Benjamin Lakatos, Group CEO

Benjamin Lakatos

Group CEO

Benjamin Lakatos is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and majority owner of MET Group headquartered in Switzerland. He focuses in particular on Group strategy, new business development and high-level relationships.

Professional experience

  • Benjamin Lakatos began his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) department at MOL, successfully participating in various Energy transactions in CEE.
  • As Vice President of MOL Upstream Acquisitions and Divestitures, he managed upstream investments (oil and gas fields and exploration rights) in the former CIS countries, North Africa and the Middle East.
  • He played a key role in the Hungarian natural gas market liberalization, by participating in the divestment of MOL’s natural gas business, the construction of a new underground gas storage (MMBF Ltd.), and was a member of the Steering Committee of the “Nabucco Gas Pipeline Project”.
  • Realizing the market trends and opportunities given by the change in EU legislation, he developed a new business approach and founded MET in 2007 with main focus on natural gas and trading, then opening up towards the electricity market in 2013.
  • Under his leadership MET Group became an independent, Switzerland based, multi-commodity wholesale and trading firm, present in 15 countries through subsidiaries, 28 national gas markets and 23 international trading hubs.
  • Lakatos became majority owner of MET Group through a Management Buy Out in 2018.
 

Other positions

  • Mr. Lakatos is Member of the Directorate of Hungarian Hydrocarbon Stockpiling Association since 2009.
  • Mr. Lakatos has been awarded the Freedom of the City by the City of Tamási in Hungary.
  • He is the founder of Ferences Tanulmányi Ösztöndíj program.

Education and personal background

  • MSc as an economist from Budapest University of Economics, Hungary.
  • MBA Scholarship at the State University of New York.
  • Mr. Lakatos is a native Hungarian, he speaks English and German.