Denis Krude

Born in Madrid in 1970, studied General Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the university RWTH Aachen.

Denis Krude

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Denis Krude has got more than 21 years of experience in the plant design business. He works for thyssenkrupp since 1998 and held leading positions in engineering and management, including more than 8 years as Head of Design Department in the electrolysis division, 2 years as board member of the joint venture UHDENORA, 4 years as COO and 1 year as CEO of the Uhde Inventa-Fischer Group.

On 1 October 2016, Denis Krude was appointed CEO of thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers GmbH.

Arno Pfannschmidt

Born 1961, degree (Dipl.-Volksw.) in economics and a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in transaction cost economics from the University of Bonn

Arno Pfannschmidt

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


Arno Pfannschmidt has since 1993 more than 20 years' professional experience in accounting, taxes, controlling, finance and M&A at thyssenkrupp. Of these more than 15 years have been in CFO functions at subsidiaries within various Business Areas, such as Stainless Steel, Elevator and Marine Systems, including assignments to Italy, South Korea and Sweden. On September 1, 2014 Arno Pfannschmidt was appointed CFO of thyssenkrupp Electrolysis GmbH, and continued in this function in thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers GmbH after the Closing of the Joint Venture.

Shinji Katayama

Born in Milano in 1966, studied Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Fulvio Federico

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)


Fulvio Federico has more than 20 years' professional experience in design, development and manufacturing of cells and processes for the electrochemical industry. In 1993 he joined De Nora for the research and development of electrolyzers for conventional chlor-alkali as well as for new processes, especially those using oxygen depolarized cathodes.

He was participating in projects and leading projects in new technology development for De Nora and since 2001 for Uhdenora, from basic concept until industrialization. E.g. the HCl-ODC electrolysis, NaCl-ODC, zero-gap retrofit and new chlor-alkali BM Gen. v6.

In April 2015 he joined thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers as Head of Global Technology, coordinating the R&D activities. On 1 October 2017 Fulvio Federico was appointed CTO of thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers.

Local Management

Energy Storage and Hydrogen