In a statement released today (Thursday), the company confirmed the resignation however failed to give a reason for the sudden departure.
Mr Sauven led the company through tricky times back in 2009 when employees staged a sit-in (pictured), sparking international media attention, as some 600 jobs were lost – a massive blow for the Island’s economy.
A short while later, development began on the new research and development center that is now based at Stag Lane on the banks of the River Medina – the largest building on the Isle of Wight.
A spokesman said in the statement:
“A selection process for a replacement has been initiated and until a candidate has been selected Servet Sert, senior vice- president of industrialisation in Vestas Technology and Service Solutions will serve as the head of wind capture systems and managing director of Vestas R&D UK.
“Rob will remain with Vestas until April 2014.
“He has successfully led and grown Vestas’ blades development organisation throughout the past 25 years and we thank him for his dedication and leadership in this area.”