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12 September, 2019 - 21:06 By Kate Sweeney

Johnson Matthey strengthens battery materials proposition

Christian Günther

Royston headquartered Johnson Matthey has appointed Christian Günther as chief executive of its battery materials business.

In this new role, he will lead the commercialisation of eLNO®, a portfolio of ultra high energy density cathode materials, as JM invests in its science, testing and manufacturing facilities to deliver its strategy for breakout growth. 

Günther will join the company on November 4 and be a member of the group management committee.

He joins from Tasnee, a Saudi Arabian company with a wide range of activities in chemicals, petrochemicals, plastics, batteries manufacturing, and environmental technologies. 

Günther is currently executive VPof Tasnee’s downstream business. Prior to that, he held a number of executive VP roles in Tasnee, firstly leading the corporate transformation and then heading up Cristal, Tasnee’s global titanium dioxide business. 

Before joining Tasnee, Günther spent 13 years with McKinsey & Company in both Germany and the Middle East. 

Robert MacLeod, chief executive of Johnson Matthey said: “Christian brings a strong background in science and a successful track record in the development and leadership of large, global technology businesses to JM as we commercialise eLNO and execute our strategy for breakout growth in battery materials.”

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