December 19, 2017 / 7:38 PM / 6 months ago

Innogy's CEO departs days after profit warning

BERLIN, Dec 19 (Reuters) - 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 resurces 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. (Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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