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Nexans strengthens its Management Board in line with its ‘Paced for Growth’ strategic plan

Nexans has appointed Dirk Steinbrink to the newly-created role of CTO with the mission to strengthen Nexans’ industrial leadership in innovation / Vincent Dessale has been promoted to the Nexans Management Board with responsibility for its Subsea & Land Systems business group

Dr. Dirk Steinbrink (Images: Nexans)Dr. Dirk Steinbrink (Images: Nexans)

Highlighting an emphasis on  innovation as defined in its ‘Paced for Growth’ business strategy for 2018-22, Nexans has appointed its first Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Management Board Level. Stepping into the newly-created role is Dirk Steinbrink, who was previously Senior Executive Vice President for Nexans’ High Voltage and Underwater Cable Business Group. Taking over his role, Vincent Dessale has been appointed to the Nexans Management Board as Senior Executive Vice President (EVP) for its Subsea & Land Systems business group.

Innovation and technology at the core of Nexans’ five-year strategic plan

Nexans has developed its ‘Paced for Growth’ strategy with the vision to become a leader in advanced cabling and connectivity solutions. This includes the Group’s ambition to expand Nexans’ scope beyond existing products and solutions into new growth-generating possibilities while accelerating its speed to market.

In his role as Nexans CTO, Dirk Steinbrink will supervise the Nexans Technology & Innovation group function as well as Acceleration Units that are focused on the development of promising business opportunities, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and e-mobility.

Dirk Steinbrink has been Senior EVP for Nexans’ High Voltage and Underwater Cable Business Group for the past seven years and has over 20 years experience in the cable industry. He has a doctorate in High-Voltage Electrical Engineering from the Bergische University of Wuppertal.

Continuous focus on Subsea & Land Systems

Nexans has created the Subsea & Land Systems business group leading the High Voltage and Projects business segment. This segment encompasses subsea interconnections, offshore wind farms, land high voltage (HV) projects and smart solutions for oil & gas applications - including umbilicals and direct electrical heating (DEH) systems for subsea flow lines.

With a wealth of experience in submarine and land systems, Vincent Dessale (image to the right) will be in charge of leading Nexans’ Subsea & Land Systems business group, with the mission to help customers find the right cable system solution to address their efficiency and reliability challenges as well as to support them from the beginning of a project (design, engineering, funding, asset management) to the end (system management).

Previously, Vincent Dessale was EVP for Nexans’ Submarine HV business that has moved into the new Subsea & Land Systems business group. He joined Nexans in 2001 and has seven years experience in the delivery of HV and underwater cable projects.

The Nexans Management Board is led by Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge, CEO. In addition to Dirk Steinbrink and Vincent Dessale, the Management Board is composed of:

  • Nicolas Badré, CFO
  • Anne-Marie Cambourieu, Senior Corporate Vice President Human Resources in charge of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Benjamin Fitoussi, Senior EVP, responsible for Industry Solutions & Projects and MERA
  • Christopher Guerin, Senior EVP, responsible for Telecom / Datacom, Power Accessories Business Group and Europe
  • Pascal Portevin, Senior Corporate EVP in charge International and Operations.
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