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Gunvor Appoints New Technical Director Refineries, Hires New IBR Manager

Gunvor Group announces the appointment of a newly created position, Technical Director Refining, and the hiring of a new Refinery Manager for its Independent Belgium Refinery (IBR), consistent with the integration of refining into Gunvor’s operations.

Marcel Mazenauer, refinery manager at Gunvor’s IBR, will move to the company’s Geneva office, where he will serve as Technical Director Refining, overseeing and coordinating the technical aspects and long-term development, including investment strategies, of both of Gunvor’s refineries. Mazenauer has more than two decades of experience in oil refining with Shell, Shell Global Solutions, and Petroplus.

Assuming Mazenauer’s position as Refinery Manager at IBR will be Luc Smets. He will begin 1 March 2013. Smets joins IBR from ExxonMobil, where his most recent function was Technical Operations Manager at Chemicals HQ in Machelen/Brussels. Smets has more than 20 years of experience at ExxonMobil, having held various downstream positions in refining, chemicals, distribution and films manufacturing at multiple locations in the Benelux. Within refining he has built up experience in process, production, engineering and construction, maintenance, turnaround planning and safety. Smets will bring his long experience to further improve IBR’s performance in line with its mission and vision—all while ensuring the facility continues to operate optimally to complement our trading activity.