Massaquoi, who was an executive at Boeing for over eight years, brings more than 25 years of experience as a global finance executive and investment banker for growth-stage private companies, mainly in the aerospace/aviation, cleantech, and transportation sectors.

His career has focused on securing the capital necessary to accelerate growth and drive M&A transactions from strategic inception to successful integration. He has enabled over $37bn in external capital infusion into private and public companies, guided the establishment of seven strategic joint ventures, and executed over 40 M&A domestic and cross-border transactions.

He has completed project assignments in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

As H2 Clipper’s CFO, Massaquoi will focus on strategic financial planning and management to prepare the company for a significant capital raise.

This will bring the company closer to commercialising its two patented, complementary hydrogen transportation solutions designed to deliver green hydrogen from remote areas where hydrogen can be most inexpensively produced to places where clean energy is most needed.

H2 Clipper founder and CEO Rinaldo Brutoco said, “Joe shares our vision of a world operating on clean, sustainable, and disruptively efficient renewable energy. During his illustrious career, Joe has championed many disruptive technologies.

“His expertise and industry experience will be pivotal in helping us achieve our goal of providing a rapidly scalable hydrogen infrastructure solution, which is essential to addressing climate change.”

Massaquoi himself added, “I am passionate about innovation that connects people and improves our lives, and I am very motivated by H2 Clipper’s mission to advance the hydrogen economy worldwide. My professional experience has been with leading companies in both the energy and aviation sectors – H2 Clipper unlocks the value proposition of each in a unique and sustainable way.”

Massaquoi is the latest high-level executive to join the H2 Clipper team, which includes internationally recognised and notable experts in hydrogen, fuel cell technology, logistics, and corporate finance.

Most recently, executive search leader Thomas J. Neff joined H2 Clipper’s Advisory Board. Other Board members include Peter A. Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam, as Lead Board Director, and Ángel Gurría, renowned international diplomat and former OECD Secretary-General.

Massaquoi is also the latest high-profile appointment to be made in the emerging hydrogen mobility sector, with various headline announcements made in recent weeks and months across the up-and-coming hydrogen aviation and automotive stakeholders.

Pipelines in the sky…

H2 Clipper is the developer of high-speed, Pipeline-in-the-SkyTM hydrogen-powered airships for long distance global transport that use no fossil fuels and have a host of commercial and humanitarian applications.

It is also the force behind the new Pipe-within-a-Pipe™ ‘last mile’ distribution system to deliver pure hydrogen to end-users.

Since 2008, the company has made significant strategic investments to research, develop, and patent core IP (intellectual property) in modern airship design and regional solutions for delivery of hydrogen, forming a global end-to-end hydrogen infrastructure.