Johannes Schwemmer has been appointed Executive Director of Fusion for Energy, the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy. Joaquin Sánchez, Chair of the Fusion for Energy Governing Board, thanked all members for their collaboration in taking this important decision and congratulated Johannes Schwemmer on his new position. “We look forward to working with you and offering our guidance so that Europe honours its commitment in the various projects that aim to bring fusion energy closer” he stated."It is a great honour to be appointed Director of Fusion for Energy and to serve this organisation with leadership, loyalty and vision. I’m fully committed to managing effectively the European contribution to ITER, this unique global collaboration that has the ambition to make fusion a viable option for abundant and clean base load energy supply” Schwemmer said.Johannes Schwemmer has been working in the fields of information, telecommunications and business technology for more than 25 years. He has a proven track record in international collaboration, project management and business strategy. He is currently a partner at Antevorte, a German consultancy specialising in performance management. Previously he worked for eight years at Unify GmbH & Co. KG, a global market leader in unified communication solutions present in 100 countries, where he held different positions as Vice-President for Global Project Management and Service Optimisation, and Vice-President for Global Training. Earlier in his career he worked at Siemens Business Services, as Vice-President for Risk Management and Strategic Alliances Management. He holds a European Joint Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), Germany, in collaboration with the University of Essex, UK and ESIEE Paris, France.The Director is appointed by Fusion for Energy’s Governing Board for a period of five years, once renewable up to five years. The appointment is made on the basis of a list of candidates proposed by the European Commission after an open competition, following a publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities.