17.06.2024 Press release

Hydrogen Council Welcomes Hyundai Motor Company As New Co-Chair

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The Hydrogen Council is proud to announce Hyundai Motor Company President and CEO Jaehoon Chang as its new Co-Chair, joining Sanjiv Lamba, CEO of Linde. Together, the two Co-Chairs will work closely with member CEOs as the Council enters its next chapter focused on unlocking demand for hydrogen and creating a framework for global trade and accelerated investment.

A founding member of the Hydrogen Council, Hyundai has been at the forefront of hydrogen momentum for nearly half of the company’s existence, achieving many firsts, including the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell electric passenger and heavy-duty vehicles (FCEVs), holding the world’s top-selling record. The company's commitment to the realization of a hydrogen society extends to the entire hydrogen value chain beyond mobility, providing business solutions from production to storage, transportation, and utilization. Hyundai's leadership across the value chain positions the company uniquely as a global energy transition leader beyond being the primary offtaker.

The Hydrogen Council is a crucial initiative in our global energy transition effort. I am delighted to be appointed as Co-Chair and I look forward to working with fellow hydrogen leaders to bring the Council’s vision to life and expand the positive impact of hydrogen around the world.

Jaehoon Chang Hyundai Motor President and CEO and new Co-Chair of the Hydrogen Council

Jaehoon Chang takes over from Yoshinori Kanehana, Chairman of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., who served as Co-chair over the past two and a half years and who said:

It has been an honour to contribute to this key global initiative and help make significant strides in advancing hydrogen as a vital solution for a sustainable energy future. I look forward to continuing to support the Council’s efforts as a dedicated member.

Yoshinori Kanehana Chairman of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

(From left) Yoshinori Kanehana, Chairman of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Sanjiv Lamba, CEO of Linde; Ivana Jemelkova, CEO of the Hydrogen Council; Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company @Photo Credit: Hydrogen Council

On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank Kanehana-san and his team at Kawasaki Heavy Industries for their exceptional contribution to our shared mission, and welcome Jay as the new Co-Chair. His vision and experience will be invaluable as we navigate the opportunities and challenges in advancing hydrogen as a cornerstone of our clean energy future.

Sanjiv Lamba CEO of Linde and Co-Chair of the Hydrogen Council

We are at a pivotal moment for the hydrogen industry. Our collective efforts are vital in accelerating hydrogen as a viable climate solution, and I am excited to work alongside leaders such as Jaehoon Chang and Sanjiv Lamba and their strong teams to drive this mission forward.

Ivana Jemelkova CEO of the Hydrogen Council

The leadership change took place at the Hydrogen Council’s annual CEO event last week. More than 200 CEOs and senior executives from the world’s leading businesses and investors in hydrogen gathered in Berlin, Germany to take stock of progress, discuss practical solutions, and demonstrate a renewed commitment to collaboration.


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