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Wesley Witt, Head of Quality Management and Health, Safety and Environment for the Americas region of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been elected Chair of the GWO North America committee and Simon Hayes, Head of Health, Safety and Environment for Ørsted and the offshore business in North America, has been elected Vice Chair.
 
With more than 15 years focused on safety, Witt has been in his current role for nearly five years at SGRE. Before that, he was director of quality and HSE for Wind Services at SGRE. Witt also held several positions with Siemens Energy in quality and EHS management. Witt earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in safety, security and emergency management from Eastern Kentucky University.
 
Hayes is head of HSE for Ørsted. He was previously lead project HSE manager for the company. Hayes also gained experience at DONG Energy, the predecessor company to Ørsted, where he was team lead – site HSE, site HSE manager for the construction phase of the 582MW GODE 01 & 02 offshore wind farms, and site HSE manager and project HSE manager for the construction phase of the 312MW Borkum Riffgrund 01 offshore wind farm. Before that, he was HSSE manager with London Array Limited where he also was involved in construction of offshore facilities. Prior to the wind farm industry, Hayes worked for 10 years in the offshore search and rescue sector as a marine engineer and safety manager. He studied Mechanical & Marine Engineering at Llandrillo Technical College in the U.K.
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