Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff is the first woman in the male-dominated energy industry to be awarded the title “Energy Manager of the Year”. The award initiated by E&M editor Helmut Sender, has been presented annually since 2001. The winner of the “Energy Manager of the Year” award is elected by an independent committee of representatives from the energy industry, science and the media.
“Sometimes, it is the quiet tones that make your voice heard,” says Sendner about the award to Wolff, who studied musicology and English language and literature, and received the award both for her achievements as chairwoman of the management board of Entega and for her work as president of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft – BDEW).
Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff © Entega AG
“Marie-Luise Wolff has successfully transformed the Darmstadt-based energy supplier Entega into one of the leading providers of green electricity, and she is steering the BDEW with a clear vision and voice through the energy transition”, states Barbara Praetorius, professor at the University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft) Berlin and member of the awards committee.
“With Entega AG, Marie-Luise Wolff runs a successful company focused on green electricity. Furthermore, under her leadership, the BDEW has become a forward-looking association of companies with a strong political voice which is committed to a sustainable energy transition,” says member of the awards committee Patrick Graichen, director of Agora Energiewende.
“The substantial change in the energy industry is personified by Marie-Luise Wolff, who shaped Entega AG into a holistic energy supply company of the future and gave BDEW a central role in the energy and climate policy,” states member of the awards committee Christian Held, partner at the law firm Becker Büttner Held.
“Marie-Luise Wolff has contributed to shaping the transformation of the energy industry from the very beginning. Her actions have been consistently forward-looking; She does not complain about unsatisfactory conditions – she solves problems,” says member of the awards committee Christof Spangenberg, managing director of the business consulting firm K.Group.
Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff has been chairwoman of the management board of Entega AG since July 2013 and president of the BDEW since June 2018. She began her career in the energy industry in 1996 as head of corporate communications at Veba AG, before she held various management positions in the energy industry, most recently as a board member at Mainova AG.
2018 – Dr. Patrick Graichen, director of Agora Energiewende
2017 – Boris Schucht, CEO of 50Hertz Transmission GmbH
2016 – Dr. Dieter Steinkamp, chairman of the executive board of RheinEnergie AG
2015 – Dr. Georg Müller, chairman of the executive board of MVV Energie AG, Mannheim
2014 – Michael Lucke, managing director of Allgäuer Überlandwerk GmbH
2013 – Heiko von Tschischwitz, founder and chairman of the management board of LichtBlick SE, Hamburg
2012 – Johannes van Bergen, then chairman of the management board of the municipal utility company Stadtwerke Schwäbisch-Hall GmbH
2011 – Bernd Wilmert, then managing director of the municipal utility company Stadtwerke Bochum GmbH
2010 – Dr. Constantin H. Alsheimer, chairman of the executive board of Mainova AG
2010 – Herbert Dombrowsky, then chairman of the management board of N-Ergie AG
2010 – Michael G. Feist, then chairman of the executive board of the municipal utility company Stadtwerke Hannover AG
2010 – Dr. Thorsten Radensleben, chairman of the executive board of badenova AG
2009 – Dr. Kurt Mühlhäuser, then chairman of the management board of the municipal utility company Stadtwerke München GmbH
2008 – Sven Becker, spokesperson of the management board of Trianel GmbH
2007 – Dr. Hans-Bernd Menzel, then chairman of the executive board of EEX AG
2006 – Dr. Werner Brinker, then chairman of the executive board of EWE AG
2005 – Dr. Klaus Rauscher, then chairman of the executive board of Vattenfall Europe AG
2004 – Helmut Haumann, then chairman of the executive board of RheinEnergie AG
2003 – Dr. Dieter Attig, then chairman of the executive board of Stawag AG
2002 – Dr. Dieter Nagel, then chairman of the executive board of Thüga AG
2001 – Roland Hartung, then spokesperson of the board of directors of MVV Energie AG
The Awards Committee
Michael Bauchmüller – correspondent for the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung
Michael Ebling – president of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU)
Prof. Dr Manfred Fischedick – vice-president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Dr. Patrick Graichen, director of Agora Energiewende
Michael Hegel – financial expert
Christian Held – partner at Becker Büttner Held
Stefan Kapferer – chairman of the general executive management board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert – head of the energy department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Löbbe – Reutlingen University
Prof. Dr. Barbara Praetorius – professor at the University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft) Berlin.
Helmut Sendner – editor of the journal Energie & Management
Dr. Christof Spangenberg – managing director of K.Group GmbH
Christina Sternitzke – managing director of EW Medien und Kongresse
The award was initiated by the journal Energie & Management and is co-sponsored by the law firm Becker Büttner Held and the business consultancy company K.Group. It has been presented for the nineteenth time in 2019.
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