In May 2016, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2 JU) got a new executive director. In the middle of that month, Bart Biebuyck took over the task from Bert de Colvenaer, who left in December 2015 – after which Philippe Vannson, the head of the Advanced Energy Systems unit of the European Commission, filled in the role temporarily. Biebuyck used to be Technical Senior Manager at the Fuel Cell Department of Toyota Motor Europe, where he participated in the German Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) in Berlin. Additionally, the Dutch national worked two years on the Small Vehicle Development Project by PSA and Toyota.
Pierre-Etienne Franc, Chair of the FCH2 JU Governing Board for Hydrogen Europe, explained: “The hydrogen and fuel cell industry has reached a critical point, and we need strong leadership for the opportunities and challenges ahead. Bart Biebuyck brings with him extensive expertise […] and a deep understanding of the technology.” Biebuyck himself said: “I feel honored to have been selected to lead FCH2 JU, and I am looking forward to working with all members to popularize this clean technology within the European community, in order to contribute to an eco-friendly economy.”