Schiedam, the Netherlands, 1 April 2021 - Hans Vrijenhoef announces to step down as Chief Executive Officer of Proton Ventures with immediate effect. He will continue to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Management Board for at least another 3 years to support Proton Ventures Management Team in the continuation and growth of the existing business of green ammonia production technologies. Paul Baan will succeed Hans Vrijenhoef as of April 1st, 2021.
Paul has proven to be an astute energy sector specialist through his longstanding career with several leadership positions amongst others at Ørsted and EON. Paul has an entrepreneurial mindset and a track record in letting businesses with technological leadership positions flourish. He is an engineer by background who has developed an excellent network in the B2B energy industry and strong understanding of Power to X technology and business cases.
Hans Vrijenhoef said: “I am very happy that Paul is joining Proton Ventures as CEO and that we can work together on the energy transition. I am highly confident that under his leadership, Proton Ventures will prosper long into the future. His appointment demonstrates the strength of Proton Ventures’ innovative mindset and its thought leadership position in green ammonia production.”
“It has been an honour and a pleasure for me to lead Proton Ventures during the last 20 years. Throughout this time, I have been humbled by the commitment and hard work of the Proton Ventures Team, and their passion for creating a truly purpose-driven company. I am very grateful to them, as I am also to the many Proton Ventures’ clients, partners and other stakeholders, with whom we have worked to build our long-term, sustainable business. I look forward to continue to engage with all stakeholders in the coming years to further drive innovation and execute engineering projects related to green ammonia production and storage.
“I also look forward to continue to dedicate my time and my experiences to the recently announced TransHydrogen Alliance which we created together with VARO Energy, Trammo and Port of Rotterdam to announce our joint ambition to import up to 2 Million ton per year of green ammonia from solar and wind rich areas to Rotterdam.”
Paul Baan said: “Hans is an exceptional business leader who has founded Proton Ventures, making it one of the most innovative engineering companies in its sector, and Hans is one of the most admired industry experts on green ammonia production in the world.
I am pleased that Hans has committed his time and efforts to the company for several years and looking forward to our collaboration.
Proton Ventures is a fantastic business. With its excellent team of engineers and professionals, existing clients and strong partner network there is a solid foundation for further growth. I feel privileged and excited to be asked to work with the Team and lead Proton Ventures into the next stage of its strategic development. We have a shared passion; making the energy transition work.”