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New Executive Board member for Refining & Petrochemical Operations appointed

  • Manfred Leitner does not aim for another term and resigns as Executive Board member for Downstream
  • Organizational changes in Downstream: split into Refining & Petrochemical Operations and Marketing & Trading
  • Thomas Gangl appointed as Executive Board member for Refining & Petrochemical Operations


Manfred Leitner, the Executive Board member responsible for Downstream, announced that for personal reasons he will not be available for a further term as member of the Executive Board.

In parallel, the OMV Supervisory Board has decided on a new organizational structure for OMV Group foreseeing a split of the Downstream business. In future, Downstream will be divided into Refining & Petrochemical Operations and Marketing & Trading, thereby focusing on expansion and optimization of assets and maximizing the company's market presence. This positions OMV’s organization consistently along the value chain and ensures its preparedness for tackling strategic challenges in the future.

The Supervisory Board of OMV Aktiengesellschaft today unanimously appointed Thomas Gangl (47) as Executive Board member for Refining & Petrochemical Operations. This appointment will take effect on July 1, 2019. A resolution passed at the same time calls for Rainer Seele, OMV Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer, to take over management of the Marketing & Trading division on an interim basis until a permanent appointment has been made for this newly established Executive Board position. Manfred Leitner will resign as Executive Board member on June 30, 2019.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Wolfgang Berndt: "Manfred Leitner has been at OMV for 34 years and on the Executive Board since 2011. I would like to thank Manfred Leitner for his outstanding performance and the contribution he has made to OMV's success. Under his leadership, OMV Downstream has developed into a role model for the industry. By appointing Thomas Gangl, we are placing the responsibility for our refining and petrochemical operations in the hands of a manager with decades of leadership experience in this field. His expertise in technology and innovation will drive OMV's growth going forward." 

Thomas Gangl (47) can look back on two decades of professional experience at OMV. Born in Upper Austria in 1971, he is married and has one son.

CV Thomas Gangl
Since 2014:  Senior Vice President Business Unit Refining & Petrochemicals – responsible for all three OMV refineries
2014 – 2016: Schwechat Refinery Manager
2013 – 2014:  Senior Vice President Asset Development
2011 – 2012: General Manager OMV Deutschland GmbH and Burghausen Refinery Manager
2007 – 2010:  Head of Operations – Center of Excellence
2006 – 2007:  Lobau Tank Farm Manager
2003 – 2006:  Head of HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality) – Schwechat Refinery
1998 – 2002:  Process Engineer – Schwechat Refinery
1998:  Vienna University of Technology: Chemical and Process Engineering 
1997: University of Salford (Manchester): Mechanical Engineering

Background information:

OMV Aktiengesellschaft
OMV produces and markets oil and gas, innovative energy and high-end petrochemical solutions – in a responsible way. With Group sales of EUR 23 bn and a workforce of more than 20,000 employees in 2018, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. In Upstream, OMV has a strong base in Romania and Austria as part of the Central and Eastern Europe core region as well as a balanced international portfolio, with Russia, North Sea, Middle East and Africa as well as Asia-Pacific as further core regions. 2018 daily production stood at approximately 427,000 boe/d. In Downstream, OMV operates three refineries with a total annual processing capacity of 17.8 mn tons and more than 2,000 filling stations in ten countries. OMV runs gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany; its subsidiary Gas Connect Austria GmbH operates a gas pipeline network in Austria. In 2018, gas sales volumes amounted to around 114 TWh. Sustainability is an integral part of the corporate strategy. OMV is set to invest EUR 500 mn in innovative energy solutions by 2025.