David Strong, Solutions-Oriented Managing Director with Extensive Investment Management Background / Expert Communicator & Relationship-Builder / Highly Skilled in Market Research, Financial Analysis & Corporate Development Strategies:
"Stephen Harrison is far and away the most knowledgeable, strategic thinker I have ever come across in decarbonization. His global understanding of the issues and solutions is matched only by his ability to communicate in a crystal clear manner. Those who can explain the complex, are those who truly understand the complex, and Stephen is the epitome of a domain expert."
Paul Atherley, Chairman:
"Many thanks to Stephen for his enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable presentation of Hydrogen as a complex, rapidly emerging and extremely important energy source. Highly Recommended!"
Thomas Heinrich, Managing Consultant at Next:
"Stephen and I have been working together on a number of hydrogen projects. It has been a joy to exchange ideas with Stephen, given his excellent technical and market knowledge and collaborative approach."
Daniel Saxton, Senior Analyst at Next Energy and Chemicals Advisory:
"Stephen was engaging and extremely knowledgeable as one of the lead instructors of NexantECA's Hydrogen course."
Joseph Yu, President and CEO at SN Aboitiz Power:
"Stephen is a very sharp business leader who is able to develop a comprehensive strategy and break them down into coherent programs and initiatives. He is a relentless manager who guides his team in delivering stretch objectives and preparing for future expansions."
Kostas Rallis, Linde Gas, Germany:
"Stephen has exemplary strategic vision, great team player, fair and objective. Hard working, dedicated, passionate and with great networking skills. It was a pleasure working with him for 6 - 7 years."
Jens Waldeck, Head of Region Europe Central by the Linde Group:
"Stephen is a very experienced and succesful manager in the area of Specialty Gases but not only limited to that. Strategy, Business Acumen, Visible Leadership and People Development are strong Learship Competences to mention."
John Black, Head of Manufacturing Industries at BOC UK & Ireland:
"Stephen is a highly intelligent global business manager, who uses his excellent business and market understanding in a highly effective manner to drive the business forward in a positive manner. Stephen has strong marketing communications expertise and focus, which he has used very effectively in positioning Linde's HiQ specialty gases and equipment brand. Finally Stephen is very capable and comfortiable, providing expertise and advice for colleagues across the group."
Shivan Ahamparam, Segment Leader – Electrical & Electronic Products at BASF:
"I have worked with Stephen for a few years and I am impressed with his people skills and business acumen. He understands the needs of the market and customers very well."
Benjamin Schaller, Project manager and product manager chez PanGas AG – The Linde Group:
"It is always a pleasure to meet Stephen personnaly or in telco. Stephen and his team are helping us to get information from markets; they analyze and give us the global trends. He helps us in introducing new products targeting these trends. His global view and detailed information is welcome. His "human qualities" also. Many thanks!"
Susan Brownlow, Freelance PR professional and writer for energy, industrials, science & technology:
"I have worked with Steve Harrison in his capacity as Global Head of Specialty Gases & Specialty Equipment at Linde since early 2009. In my own capacity as an experienced, industry-based, independent PR consultant working for Linde Gases, I can state with real conviction that Steve is undoubtedly not only one of the most adept and intelligent sources for media stories that I have had the pleasure to interact with, but also one of the most enlightened."
Werner Schneider, Global product manager rare gases, The Linde Group:
"Steve has great experience in specialty gases business, his knowledge of markets and applications is outstanding.
I know him as a person who is very focused and has clear visions. His international background and intercultural experience helps him to be very successful in his role."
Martin Schlögl, Country Manager CZ&SK at Hach / Danaher Corporation:
"Steve is a respected professional fully committed to his job. His knowledge in area of Specialty Gases & Equipment is enormous and well balanced with his business acumen. He naturally motivates people around him to contribute and get things done. Steve is a brilliant presenter, with great talent to catch the audience. It is very inspiring to work with him and I am looking forward to other projects and cooperation with Steve."
Program & Project Managent
Sandeep Sen, Group CIO at The Linde Group:
"Stephen is very strategically focused and customer oriented and enjoys a high level of credibility within the organisation. Stephen has also a great reputation on delivery of projects."
Marina Hong, VP Human Resources at Becton Dickinson:
"Steve is a very good mentor and manager to his team. He works in a multi faceted role which requires expertise in project management and product knowledge."
Kathy Hocker, Executive Leader / P&L/ Cultural Transformation / Customer Experience / Digital Services / International / General Manager
"Stephen is an excellent business and people leader. He consistently won support from global peers and stakeholders to own and implement programs. He is extremely passionate about customers and focuses on resourcing the right areas to drive growth through customer engagement and market innovation. He has a great blend of technical, marketing and leadership expertise which I highly valued, and was an asset to our team."
Acquisitions and divestments
Kyle Jackson, MBA, Private Equity at Third Bridge Group Limited:
"I've worked with Stephen on several commercial, strategic and operational due diligence projects on industrial gases. In addition to this, we have hosted him via thought-leadership Expert Interviews with a very large number of eager bulge bracket funds joining in to listen to his perspectives. I deal with executives at fortune 500s on a daily basis and Stephen is definitly one of the most intelligent and well spoken experts I've ever dealt with. What impressed me most was not only his deep reservoir of industry knowledge but his ability to convey this information in such a succint manner."
