GDF Suez Appoints New Business Manager

GDF SUEZ E&P UK has appointed one of the most senior women working in the UK oil and gas industry to the position of Business Manager (external affairs and supply chain) within its leadership team.

Oonagh Werngren, a geologist with over 30 years of international experience and an MBE for services to the oil and gas industry, has been appointed in the post which will be based at the company's operations center in Aberdeen.

The position has been created as the operator pursues an ambitious growth strategy as major North Sea projects, including Cygnus and Juliet, approach sanction in 2012.

Oonagh Werngren joins from the GDF SUEZ E&P Head Office in Paris where she had been Head of Developments for E&P since 2010. Previously, she held a number of senior positions with BP – including Head of Technology (North Sea). She also spent two years in Alaska before being appointed as Drilling Manager North Sea and becoming the first woman to head up drilling programs in the UK, Norway and the Netherlands. Between 2007 and 2011, Oonagh Werngren was also a Non-Executive Director of industry funded technology development body ITF.

Jean-Claude Perdigues, Managing Director of GDF SUEZ E&P UK said: "Oonagh is one of the most talented and senior women working in the industry today and we are privileged to have secured her services in this exciting new phase of our growth. Our Cygnus and Juliet projects are moving towards sanction and production, and Oonagh's knowledge and experience will be of immense benefit as we manage that process."

Oonagh Werngren said: "GDF SUEZ E&P UK is in a dynamic and transformational phase. I will be supporting the business as we build the infrastructure and relationships that are required as we become one of the leading operators and employers in the UKCS. I am excited to be playing a part in building that future."

Oonagh was awarded the MBE in the Queen's birthday honors list in June 2011 in recognition of her track record and contribution to technology and human development in the oil and gas industry. She is passionate about encouraging young engineers to get started in the industry and in supporting women to establish successful careers and manage the demands of both business and family.