Cepsa redesigns its organisation to drive the transformation required by energy transition and to grow internationally

Published: 24 May 2020 - 4 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
Cepsa has redesigned its organisation into five business units: Exploration & Production; Refining; Chemicals; Sales; and Trading, Gas & Power & Renewables. The new organisation will be managed by a team composed of newly hired executives with extensive international experience in the oil, gas and chemical sectors alongside seasoned company veterans. The new management team will work with CEO Philippe Boisseau to shape a strategy based on international expansion and the development of new businesses that will drive Cepsa’s transformation and growth in the context of a continuously evolving energy landscape and market environment.

When introducing Cepsa’s new management team, Philippe Boisseau highlighted: “With this new and diverse executive committee, which brings in complementary talents and expertise, and with the support of all our professionals, we aim to meet the challenges of the energy transition, drive Cepsa's international growth, and expand each of our businesses as well as develop new ones. To achieve these goals, we will optimise our integrated business model, enhance our competitiveness and continue to pursue operational excellence”.

Cepsa’s new executive committee will be headed by Philippe Boisseau and include the heads of the company's business units and corporate support functions: (i) Exploration & Production will be led by Alex Archila, who joins Cepsa with 36 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector in companies such as BHP and Chevron; (ii) Refining will be led by its current director, Antonio Joyanes, who has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, chemicals, trading and refining; (iii) Chemicals will be managed by Paloma Alonso, who joins Cepsa after a 23-year career at Dow. She will also be responsible for the company’s ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) activities; (iv) Sales will be headed by Pierre-Yves Sachet, who joins the company from Total and has 30 years of industry experience. He will combine this position with his responsibilities for the company's strategic growth area; and (v) Trading, Gas & Power & Renewables will be managed by the CEO, Philippe Boisseau.

Finance, Economic and General Services will be led by Salvador Bonacasa, who has been with the company for more than 35 years, where he had been running the financial function of many business units and at corporate level. Human Resources will continue to be managed by Carlos Morán, who has overseen this area since 2010 and has been with the company for more than 29 years. Legal will continue to be led by Ignacio Pinilla, in his role as general counsel, with a distinguished law career of over 30 years and in charge of Cepsa's legal services for two decades. Technical and Operations, a newly-created cross-functional area, will be headed by José Manuel Martínez, who has been working at Cepsa for 30 years.

Juan Vera’s role is changing from chief operations officer to now overseeing special projects that require dedicated executive focus. He will continue to report directly to the CEO. The following business areas will also report directly to the CEO: Communication and Institutional Relations; HSSEQ (Health, Safety, Security, Environmental and Quality); Internal Audit, Compliance and Risk; and Transformation Office.

The new organisation will come into effect on 1 June. Paloma Alonso will join Cepsa on 15 July and Alex Archila as soon as certain administrative formalities have been completed.

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