Since 1st July 2015, Dr. Rainer Seele has been the new Board Chairman and Managing Director of the incorporated company OMV. As reported by the supervisory board of OMV AG, Seele was given a three-year contract with the option of extension for another two years. Seele, who is married and the father of three grown-up children, is following in the footsteps of Gerhard Roiss, who – as reported by the Austrian gas and oil company – left the company on 30th June 2015 on the basis of mutual agreement.
Rainer Seele is a graduate of chemistry, and, as Chairman of the Board, has been the Managing Director of the Kassel-based company Wintershall Holding GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of BASF, since 2009, where he previously sat on the board as Director for Gas Trading from 2002 onwards. Rudolf Kemler, Chairman of the OMV supervisory board, explained: “In terms of his professional profile, Rainer Seele is the ideal candidate, as he offers an exacting expertise-based profile and many years of international management experience. […] In terms of today’s exceptionally tough business environment, being able to keep the company on a stable path is now our most important goal.”