Z Energy has announced David Binnie as the new General Manager of Supply and Distribution, replacing Rob Freeman, who will be leaving the company at the end of the 2014 calendar year.
Z Chief Executive Mike Bennett explained that Rob was moving his family back to their homeland of Australia. Describing Rob’s contribution to Z Energy, Mike said that he was responsible for managing a supply chain spanning half of the globe from crude oil and refined fuel procurement, through local refining to delivery to Z's end customers.
Rob managed the company’s transition from the Shell business to Z, and has built a best-in-class supply and distribution function within New Zealand. Rob’s contributions also include developing a strong and capable team, ensuring a consistent focus on developing a safety culture within Z, and leading a number of projects to ensure Z's supply chain retained its competitive advantage.
David Binnie will join Z from 8 September and assume Rob's responsibilities as the new General Manager of Supply and Distribution following a handover in October/November.
David's most recent role was as Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), working specifically within New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals group.
According to Mike, Z's supply and distribution operations are an important strategic part of the business and David brings global experience to Z at an executive level, including in refining, supply and risk management.
Working in the oil and gas industry since 1982 in the UK, Europe and the Middle East after graduating with an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, David began his career at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland in a variety of operational and leadership roles.
David completed an MBA in 1999 and moved into commercial and business development roles in chemicals, trading, and alternative energies. Prior to his move to New Zealand, David was the Managing Director of OPITO, a leading skills organisation for the oil and gas industry with offices in Aberdeen, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Houston.