BG Group CFO Takes Reins for ECA Region

BG Group announced that Chief Financial Officer Ashley Almanza is to assume interim responsibility for the management of the Group's Europe & Central Asia (ECA) region, in addition to his current responsibilities as CFO.

Ashley Almanza, 45 and a chartered accountant with a MBA from the London Business School, joined the former British Gas plc in 1993. He has since held a number of key management roles within BG Group, culminating in his appointment as Chief Financial Officer in 2002.

BG Group Chief Executive Frank Chapman said, "Ashley is an accomplished and respected executive who has made a very significant contribution to the development of BG Group. I am delighted that he will now have the opportunity to apply his considerable skills and experience to the management of the ECA region."

Almanza's expanded role, which takes immediate effect, follows the decision by Executive Vice President and Managing Director, ECA, Mark Carne to leave BG Group to pursue other opportunities.

Frank Chapman said, "During his tenure, Mark has brought a number of developments to fruition, enhancing BG Group's operations in the region. We are grateful for his contribution to the Group and wish him well for the future."