E.ON is mourning the loss of its former CEO who died yesterday after long illness aged 68. Wulf Bernotat was E.ON’s Chief Executive Officer from May 2003 until 2010, succeeding Ulrich Hartmann and Wilhelm Simson in this post.
As CEO, Bernotat played a key role in shaping the company’s development. After a phase of consolidation following the merger of VEBA and VIAG to form E.ON, he drove the internationalization of the Group by expanding into the UK, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Italy. Bernotat succeeded in turning many different business activities into a strategically and culturally integrated E.ON Group.
“Thanks to his outstanding personality, Wulf Bernotat managed to give E.ON a powerful identity within only a few years after the merger, and we are still benefiting from that strength today. One of his achievements was his personal commitment to developing what was still a young renewable energies business in Europe and North America. It’s not only for that reason that he will always be “Mister Just-do-it” for me. We at E.ON will always hold him in grateful memory,” said E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen.