Wintershall Dea is Europe’s leading independent natural gas and crude oil company. The company's Executive Board unites a broad range of expertise, international experience and various nationalities.
Wintershall Dea’s mission is to offer solutions to meet the challenges of the future, in particular the world’s growing need for energy, and climate change. With our policy of growth geared toward sustainability, we aim to create long-term value for our shareholders, employees, partners and society. Technological competence, operational excellence and strong partnerships: Those are the success factors in international business. Wintershall Dea's shareholders are BASF and LetterOne. With employees from more than 60 countries, the company explores for and produces natural gas and crude oil worldwide – in the most efficient and responsible way. This is our management team.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Chief Executive Officer Mario Mehren is responsible for the areas of Human Resources, General Counsel, Corporate Communications, HSEQ, Strategy and M&A, and Investor Relations. Since July 2023 also the Business Unit Midstream and until the withdrawal from Russia has been fully completed, the Business Unit Russia. After completing his studies in Business Administration at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, he began his professional career in 1998 as specialist adviser in BASF’s Group Accounting section. The business graduate moved to Wintershall in 2006. He joined Wintershall’s Board of Executive Directors in 2011 and has been CEO from 2015.
Mario Mehren is active in various industry associations and initiatives. As chairman of the board of the Open for Diversity initiative, Kassel, he is actively committed to diversity and democratic values.
How we are positioned as a company and how we work makes it clear who we are: Our roots are in Germany, our home is Europe and our work is global.
Member of the Board, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Region EMEA
As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Dawn Summers is responsible for the Business Units Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, UK and Denmark, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and UAE. Dawn Summers holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Edinburgh University and Executive Operations Leadership from MIT Sloane School of Management. She has more than 25 years of international experience in the gas and oil industry and has worked for BP, Genel Energy, Origin Energy, and Beach Energy, among others.
Dawn Summers has been President of the GasNaturally industry association, Brussels, since December 2020. Since January 2021, she has also been President of the European Board of Directors of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), Brussels.
Member of the Board, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Paul Smith is the board member in charge of Accounting and Reporting, Corporate Finance and Treasury, Information Technology, Procurement, Corporate Audit, and Marketing and Sales. The Dutchman studied Business Organization at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and began his career at BP in Aberdeen in 1993. Afterwards, he worked for various international companies in lots of different management positions. Before joining Wintershall Dea, he was CFO and Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Vesta Energy in Calgary.