Gerhard König, chief executive of Germany’s largest wholesale gas company Wingas, rarely can be found at the company’s new headquarters in Kassel. He’s too busy traveling, especially to Russia, where he flies to Moscow at least once every two weeks.
Since early this year, the world’s largest producer of natural gas, Russian energy giant Gazprom, has been the sole owner of Wingas. The BASF subsidiary Wintershall sold its half stake in the joint venture in a politically controversial swap
Today, Mr. König sees himself as mediator between West and East, with a core task ofexplaining Europe to his Russian shareholders.
Handelsblatt: Were you actually in the Kremlin on your inaugural visit?
Gerhard König: No, my business partners are at Gazprom, not the government.