokesman said: "A selection process for a replacement has been initiated and until a candidate has been selected Servet Sert, senior vice- president of industrialisation in Vestas Technology and Service Solutions will serve as the head of wind capture systems and managing director of Vestas R&D UK.
"Rob will remain with Vestas until April 2014.
"He has successfully led and grown Vestas' blades development organisation throughout the past 25 years and we thank him for his dedication and leadership in this area."
The Vestas R&D facility off Stag Lane, near Newport, is at the centre of developing cutting-edge blade technology.
The 80 metre prototype blades for its new generation of turbines are being built there and the centre is used for testing and verification of all Vestas' prototype blades.
Mr Sauven was at the head of Vestas when nearly 600 jobs were lost when blade production ceased in 2009. He was instrumental in the new research and development facility being created.
He was unavailable for comment.