Carlos Gomes da Silva leaves Galp Energia, being replaced by Andy Brown

  • ECO News
  • 12 January 2021

Gomes da Silva's term of office was supposed to end in 2022, and the reasons for the departure requested by himself are unknown.

Carlos Gomes da Silva will leave Galp Energia’s leadership, after six years at the CEO of Portugal’s largest oil company. The reason for leaving office before the end of the mandate was not made public, but it was only clear that he requested the departure. The manager will remain in office only until February 19 to ensure the “transition process” for the next CEO of Galp Energia, Andy Brown.

“Carlos Gomes da Silva has decided to step down as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors (board) and Chairman of the Executive Committee (CEO) of Galp,” announced the company in a statement to the Securities Market Commission (CMVM).

Carlos Gomes da Silva has been Galp’s CEO since 2015 and was part of the executive committee since 2007, having also held executive roles in areas such as distribution, trading, commercialisation and marketing of oil products, natural gas and electricity, as well as corporate divisions.

“The Board is grateful to Carlos for his important contribution to Galp as an executive manager over the last 14 years and wishes him continued professional successes,” reads the statement.

About the new CEO, the company explains that he will be co-opted on February 19, and after, the decision will be submitted to ratification by the shareholders at the next general meeting. “Andy Brown is a senior executive with an international career of over 35 years in the energy sector, known for his energetic leadership, focused on business performance, safety, welfare and development of people.”

“Andy performed several management roles at Royal Dutch Shell and was appointed member of Shell’s Executive Committee in 2021, having performed executive roles as Upstream International Director and, since 2016, as Upstream Director. Since stepping down from Shell in 2019, Andy has taken on several roles, including Vice Chairman of SBM, Senior Advisor to Mckinsey and Co, Consultant for JMJ and Advisor to ZeroAvia, a Hydrogen/fuel cell aviation start-up company,” Galp said.