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XLCC Welcomes Industry Veteran Vegar Syrtveit Larsen as New CTO, Supercharging Leadership Team for next generation HVDC rollout

In a strategic move to bolster its leadership ranks, XLCC, a frontrunner in HVDC cable manufacturing and installation based in the UK, today announces the appointment of Vegar Syrtveit Larsen as Chief Technology Officer. Vegar transitions to XLCC from his role at Nexans, marking a pivotal step ahead of the groundbreaking Hunterston HVDC cable factory development in North Ayrshire, Scotland.

With an illustrious career spanning over two decades, Vegar Syrtveit Larsen is renowned for his technical mastery and leadership across various global industries. His tenure as Vice President Industrial and General Manager of GRID & Turnkey and Offshore North America at Nexans saw him managing expansive industrial sites and leading over 1000 professionals across three continents. Vegar’s extensive experience with subsea high-voltage cable systems at Nexans has endowed him with unparalleled expertise in HVDC technology and the nuances of scaling high-impact technical projects worldwide.

As XLCC gears up the construction of the Hunterston project, the company is strategically handpicking global leaders to enrich its talent pool, aiming to ensure the venture’s success through a fusion of diverse expertise. The appointment of Vegar Syrtveit Larsen is a testament to XLCC’s commitment to leadership excellence and innovation in the HVDC cable sector.

Vegar Syrtveit Larsen on his new role, said:

Joining XLCC represents a significant milestone in my career. I am passionate about leveraging my global manufacturing and technical insights to revolutionize the renewable energy landscape with cutting-edge HVDC cable solutions. I look forward to driving XLCC’s mission forward, alongside a talented team, to strengthen the renewable energy supply chain.”

Ian Douglas, CEO of XLCC on appointing Vegar said:

Vegar’s arrival at XLCC brings us not only his exceptional technical skills but also a wealth of strategic industry insights. As we prepare to kickstart our ambitious project at Hunterston, his visionary leadership is exactly what we need to navigate the complexities of our rapidly evolving industry.”

XLCC is on a mission to transform global energy projects with its high-quality HVDC subsea cables, aiming to debottleneck challenges and propel the transition towards renewable energy. The company’s upcoming Hunterston site is a cornerstone project, set to play a critical role in establishing an interconnected network of subsea cables that will democratize and drive the future of global energy supplies.

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