Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Appoints Frank Wolak as President and CEO
WASHINGTON, September 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), the national association representing more than sixty leading companies and organizations, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Franck Wolak exercise the functions of President and Chief Executive Officer, from September 3, 2021. Mr. Wolak will replace the Morry Markowitz after an exceptional period of ten years. Mr. Wolak was most recently Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Market Development at FuelCell Energy, Inc., a longtime member of FCHEA, and previously was Chairman of the Board of Directors of FCHEA.
During his tenure at FuelCell Energy, Mr. Wolak pioneered and developed some of the world’s most innovative and significant fuel cell technology applications and worked closely with the US Department of Energy and Congress. to define and maintain programs for hydrogen and fuel cells. In addition to his commercial and federal successes, Mr. Wolak has been instrumental in shaping state-level policies to enable the growth of the fuel cell and hydrogen markets.
“Frank’s vast experience in business, technical and government affairs will be invaluable as the association and its members navigate the mainstream of energy politics and markets. We are extremely pleased that Frank is assuming this key leadership role, ”said Andy Marais, FCHEA President and CEO of Plug Power, Inc.
“The association is in excellent hands with Frank, and I wish great success for the future of hydrogen, fuel cell technology and the growth of the industry,” added Morry Markowitz, Past President of the FCHEA.
Mr. Wolak commented: “This is a pivotal time for hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies, which will play a critical role in the global drive towards decarbonization. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to lead the FCHEA and to offer my experience to our members at this exciting time of the energy transition. ”
Mr. Wolak has over 30 years of experience in all facets of energy, including leadership positions outside of the fuel cell industry at an international energy services company, development company and d ‘energy investment, a public energy resources company and as a management consultant providing information to clients in emerging technology and utility segments.
Frank is a founding member of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition, former chairman of the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative, was appointed Governor of the New Jersey Fuel Cell Task Force and previously served two terms in the appointment of Secretary of Commerce. to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee.
Mr. Wolak holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western University of New England and an MBA in Finance from University of Hartford.
To learn more about the benefits of hydrogen power and fuel cell technology, visit www.fchea.org/hydrogenbonds.
About the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) represents more than sixty leading companies and organizations that advance innovative, clean, safe and reliable energy technologies. The FCHEA fosters support and provides a cohesive industry voice to regulators and policy makers. Our educational efforts promote the environmental and economic benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. Visit us online at www.fchea.org.
SOURCE Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Association (FCHEA)