Peter Terium, chief executive of German ecological power supplier Innogy SE addresses the company's annual general shareholders meeting in Essen, Germany, April 24, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
German energy company Innogy said on Tuesday its chief executive Peter Terium was leaving the company immediately, just days after the company issued a profit warning that sent its shares tumbling.
Terium will be replaced in the interim by Uwe Tigges, chief human resources officer, until the supervisory board decides on a successor.
“The Supervisory Board generally welcomes the corporate and finance strategy pursued by the board, but sees the necessity for greater emphasis on cost discipline and a more focused growth and investment strategy,” the company said in a statement late on Tuesday.
Innogy had trimmed its operating profit forecast for 2017 on Dec. 13, citing a persistently difficult market environment for npower, its ailing British electricity and gas supplies business.
But it also predicted a fall in profits in 2018, mainly due to increased spending on energy supply networks, broadband telecoms and renewable power generation.
“Even if this will weigh on our earnings short-term, I am convinced that this is the right strategy for setting up Innogy optimally for the future,” Terium had said at the time.