Paul van Gelder appointed successor to Marcel Kramer as CEO of Gasunie

Groningen, the Netherlands | press release

Paul van Gelder has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie as of 1 September 2010. He is the successor to Marcel Kramer, whose contract terminates at the end of August, when Kramer will have turned 60. Paul van Gelder is currently Managing Director of TAQA Europa B.V. and TAQA Energy B.V. The companies are subsidiaries of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA).

Under Kramer’s leadership, Gasunie developed into one of the largest gas transporters in Europe, offering cross-border services to a growing number of national and international customers. Major projects are currently under construction, such as the expansion of the Dutch gas grid, the Gate LNG terminal and the Zuidwending gas storage project. In this position, Gasunie continues to make an important contribution to security of supply and to the expansion of the pivotal function of the Netherlands in European gas transport.

Paul van Gelder is currently responsible for TAQA's European operations. In the Netherlands TAQA is involved in the exploration, production and transportation of oil and natural gas. TAQA Energy also operates the Alkmaar Peak Gas Installation and is currently working with partners on the construction of a new gas storage facility near Alkmaar (Bergermeer Gas Storage). Paul van Gelder is Chairman of the Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association (NOGEPA). He was working as a manager for BP Nederland Energie when it was acquired by TAQA in 2006. Before his career with BP he worked as Director Logistics for Driessen Aerospace Systems in the Netherlands and in the Czech Republic. This followed a career in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Royal Netherlands Navy where he rose to Commanding Officer after having fulfilled several operational positions both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Paul van Gelder (1969) is a graduate of the Royal Netherlands Naval Academy and has a Masters degree from the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. He is a Dutch national, is married and has three children.

Van Gelder's appointment is on the recommendation of the Supervisory Board of Gasunie and has been approved by the Minister of Finance.

Paul van Gelder

Company profile Gasunie
Gasunie is a European gas infrastructure company. Its network ranks among the largest high pressure gas pipeline grids in Europe, consisting of over 15,000 kilometres of pipeline in the Netherlands and northern Germany. Gasunie serves the public interest in the markets in which it is active and works to create value for its stakeholders. Gasunie is the first independent gas transport provider with a cross-border network in Europe.
Gasunie offers transport services via its subsidiaries Gas Transport Services B.V. (GTS) in the Netherlands and Gasunie Deutschland GmbH in Germany. Gasunie also offers other gas infrastructure services, including gas storage and LNG. Gasunie considers the wishes of her customers to be of prime importance. Gasunie aims for the highest standards in safety, reliability, efficiency and sustainability. Because of its geographical location the Gasunie transport network plays a key role in the North-West European gas roundabout.

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