Engie E&P boss joins DEA as new CEO

DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, an oil and gas company owned by LetterOne, has named Maria Moræus Hanssen as its new CEO and chairman of the management board.

The appointment is expected to take effect in January 2018. Maria Moræus Hanssen is succeeding Thomas Rappuhn, who is handing over after 30 years at the company, including 12 years on the executive board and eight years as CEO, DEA said on Tuesday.

According to DEA, Maria Moræus Hanssen is currently chief executive officer of the French utility group Engie’s exploration and production business, managing production of more than 160,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, across 12 countries with 1,700 employees.

Over the past two years, Maria Moræus Hanssen has led a strategic transformation at Engie’s E&P business, restructuring the portfolio and improving returns and profitability through the pursuit of cultural change, application of new technology, cost reductions and M&A activity.

Maria Moræus Hanssen’s oil and gas industry experience includes roles at Hydro, Statoil and Aker ASA. She trained as a reservoir engineer and petroleum economist, and spent the first fifteen years of her career with Hydro across a broad range of roles including reservoir engineering, exploration management, field development, offshore operations and business development.

Shortly after Statoil bought Hydro’s oil and gas activity, Maria Moræus Hanssen left to join Kjell Inge Røkke’s Aker Group. After building elements of what later became Aker BP ASA, Maria Moræus Hanssen returned to a more operational role in 2014, heading up GDF SUEZ’s Norwegian business. In 2015, she was promoted to run GDF SUEZ’s entire international E&P business. GDF SUEZ changed its name to Engie in the same year.

Commenting on Maria Moræus Hanssen’s appointment, Lord Browne, Chairman of DEA’s Supervisory Board and Executive Chairman of L1 Energy, said: “We are delighted that Maria has chosen to join DEA. She is ideally suited to lead DEA in the next phase of its development and growth. Our ambition is to build a safe, sustainably growing energy company, which is recognized as a partner of choice. Maria brings a commercial mind-set, financial and strategic insight along with an impressive technical background. She has a proven track record of leading and transforming organisations.

“I would like to thank Thomas Rappuhn for his many years of service at DEA. He has successfully managed the company’s transition to becoming an E&P company under new ownership, and has laid solid foundations for the future.”

Thomas Rappuhn said: “I am very thankful for the good times and the support I always received from all colleagues at DEA. DEA has developed a very solid portfolio, professional skills and a corporate culture with associated values, which represent a good foundation for a bright future.”

Maria Moræus Hanssen, commenting on her appointment as chief executive, said: “I am very proud to take over from Thomas Rappuhn, who leaves a tremendous legacy, and look forward to working with my new colleagues in DEA to develop the company to its full potential. DEA is well positioned for both organic and inorganic growth, and to benefit from the change we see happening in the E&P sector.”

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