Acciona Energy has named Rafael Esteban as CEO of Acciona Energy USA Global. In this role, Mr. Esteban will be responsible for the growth of Acciona’s renewable energy portfolio in the USA and Canada and the operation of 966MW of wind and solar energy projects in the two countries.

He replaces Ilya Hartmann, who served as CEO since 2012. Most recently, Rafael Esteban served as Acciona Energy’s CEO for South Africa, where led the development and construction of renewable energy projects. Prior to his work in South Africa, Mr. Esteban served as Director for Acciona Energy in Europe and Managing Director for Acciona Energy Italy. He joined Acciona after working in management positions at Ernst & Young and American Appraisal Associates. Mr. Esteban holds a law degree from The Complutense University of Madrid and an MBA from IE Business School. He will be based in Acciona’s North American headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.