Benjamin Lakatos, CEO of MET Group, said: “I have confidence that Sven’s skillset and experience will significantly contribute to the development of MET’s finance function, and to achieve our growth targets over the next five years.”
Mr. Kirch joins MET from Royal Dutch Shell where he has worked for over 16 years in senior Finance Management roles. In his latest role, he was the VP Finance for Planning/Appraisal/Reporting and the Controller for Shell’s Integrated Gas, Renewables and Energies Solutions (IGR&ES) business which includes Shell’s global LNG and Gas and Power Trading franchises. Over the course of his career, he built broad and deep finance competences across capital management related processes such as strategy, portfolio / planning and M&A. He also held operational finance and governance roles in all of Shell’s key value chains.
Sven Kirch takes over as Group Chief Financial Officer from Johannes Niemetz who has been appointed as the Chairman of the newly created Flexibility Assets and Green Assets Divisions of MET Group as of 1 January 2022. Mr. Niemetz joined MET in 2017 and brought valuable international finance and energy industry experience to the company. He actively supported the expansion of MET Group during the last few years. Mr. Niemetz will remain a member of the Executive Board and the Board of Directors of MET Holding AG.
MET Group is an integrated European energy company, headquartered in Switzerland, with activities in natural gas and power markets. MET is present in 14 countries through subsidiaries, 25 national gas markets and 22 international trading hubs. In 2020, MET Group’s consolidated sales revenue amounted to EUR 11,2 billion, the volume of natural gas traded was 71 BCM.