Wyrsch on Vestas' future, its Pearl HQ, and why she's staying in Portland

Vestas Americas President Martha Wyrsch will leave the company in December, but says she plans to stay in Portland to pursue other opportunities. 

I look back and I’m so grateful to the team I work with and they’re top-notch people. Vestas is lucky to have such a strong, passionate team of people working in the city.

ES: With the change in leadership, the closing of R&D centers, and the announced layoffs, there will undoubtedly be questions about the fate of Vestas’ new Portland headquarters. As you prepare to leave the company, is there a reason for Portlanders to be worried about Vestas’ fate locally?

MW: Definitely, no. People need to know that Vestas is committed to North America. This is one of our largest markets and it really rivals Europe now in terms of overall revenue contribution we make to the bottom line for vestas.

We chose Portland with a purpose. It fits our personality, it’s a city that supports what we do and is supportive of what we believe in, and I think that’s important.

The company has had to pull in the reins a bit and be sure that we’re lean and managing costs deftly, but we’re here to stay and I think that’s important that people in Portland know that.

Our new president will be moving to Portland once his family finishes the school year in Detroit. I think that’s another strong signal to the community that we intend to be here for the long run.

We have a very bright future. We’re just in a really tough downturn as an industry. People need to be patient and stick with us.

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