Change in Leadership Mario Mehren New Head of BASF's Oil & Gas Division

Editor: Manja Wühr

At the middle of the year BASF will change the management of its Oil & Gas division. For this reason Mario Mehren will also head the BASF subsidiary Wintershall.

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Mario Mehren will be the head of BASF subsidiary Wintershall.
Mario Mehren will be the head of BASF subsidiary Wintershall.
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Ludwigshafen/Germany – Mario Mehren, currently a member of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall responsible for Exploration & Production Russia, North Africa and South America, has been named President of BASF’s Oil & Gas division effective July 1, 2015, and in this function will be head of BASF’s subsidiary Wintershall. He succeeds Dr. Rainer Seele, who has been named CEO of OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna, Austria, effective July 1, 2015. Seele has been head of Wintershall since 2009.

The business graduate Mario Mehren has been a member of the Board of Executive Directors since October 2011. He is responsible for the activities in Exploration & Production Russia, North Africa and South America. The Koblenz-born Mehren joined Wintershall in 2006 as Vice President Finance & Information Management in the former "Finance & Russia" Board Department headed by Dr. Ties Tiessen. Mehren is a member of the Supervisory Boards of Russian joint ventures of Wintershall and was involved in the recent expansion of cooperation with Gazprom.

Successor of Dr. Rainer Seele

Mehren succeeds Dr. Rainer Seele, who has been named CEO of OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna, Austria, effective July 1, 2015. Seele has been head of Wintershall since 2009.

“Over the past years, Rainer Seele has contributed significantly to expanding and further strengthening the position of Wintershall as the largest internationally operating German oil and gas company. We wish him much success in his new position,” said Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF.

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