New appointment at renewable hydrogen pioneer – Hy2gen welcomes Astrid Hartwijk as Chief Operating Officer

03 April 2024

Hy2gen, the global developer, financier, builder and operator of plants for the production of renewable hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives, has appointed Astrid Hartwijk as Chief Operating Officer. Hartwijk has over 25 years of experience with international companies in the energy sector and joins the Hy2gen team as of April 1, 2024.

“I am thrilled to join Hy2gen. I had open and very assuring conversations with the other Board members, Cyril Dufau-Sansot and Bernd Hübner, which gave me the feeling that we can work well together as a team and that I can contribute a lot at Hy2gen. The level of professionalism, what Hy2gen stands for, and the type of investors behind it; everyone is on the same mission to combat climate change by providing renewable fuels“, says Hartwijk of her new role, adding: “It’s a fantastic team here at Hy2gen. Working and discovering things together with a diverse group of enthusiastic people, that’s what I’m looking forward to the most. My task here will be to move projects from the development stages into reality with speed, focus and sound business cases. To do that we will need to navigate the still developing regulatory landscapes, markets and supply chain challenges.”

From initiation to the start of operations – comprehensive expertise in project development

Hartwijk has a degree in chemistry and many years of experience in project management. Her career highlights include positions at Shell as Transformation Director and Business Opportunity Manager for Offshore Facilities, where she has led energy projects from the initiation phase to the start of operations. Hartwijk is qualified with the LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt and as an Agile Coach and therefore has the expertise to introduce new work processes in an economically viable way.


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Hy2gen’s CEO, Cyril Dufau-Sansot, warmly welcomed Hartwijk to the team: “With the appointment of Astrid as COO of Hy2gen AG, we are entering a new era of achievement, where our commitment to shaping the future of sustainable energy will benefit from her experience. She will give a tangible reality to our large-scale project implementation worldwide.”

Chairwoman of the Hy2gen Supervisory Board, Dana Kallasch, is delighted with the new COO: “With an impressive track record, Astrid Hartwijk brings a wealth of experience from different areas, making her an extremely versatile leader. I am convinced that she will add tremendous value to our team and our organisation as a whole and I am delighted to welcome her to Hy2gen.”

The appointment of Hartwijk as Chief Operations Officer will support Hy2gen in its goal to produce renewable hydrogen economically on a large scale and become the market leader with this concept. She will coordinate the global implementation of the company’s strategy and thus make a key contribution to Hy2gen’s projects.

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