OMV Aktiengesellschaft has appointed Rainer Seele as the new chairman of the executive board and CEO of OMV. Seele will assume the role, effective July 1, for a three-year period, with an extension option for OMV for a further two years. Gerhard Roiss, the current chairman of the executive board and CEO, will resign from his position on June 30.
Seele has long-term experience in the international oil and gas industry, and has been at the helm of Wintershall Holding GmbH in Kassel, Germany, since 2009. After his studies at the University of Göttingen, where Seele obtained a doctorate in chemistry, he joined BASF in Ludwigshafen, initially to conduct chemical research.
After working in a number of different functions between 1987 and 1994, Seele was appointed as the head of research planning and control at BASF’s main laboratory in 1994. In 1996, he became head of strategic planning at Wintershall in Kassel, and, in 2000, he transferred to its subsidiary WINGAS, where he became managing director with responsibility for sales. As chairman of WINGAS from 2002, he was responsible for alerting the public to the significance of cooperation with Russia for Europe’s gas supplies. In 2002, Seele was also appointed to the Wintershall board of executive directors with responsibility for natural gas trading. He became chairman of the Wintershall board in 2009.