Ørsted expands New Jersey presence with two new hires

Source: press release, 6 October 2021

photo: Ørsted
photo: Ørsted

Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind energy, is expanding its presence in New Jersey with the addition of two new hires. Kareen Anderson has been named senior human resource business partner, and Tom Suthard has been hired as stakeholder relations manager.

Anderson will be based in Newark at Ørsted’s new North American Digital Operations Headquarters. Working across the organisation, Kareen will be part of a team building and scaling the human resources department to support Ocean Wind and other clean energy projects in development.

Most recently, Anderson worked at Public Service Electric & Gas (PSEG) and before that, General Electric (GE), where she graduated from GE’s highly regarded HR Leadership Program. Throughout her career, she has held various HR positions of increasing responsibility in global locations and industries.

Anderson holds three master’s degrees: business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and labor relations and human resources from Rutgers University.

Suthard will be responsible for leading strategic partnerships with stakeholders at all levels, including local elected officials, members of community, civic and business organisations, and individuals interested in learning more about Ørsted and its plans to build two offshore wind farms approximately 15 miles off the southern New Jersey coast.

Serving most recently as chief of staff for former New Jersey State Senator Chris Brown, Suthard understands the issues important to a range of stakeholders across New Jersey. He recognises and understands how policies relating to tourism, beach protection, fisheries, and economic and workforce development affect South Jersey communities.

Suthard earned a master’s degree at Rutgers University where he was a graduate fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He received his bachelor’s from Dickinson College.

“With his experience and strong relationships with community and business leaders across the state, Tom is a great addition to our team as we advance Ocean Wind I and II, and a clean energy future for New Jersey,” says Maddy Urbish, Ørsted’s head of government affairs and policy, NJ. “As we increase our presence in New Jersey, Kareen’s experience as an accomplished human resources leader will enable us to grow and invest into our people and organisation.”

Suthard will be based in Ørsted’s Atlantic City office.