New KPO General Director named

ASTANA. April 2. KAZINFORM Petroleum Operating B.V. (KPO) announced today two senior management appointments. Damiano Ratti takes over from Giuseppe Pasi as the new KPO General Director, and Luca Vignati succeeds Graham Scotton as the new Operations Director and Deputy General Director.

Damiano joined BG Group in 2006 and worked as Chief Operating Officer and most recently as Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of BG Italy. He has valuable experience in managing business activities ranging from exploration, power, gas marketing and LNG, KPO External Affairs Department said.

Before joining BG Group, he held various senior roles with Shell in Holland, France and Italy, including that of General Manager Natural Gas, responsible for strategy formulation and business development in Italy, France and Central and Eastern Europe countries.

Luca has considerable experience in executive roles and has a solid technical and managerial background combined with international experience gained in various overseas assignments such as in Norway, Tunisia, UK and Turkmenistan.

Prior to this appointment Luca was General Manager and Managing Director of Agiba - Egypt, a joint venture between Eni and the Egyptian Oil State owned Company, operating both onshore and offshore fields.

Damiano and Luca join KPO at an exciting time, with the Republic of Kazakhstan and the contracting companies having recently reached an agreement that will support the further development of the Karachaganak project, one of the world's largest gas and condensate fields.



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