Executive Changes, Hydrogen, International

Hyundai CEO announced as Hydrogen Council co-chair 

Jaehoon Chang has replaced Yoshinori Kaehana as co-chair of the Hydrogen Council alongside Linde’s Sanjiv Lamba 

Hyundai Motor Company president and CEO Jaehoon Chang has joined Linde CEO Sanjiv Lamba as co-chair of the Hydrogen Council. 

The Hydrogen Council was launched at the 2017 World Economic Forum and now includes 140 multinational companies that represent the entire hydrogen value chain. 

It has traditionally been led by two co-chairs who hail from different geographies and sectors. 

The Hydrogen Council states hydrogen could account for up to 22 per cent of the world’s total global energy demand. Hyundai is a founding member of the council. 

“The Hydrogen Council is a crucial initiative in our global energy transition effort,” Chang says. 

“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.” 

Chang has taken over the role of co-chair from chairman of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Yoshinori Kanehana, who acted in the role for two-and-a-half years. 

Hydrogen Council CEO Ivana Jemelkova says Chang and Lamba are the ideal people to drive the organisation forward in what is emerging as a crucial time for the industry. 

“We are at a pivotal moment for the hydrogen industry,” Jemelkova says. “Our collective efforts are vital in accelerating hydrogen as a viable climate solution. 

“I am excited to work alongside leaders such as Jaehoon Chang Sanjiv Lamba and their strong teams to drive this mission forward.” 

The leadership change was actioned at the Hydrogen Council’s annual CEO event last week, where more than 200 CEOs and senior executives gathered in Berlin, Germany to discuss solutions and demonstrate a renewed commitment to collaboration. 

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