Christian is a professional energy executive and entrepreneur. During a 35 year career spent in the oil and gas industry, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to instigate original solutions to business challenges, bringing about significant improvement to the profit line. Key to these successes is the strong belief Christian holds firstly in promoting staff awareness and adherence to a company’s corporate strategy, and empowering management to deliver on common objectives. Secondly, he insists on fluid communication with external financial and commercial partners, as well as transparency and consultation with government and regulators. An expert in the energy sector, he has managed many complex multi-million projects which have often involved innovative products, methods, and business practices, and the implementation of ground breaking partnerships.
Having obtained a general engineering degree from the prestigious Ecole des Mines (France) and an advanced degree in chemical engineering from the French Institute of Petroleum, Christian began his career as a refinery engineer in Elf Aquitaine, a major oil company and worked his way up through technical, HR, commercial and trading assignments, culminating in his appointment to the position of Managing Director of Elf Oil UK. During his tenure as MD, he was co-opted by the major UK oil companies to act as chairman of UKPIA (UK Petroleum Industry Association), which he did between 1998 - 2000.
Christian went on to hold a succession of top executive and CEO positions in smaller, entrepreneurial companies, both quoted and non-quoted. Christian acquired considerable experience of corporate transactions (acquisitions/sales, joint ventures, mergers), and of dealing with private equity groups, investment banks and private and public shareholders.
Christian brings a wealth of expertise in strategic and transformational leadership, and broad experience and knowledge of working effectively in many diverse cultures and political environments at professional and government levels. The strategic view he adopts encompasses long-term economic, human, political and geopolitical aspects of a project, together with its technical and commercial aspects. He will often propose non-conventional solutions whilst taking into account the practicalities of their implementation.
Christian is a Fellow of the Energy Institute (UK). He is also Chairman of Omnisens, a Swiss high technology company specialised in optic fibre on-line monitoring and an advisory board member of Brahms Oil Refineries Ltd., a company which promotes modular refineries in African countries.
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