OMV Names New CEO to Lead Transformation

June 2, 2021

Alfred Stern / 	© OMV Aktiengesellschaft
Alfred Stern / © OMV Aktiengesellschaft

Austrian oil and gas company OMV has appointed Alfred Stern (56) as the new Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV. 

He will assume the position with effect from September 1, 2021, for a three-year period with an extension option for a further two years subject to mutual consent.

Stern is currently an OMV Executive Board member for Chemicals & Materials. The current Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV Rainer Seele will resign from his position in the  Executive Board by mutual agreement on August 31, 2021.

Mark Garrett, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of OMV: “OMV stands on the cusp of a major transformation in the direction of chemicals and a circular economy. A transformation in which a large portfolio will need to be managed across a far-reaching value chain – from the wellhead to the refinery and filling station to high-end chemicals & materials and recycling. I am happy that, in this decisive phase for the company,  we have managed to bring on board Alfred Stern as CEO. 

"His specialist expertise, as well as his international management and CEO experience in the chemical industry, make him the ideal candidate to lead this transformation. In recent years, Alfred Stern and his team have not only secured an excellent market position for the Borealis polyolefin business but also overseen the company’s evolution towards a circular economy”.

Garrett continued: “Here I would like to thank every member of the  Supervisory Board for the constructive talks over the past weeks and the professional nomination process. My special thanks must go to Rainer  Seele for his achievements in reshaping the company. Together with his  Executive Board team, he has decisively realigned the OMV portfolio while significantly increasing profitability and thereby laying the best foundations for the transformation currently underway. The Borealis acquisition also meant that he took the first major, trailblazing step in this transformation process.

CEO-elect Alfred Stern on his appointment: “The OMV Group with all of its members is a corporation with huge potential, far-ranging knowhow, and first-class employees. Therefore, the ideal foundations are in place for the upcoming transformation process. The energy transition will lead to changes in the backdrop of the various markets and sectors, but they will be different and come at different speeds. We will actively drive the decarbonization of our business, and we will be proactive in utilizing the respective changes across the entire product portfolio including circular economy in order to successfully continue our profitable and sustainable growth”.




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