ABB Power Grids names Sjoelin as head of North America unit

ABB Power Grids has appointed Anders Sjoelin as Country Managing Director (CMD) for the United States and Head of its Power Grids’ North America business, effective at the beginning of this year.

In his role as Head of Power Grids North America, Sjoelin oversees customer relationships in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, including the management of local sales teams, across the entire Power Grids portfolio. As CMD for the US, he is responsible for ABB Power Grids’ operations in areas including finance, legal, health, safety and environment (HSE) and business compliance.


“We have a passion for solving customer problems and pride in providing a strong, local presence,” Sjoelin said. “With our world-class expertise and the industry’s strongest portfolio, we are shaping the future of sustainable energy with pioneering technologies, as the partner of choice for a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

Prior to his current role, Sjoelin served as president of ABB’s Power Systems division in North America.  Previously, he held the position of senior vice president and general manager for ABB’s Grid Systems and Substations businesses in North America. Anders is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, home to ABB’s Power Grids headquarters on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University. 

Sjoelin is very involved in the U.S. industry community and is a member of the board of Alliance to Save Energy – a nonprofit bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders advocating for enhanced energy productivity to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment, greater energy security, affordability and reliability.

Last year, Hitachi announced it acquired the ABB Power Grids business in an $11 billion deal. Power Grids will be joint effort with ABB and Hitachi until the latter company name takes over sometime in the next year or so.

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