Fuel Industry people moves May 2024

Read about the movers and shakers in the fuel distribution sector this month.

Mabanaft welcomes Caroline Watkins as Managing Director, UK branch

Mabanaft’s operating business in the UK has appointed a new Managing Director and Head of UK, Caroline Watkins.

Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, the Mabanaft group is a leading independent and integrated energy company, providing its customers with innovative energy solutions for their transportation, heating, industrial and agricultural needs.

Caroline joins the team as an accomplished, senior oil industry leader. With her extensive experience of over three decades in the oil and shipping markets, she brings valuable expertise and a fresh dynamic to the team.

Prior to joining Mabanaft, Caroline was the Director of International Crude Trading for Suncor, where she worked for 12 years, leading their Supply and Trading business in the UK and working closely with teams in North America and elsewhere. Before that, she gained a wealth of experience during her time at Chevron and Shell, undertaking various roles before settling into Crude Oil Trading.

As Managing Director of the UK branch, Caroline will collaborate globally with colleagues, suppliers, and customers. In her new role, Caroline will play an important role in Mabanaft’s sustainable and renewable energy initiatives in the UK, helping to steer Mabanaft and its UK branch towards a greener and more sustainable future.

Caroline comments:

‘I am delighted to join the Mabanaft UK team. After many years operating upstream of the refinery gate, I am excited to join the downstream community. I am eager to meet our customers and seek ways to collaborate with our industry partners and suppliers. I hope to propel Mabanaft UK towards meeting our sustainability objectives and championing renewables as the future of energy, aiming for a greener future here in the UK.’

James Hunt has been appointed CEO at New Era

James says: “I am pleased to announce that, after 26 years of dedicated service at New Era, I am honoured to be appointed CEO. It is a privilege to lead this fantastic company as we continue our journey to be the UK’s leading sustainable fuel distributor.”

Tria Energy

Ged Kennedy has taken a new position as UK & Ireland Sales Director for HVO experts Tria Energy.

Certas Energy

Ross Ballantyne has started a new role as Business Development Manager at Certas Energy.

EET Retail, the retail division of EET Fuels, has appointed Narayan Bhatra as Chief Executive Officer

Narayan was previously Chief Retail Officer at Nayara Energy, India’s second largest oil and gas company and that country’s fastest growing private fuel station network. He has over three decades of experience in the energy sector including management roles with Essar and Reliance Industries across India and Africa.

WCF Chandlers

Richard Ellis has started a new position as Transport & Operations Manager at WCF Chandlers.

The Tank Storage Association (TSA) has appointed Nunzia Florio as Communications Director.

Nunzia brings to the role a wealth of experience in communications, media and external affairs and has led the association’s communications functions since 2019 as Communications Specialist.

Peter Davidson, Executive Director of the Tank Storage Association, said: “Nunzia’s expertise will be invaluable in supporting

us to further develop our communications vision for the future, deliver the exciting new initiatives we are setting out for the months and years ahead, continue to build on our relationship with influential external stakeholders, and champion the value and benefits of a thriving, resilient bulk storage and energy infrastructure sector in the UK.”

Nunzia commented: “I am delighted to join the TSA in this capacity and privileged to have the opportunity to champion our sector and the key contribution it makes to complex supply chains, growth, mobility and resilience. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our members to share our industry’s ambitions for the future.”

New CEO for Argent Energy

After over five years at the helm of Argent Energy, Erik Rietkerk has handed over the controls to Louise Calviou who will move from her current role as COO to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Kamal Hamdan joins Alpeco

Kamal has joined the Alpeco team as Technical Sales Manager and will assist customers with the broad range of Alpeco products and solutions. 

Greenarc appointment

Simon Turner has joined Greenarc as Tank Services Manager

Otodata has announced the appointment of Jeremy Eaton as Chief Executive Officer.

Jeremy will work closely with Andre Boulay, President, and the team, to lead Otodata into its next chapter of growth.

“We are delighted to welcome Jeremy as our new Chief Executive Officer,” commented Andre Boulay. “He is a dynamic, values-driven business leader who brings with him decades of strategic and operational expertise building and leading IoT businesses.

“His experience from Honeywell and McKinsey will greatly expand the depth of Otodata’s senior leadership team as we set the strategic vision for Otodata going forward.”

“I am thrilled and honoured to have been appointed Otodata’s CEO,” Jeremy Eaton shared. “It is a business with an amazing team and track record, is a clear leader in remote tank monitoring, and continually innovates to create value for its customers.

“I look forward to working with Andre and the entire Otodata team moving forward.”

IMI has appointed technical hydrogen expert Dr Cornelia Neumann as its new Sales and Business Development Manager.

She will be responsible for growing the company’s portfolio of hydrogen customers across Germany, in key sectors such as transport, power and industry.

Dr Neumann joins IMI to support its ongoing energy transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.

Her appointment follows the company’s expansion into the green hydrogen market with development of the IMI VIVO PEM electrolyser.

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