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September 04, 2019

Change in Management at Mabanaft Deutschland

Effective August 31, 2019, Nikolaus Gehrs has stepped down from his position as Managing Director of Mabanaft Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG as planned. Nikolaus Gehrs has worked for the trading company for around 33 years and will retire at the end of September 2019.

Mabanaft Deutschland was most recently headed by Christoph Schäfer and Nikolaus Gehrs. Christoph Schäfer, who has been responsible for the operational trading division since October 2014, will thus become the sole Managing Director of Mabanaft Deutschland.

Florian Hausen (Head of Finance) will take over the commercial responsibilities. In May 2019, he already succeeded Nikolaus Gehrs as Chairman of the AFM+E Aussenhandelsverband für Mineralöl und Energie e.V. (foreign trade association for mineral oil and energy).

Nikolaus Gehrs joined Mabanaft in 1986, where he held various management positions over the following years. From 2004 until his leaving he held the position of Managing Director of Mabanaft Deutschland for 15 years. From the beginning of 2015 until summer 2019 he chaired AFM+E and was also a member of the board of MEW Mittelständische Energiewirtschaft Deutschland e.V. (medium-sized energy industry in Germany). For many years he was also a member of the board of IWO Institut für Wärme und Oeltechnik e.V. (institute for heat and oil technology).

"Nikolaus Gehrs is one of our most deserving managing directors, who headed the trading business in Germany with a lot of passion and great personal commitment. He has played a decisive role in the many years he has worked for Mabanaft Deutschland.  In addition, he has been involved in the association's work to promote the interests of independent mineral oil traders and importers and is widely known and recognized in the industry. We thank him for his many years of commitment and wish him all the best for the future," said Maxim Weisser, member of the Supervisory Board of Marquard & Bahls AG. 

Mabanaft Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG belongs to Mabanaft Group, the international trading division of Marquard & Bahls, Hamburg. The company is the leading independent importer and wholesaler of petroleum products in Germany and also trades with biofuels.

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