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OMV appoints Alfred Stern as new CEO

  • New OMV Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO with effect from September 1, 2021 
  • Appointed for 3 years with an extension option for a further 2 years

In its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of OMV Aktiengesellschaft appointed Alfred Stern (56) as the new Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV. Alfred Stern has accepted the appointment. He will assume the position with effect from September 1, 2021 for a three-year period with an extension option for further two years subject to mutual consent. Alfred Stern is currently OMV Executive Board member for Chemicals & Materials. The current Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV Rainer Seele will resign from his position in the Executive Board by mutual agreement on August 31, 2021.

Mark Garrett, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of OMV: “OMV stands on the cusp of a major transformation in the direction of chemicals and a circular economy. A transformation in which a large portfolio will need to be managed across a far-reaching value chain – from the wellhead to the refinery and filling station to high-end chemicals & materials and recycling. I am happy that, in this decisive phase for the company, we have managed to bring on board Alfred Stern as CEO. His specialist expertise as well as his international management and CEO experience in the chemical industry make him the ideal candidate to lead this transformation. In recent years, Alfred Stern and his team have not only secured an excellent market position for the Borealis polyolefin business, but also overseen the company’s evolution towards a circular economy”. 

Mark Garrett continued: “Here I would like to thank every member of the Supervisory Board for the constructive talks over the past weeks and the professional nomination process.
My special thanks must go to Rainer Seele for his achievements in reshaping the company. Together with his Executive Board team, he has decisively realigned the OMV portfolio while significantly increasing profitability and thereby laying the best foundations for the transformation currently underway. The Borealis acquisition also meant that he took the first major, trailblazing step in this transformation process.

CEO-elect Alfred Stern on his appointment: “The OMV Group with all of its members is a corporation with huge potential, far-ranging knowhow and first-class employees. Therefore, the ideal foundations are in place for the upcoming transformation process. The energy transition will lead to changes in the backdrop of the various markets and sectors, but they will be different and come at different speeds. We will actively drive the decarbonization of our business, and we will be proactive in utilizing the respective changes across the entire product portfolio including circular economy in order to successfully continue our profitable and sustainable growth”. 

Alfred Stern CV
Alfred Stern was born in Styria (Austria) in 1965, he is married and father of two children. 

Since 2021: OMV, Executive Board member for Chemicals & Materials
2018 - 2021: Chief Executive Officer Borealis AG
2012 – 2018: Borealis, Executive Vice President Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology 
2008 – 2012:  Borealis, Senior Vice President Innovation & Technology
1996 – 2008: E.I. DuPont de Nemours International, several leadership positions in Switzerland, Germany and the United States.
1995 University of Leoben, Polymer Engineering (PhD)
1990 University of Leoben, Material Science (Master)