In the highly competitive electrolyzer market, Essen-based company Thyssenkrupp AG has gotten Dr. Werner Ponikwar to lead the recently created subsidiary Nucera. On July 1st, 2022, the chemist assumed his new role as managing director (CEO), following in the footsteps of Denis Krude, who now fills the newly created function of chief operating officer (COO), as planned.
About this, Dr. Volkmar Dinstuhl, CEO of Thyssenkrupp division Multi Tracks, stated, “Werner Ponikwar has a broad range of experience from various management positions in plant construction and chemistry as well as the rapidly growing hydrogen market.” Ponikwar had been working at the gas company Linde for many years. Initially, he headed the business unit Polyolefins at Linde Engineering as well as Key Account Management at Linde AG, before he became managing director of Linde Hydrogen FuelTech GmbH, a subsidiary of Linde plc.
Thyssenkrupp nucera had been introduced in January 2022 as a new brand and had immediately, in the first quarter, received two large orders regarding H2 projects in the Netherlands and in Saudi Arabia. According to information by the company, they are still considering whether an IPO should be the preferred option for further development.