Mario Mehren was appointed Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall in June 2015 and has been a member of the Board of Executive Directors since October 2011. In the board the business graduate was responsible for the activities in Exploration & Production in Russia, North Africa & South America. After completing a course in business administration at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, he began his professional career in 1998 as specialist adviser in BASF's Group Accounting section in the Corporate Finance Department. In 2001, Mehren became Head of Finance and Accounting at BASF Schwarzheide, and in 2003 he moved to BASF in Chile to become Managing Director of Finance and Administration. The Koblenz-born Mehren joined Wintershall in 2006 as Vice President Finance & Information Management.