Dr. Gerhard König to be new Management Spokesman

Rüdiger Mackenthun responsible for Sales

Kassel. The long-distance gas distributor, WINGAS, will make major management changes: Dr. Gerhard König has been appointed as the new Management Spokesman, and will succeed Dr. Rainer Seele on 1 October 2009. Dr. Seele has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall Holding AG  WINGAS GmbH & Co KG is a joint venture company of the 100-percent BASF subsidiary, Wintershall, and the world's largest natural gas producer, OAO Gazprom. Dr. König has been appointed to the Wintershall Holding AG Board of Executive Directors as responsible for the Natural Gas Ressort.

Rüdiger Mackenthun will also take over as Head of Sales in Germany and Europe on 1 October 2009. Alongside Dr. Gerhard König as new Management Spokesman and Rüdiger Mackenthun, Head of Sales, the company's management also includes Artour Chakhdinarov, Head of the Procurement and Storage divisions, and Gennady Ryndin, Head of the Finances Ressort.

Dr. Gerhard König was born in Stuttgart in 1966. He studied Business Administration and Economics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Wayne State University, Michigan, USA, following which he held a number of positions at Contigas from 1991 to 2001. Before he left the company he was Head of Energy Procurement and Sales. The business admin expert then went on to work for Thüga AG in Munich and was responsible for the company's activities in Italy. In October 2002 he changed to WINGAS in Kassel, where he took over as Head of Sales in Germany and Europe.

Rüdiger Mackenthun comes to WINGAS from BASF SE, where the 45-year-old business graduate was Head of Global Performance Chemicals for the Automotive and Oil Industry business unit. Mr. Mackenthun joined BASF in 1992, and among other positions he has been Commercial Manager of Targor GmbH and Head of BASF Argentina and BASF subregion South America-South.

WINGAS GmbH& Co. KG is a European energy company and has natural gas trading and sales activities in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Denmark. Its customers include municipal utilities, regional gas suppliers, industrial firms and power plants. Since 1990 WINGAS has invested more than 3 billion euros in the development of its own natural gas transport and storage infrastructure. The WINGAS TRANSPORT pipeline network, which is over 2,000 kilometers long, connects the major gas reserves in Siberia and the natural gas fields in the North Sea to the growing markets in Western Europe. In Rehden in North Germany, WINGAS has the largest natural gas storage facility in Western Europe - with a working gas volume of over four billion cubic meters - and it is also a partner in the second-largest storage facility in Central Europe situated in Haidach in Austria. Furthermore, additional natural gas storage facilities are currently being built in Great Britain and Germany in order to secure the supply of natural gas in Europe.

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