(EnergyAsia, December 5 2014, Friday) — German oil, chemicals and gas storage company Oiltanking GmbH has named Koen Verniers to lead the company’s eastern operations while Daan Vos will have responsibility for the western half from January 1.

Koen Verniers, currently acting as President of Oiltanking Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, will be managing director for the Asia Pacific region, China, India, the Middle East and Africa, while Daan Vos, now the managing director of Oiltanking Europe BV, will oversee North America, Latin America and Europe.

Both executives, who each have more than 17 years experience in the company, will be based in Hamburg.

In a statement, Oiltanking said Mr Verniers will succeed

Christian Flach while Mr Vos will take over from Julio Tellechea.

Oiltanking said Mr Flach and Mr Tellechea have managed the company during a transitional period alongside their responsibilities as executive board members of the parent firm, Marquard & Bahls AG.

Oiltanking, the world’s second largest independent tank storage provider for petroleum products, chemicals and gases, owns and operates 72 terminals in 23 countries.