AFC Energy (AIM: AFC), the industrial fuel cell power company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Gibson to AFC Energy's Board of Directors as Chief Operating Officer of the Company with immediate effect.
Jim's extensive experience in operational management and business development in the chemicals sector is critical as AFC Energy is set to crystallise the commercialisation of its proven alkaline fuel cell system. Jim has taken a leading role at AFC Energy over the last four months in a product development and business development capacity, closely involving himself in the oversight and management of project opportunities and operational development.
Jim has almost 30 years' experience in operations management and business development roles for the engineering contracting sector and particularly within the APAC region. Jim spent 23 years at Foster Wheeler working in operational roles and then leveraging his technical background, in chemical engineering, to maximise business acquisition opportunities in his business development roles. Jim worked as Commercial Director for the APAC region and was MD of Global Sales & Marketing group. Jim has most recently spent two years as Head of Process Technologies & Business Development (APAC) for ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Adam Bond, CEO, commented:
"On behalf of all the Directors and executives, we would like to welcome Jim to the Board. Jim's credentials, experience and capability have supported the Company over the past few months and have been a strong catalyst for some of the commercial and technical initiatives currently under development at AFC Energy. His direct experience in the chemical and industrial sectors drive an increased focus and relevance of AFC Energy's leading alkaline technology and fuel cell systems to that expected from our commercial, strategic and project partners. We are delighted to add Jim to our Board and executive team."
Jim Gibson, COO, commented:
"It is a pleasure to be joining AFC Energy at this extremely exciting time in the Company's evolution to a fully commercial and world leading fuel cell company. Having followed the Company for the past couple of years, I have been most impressed at the strides forward it has achieved and the calibre of partners we are currently engaged with. I'm confident that a significant market opportunity is opening for AFC Energy's fuel cell and look forward to supporting the Company's stated aspirations for 2017 of project development and technical success and beyond."