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Rainer Seele to lead executive directors of Wintershall Holding AG

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Kassel, Germany - July 2, 2009, Kassel, Germany - Wintershall Holding, a producer of crude oil and natural gas, has appointed Rainer Seele as the company's new Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors.

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Dr. Seele studied chemistry and was awarded his doctorate at the University of Göttingen before joining BASF 22 years ago. Following various management positions in research and research planning, Dr. Seele joined Wintershall's Strategic Planning division in 1996. In 2000 he was appointed as WINGAS Managing Director, and in 2002 he joined Wintershall's Board of Executive Directors as Head of the Natural Gas Ressort. He will take over as Chairman of the 100-percent BASF subsidiary on October 1, 2009, and therefore succeeds Reinier Zwitserloot, who is retiring. Dr. Seele has been a member of the Board of Executive Directors since 2002, and is currently responsible for the Natural Gas Ressort.

Mr. Zwitserloot was the Wintershall Chairman for eight years. The Supervisory Board also decided that responsibility for this Ressort will pass to Dr. Gerhard König - the new member of the Wintershall Holding AG Board of Executive Directors - on 1 October 2009. He has also been appointed as the new WINGAS GmbH & Co. KG Management Spokesman. WINGAS is the Wintershall and Gazprom joint venture for natural gas trading activities in Europe.

Dr. Gerhard König was born in Stuttgart in 1966. He studied Business Administration and Economics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Wayne State University, Michigan, USA, following which he held a number of positions at Contigas from 1991 to 2001. Before he left the company he was Head of Energy Procurement and Sales. The business admin expert then went on to work for Thüga AG in Munich and was responsible for the company's activities in Italy. In October 2002 he changed to WINGAS in Kassel, where he took over as Head of Sales in Germany and Europe.

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