Alan Watkins, EGM industrial specialists at Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety:
"Stephen is both fiercely intelligent and passionate about his work. He played an important leadership role in the Linde-BOC merger through his technical ability and willingness to embrace the major changes personally."
Nigel Lewis, Charity Director and Trustee
"Stephen played a key role in preparing for a possible divestment of part of BOC's business in the UK and reorganisation of the remaining activity. He demonstrated initiative in addressing key areas such as IT, communicated well across all team members and responded rapidly to all anti-trust and M&A information requests. It was great to work with Stephen during such a challenging time for the business."
Robinson Leiva, CEO at Cymsa:
"It was a pleasure working with Steve. Very smart, respectful, open minded and with very good technical, personal and leadership skills."
Paul Martin, Senior Partner:
"My time with Stephen was some of the best in my career. Brings enjoyment to the job, is always encouraging outside of the box thinking, and together we got a lot accomplished."
Steve Hacking, Head of Commercial and Sales Excellence at Linde Gases:
"Stephen is a highly driven manager who delivers results by effectively working through people. He has a great personality, and is always willing to listen to others perspectives and ideas."
Paul Mason, Business Development Director at Crambeth Allen Publishing:
"When we were setting up DigitalRefining a few years back, we approached Steve as a digital marketing pioneer to sponsor the web platform. For a successful launch, we needed leading brands, great technical content and reliable sponsors, and Steve saw the website as a value-for-money opportunity to reach his customers and markets. As time went on, his team contributed technical papers and brochure downloads in addition to flat advertising, and the rich stream of lead generation grew. All in all it was a highly successfully collaboration."
Sian Whiteley, Online Marketing Manager at BOC UK & Ireland:
"I worked with Steve on a number of digital projects relating to the Global HiQ brand. Steve is a passionate and engaging leader who knows his audience and looks to embrace digital to reach them in new ways. Never afraid to challenge conventional marketing activities, Steve always pushed for ‘digital first’ and empowered me to use my expertise to execute a number of projects."
Ralf Martin Krebs Eberth, Verantwortlicher E-Commerce / B2B:
"I worked in Stephen´s team as an external contractor. We planned and implemented several internet based e-commerce / b2b applications to enhance the business development of Linde HiQ. These applications included online surveys for customers and online tools to help customers, who were interested in products, find suggestion for their need with product configuration tools."
Ruth Leland, Sales and Marketing Manager Europe, Refining and Chemicals at Johnson Matthey:
"I worked for Stephen on a global step out project for BOC Scientific. I learned a great deal from him during this time - he allowed me to develop and input my own ideas, as we well as providing me with great support and coaching. He was keen for me to develop and present my ideas to the sponsoring board and really helped me to improve my business development skills."
Dominik Michel, Founder and Project Manager for Startup/Spinoff at Linde AG:
"I had the pleasure to have Stephen both as my direct manager and as a mentor. Steve knew how to get the best out of me and motivate me at the same time. His structured working style helped me understand how to manage multiple projects at the same time without losing track. In his role as a mentor Stephen supported me in the possibly best way I could have imagined and was of great help whenever I needed direction or a second view on something. I would definitely work for Stephen again."
Wendy Sadler-Moyes, Business Manager with Strategic Marketing and Sales, Profit and Loss, and Business Transformation Experience:
"Stephen is a highly intelligent individual whose willingness to share his depth of knowledge and wealth of experience assisted me greatly in coming up to speed quickly in my new role as Market Manager Specialty Gases (Australia). He worked tirelessly with me showing me how to utilize key market drivers in conjunction with industry growth figures to forecast the capacity requirements of a new multi-million dollar Specialty Gases plant. He was a great mentor, always so supportive and an absolute pleasure to work with as part of his Global Specialty Gases and Equipment team. I wish him every success."
Magnus Karlson, Head of Hospital Sales:
"Stephen is extremely competent in the area of speciality gases and their applications, however, what I immediately think when I hear his name is "passion", few people are so engaged and committed as Stephen!"
Mike Pooley, President CHEP Europe:
"I have known Stephen for over 20 years. He is a highly professional, articulate and intelligent person with strong senior managerial skills. He has a great ability to engage colleagues, customers and his team."
Kevin Lee, Head of Regional Marketing, East Asia:
"Stephen has excellent strategic insight and adopts a thorough but pragmatic approach. I found Stephen to be very personable and his collaborative style was highly effective in driving innovative growth initiatives."
Making it happen
Sami Ahonen, Looking for new challenges in Sales/Management/Strategy/Digitalisation/Change/B2B:
"Stephen has a really high energy level and one can count on him finishing all the tasks he promises. A true professional who knows what he speaks about, convinces others to join his agenda and can really make things happen.
Andrew Harvey, Head of Healthcare, EMEA at Linde:
"Stephen is perhaps the most intelligent person I know. His quality of work is outstanding.
Ann Hallsor, Former Global Business Data Manager, Business Solutions at The Linde Group:
"Steve just makes things happen! Totally professional and results driven."
Program & Project Managent