Univar Names George Makar Regional Vice President for EMEA Oil & Gas
REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Univar Inc., a leading global chemical distributor, announced today that it has named George Makar as its new Regional Vice President for EMEA Oil & Gas. Makar will be based in Abu Dhabi, UAE and will report directly to Univar’s Global Oil & Gas Industry President, Chris Oversby.
Makar’s appointment marks Univar’s continued focus on expanding its presence in the oil and gas sector. He has more than 30 years of oilfield and senior management experience including work in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and South East Asia. In his new role at Univar, Makar is responsible for building Univar’s Oil & Gas capabilities and growing business throughout the Middle East and the rest of Europe and Asia.
“George’s extensive experience and familiarity in the oil and gas industry and in the EMEA market makes him an excellent candidate for this position,” said Chris Oversby, president of Univar’s global Oil & Gas industry vertical. “I am confident that he and his team will grow Univar’s Oil & Gas industry presence in EMEA.”
Prior to joining Univar, Makar served as Regional Vice President for Clariant. At Clariant, he increased the company’s presence in the Middle East market and built significant year- over- year increases in sales, profitability, and market share.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Univar team,” said Makar. “Univar has a strong presence in the industry and is known for its commitment to safety, quality, and customer service. I look forward to increasing our footprint in this high-growth region.”
Makar earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Univar is one of the world’s leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 3,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 115,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products. Univar operates a network of more than 260 distribution facilities throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, with additional sales offices located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2011, Univar reported sales of $9.7 billion. For more information, visit: www.univar.com.