Class Year: 2007
Job Title / Company: Portfolio Manager for B2B Customer Solutions Division at E.ON
Below is a Google translation of an intervew conducted with Valerie Speth.
Interview with Dr. Valerie Speth
International portfolio management in the energy sector
Dr. Valerie Speth leads the portfolio management for the B2B Customer Solutions division at E.ON. In the interview she reports on her daily work and the current dynamism of the energy sector.
Dr. Speth, what are your areas of responsibility at E.ON?
I am responsible for the further development and optimization of our portfolio with my team in the area of customer solutions. We develop market models for the future, examine current competition structures and evaluate innovative business models for the B2B area. Since E.ON is very international, we always look at several national markets.
In your opinion, what are the challenges of the new energy fields that affect your business?
Anyone who wants to insist on the energy market today must fundamentally change his portfolio and move far beyond the historical core competency of large energy suppliers. The entire energy sector is undergoing steady transformation and is undergoing a strong transformation process. In addition to the energy demand, for example, digitization plays an outstanding role. Intelligent energy networks and modern IT solutions enable an ideal control of energy generation and consumption. For E.ON's business development and portfolio management, this has far-reaching implications, as new business models and links to other industries are constantly emerging. If an energy supplier wants to be successful in this competitive market, it is important to remain on the ball, develop innovative concepts and flexibly adapt the portfolio to the circumstances. The competition situation has also changed fundamentally as more and more start-ups enter the energy sector. This means, however, not only competition, but also the opportunity to create new business models and, above all, partner models.