Last November, H-Tec Education, based in Lübeck, Germany, was put under new management. Parent company GP Joule elevated Thorsten Schmidt to head of the teaching materials division. Åke Johnsen, who had worked for H-Tec’s marketing department since 2001 before becoming part of the board in 2016 after the exit of company founder Uwe Küter, left the subsidiary to join its parent company, where he could lead the hydrogen business at both GP Joule and H-Tec to new levels of success. Because of his great number of contacts in the H2 and fuel cell community, he has since been advising the key account management and the marketing department at GP Joule in Reußenköge, Germany. By his own account, the situation had been a win-win scenario for everyone involved.
Schmidt has many years of experience in managing branch offices from his time as H-Tec Education’s sales manager. Granted authority to act on the company’s behalf, he has since been overseeing day-to-day operations in Lübeck. The sole CEO of H-Tec Education is Ove Petersen, who is also chief executive at GP Joule, alongside Heinrich Gärtner and André Hirsch.