SEFE Securing Energy for Europe has new leadership team

Germany’s Securing Energy for Europe (SEFE), former Gazprom Germania GmbH, has appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Chief Sales Officer (CSO) to fill key positions in its new leadership model.

llustration; Courtesy of SEFE Group

SEFE said that the new appointments are the result of the company’s fundamental transformation and an essential step towards the further integration of the company.

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Namely, the CEO role was taken by Egbert Laege who was appointed Managing Director of SEFE by the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) – acting as fiduciary – in June 2022. Egbert Laege spent 25 years in energy and commodity trading across various senior and executive management positions in power and gas trading, asset optimization, strategy, and commodity exchange business.

Frédéric Barnaud was appointed as CCO and Matthias Peter as CSO of the SEFE Group. Frédéric Barnaud has more than 25 years of experience in the gas and oil sector and served as group CEO and CCO for various large global energy players. He joined SEFE Marketing & Trading (SM&T) in 2022. He is responsible for Trading & Portfolio Management and will further foster SEFE’s global sourcing in his new role.

Matthias Peter has been working as Head of Sales for WINGAS, SEFE’s German sales company, for more than five years and will centrally manage SEFE’s European sales activities.

“The nomination of Frédéric Barnaud and Matthias Peter brings relevant skills to the table required for the long-term success of the business. I look forward to working together with this excellent team on leading SEFE towards the future”, said Egbert Laege, CEO of SEFE.

According to the company, Laege will jointly with Frédéric Barnaud and Matthias Peter as members of the SEFE Management Council be responsible for fulfilling the strategic vision of securing gas supply in Germany and Europe and driving the green energy transition.

Furthermore, SEFE informed that the Management Council is to be supplemented by the additional positions of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Information Office.