The governance of GD4S includes a general assembly, an executive committee and an executive board. Most of the decisions are taken on a consensual basis. The presidency of GD4S rotates every year between the members.
CEO Italgas Italy
Paolo Gallo is Chief Executive Officer and General Manager at Italgas as well as Chairman of its main subsidiary, Italgas Reti.
Born in Turin in 1961, he received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin. He subsequently earned a MBA from Turin University. From 2014 to 2016 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Grandi Stazioni S.p.A, of which he previously oversaw the privatization. From 2011 to 2014 he worked at Acea S.p.A., firstly as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Executive Officer. Listed at the Milan stock exchange, the company is one of the main Italian multi-utilities. From 2002 to 2011 he was in the Edison Group, initially as Head of Strategy and Innovation. He was then (2003-2011) Chief Operating Officer and eventually Chief Executive Officer of Edipower.
He started his career in Fiat Avio S.p.A. in 1988, holding several roles and responsibilities over 13 years. In 1997, he began working in the energy field, developing new initiatives in Italy, India and Brazil. He eventually recollected all Fiat Group’s electricity generation activities in Fiat Energia – of which he was Chief Executive Officer until 2002. Through Fiat Energia, Fiat Group acquired Montedison in 2001.
Between 1992 and 1993 he was dean of the MBA programme at the School of Business Administration of the University of Turin, where he lectured “Industrial Investment Economical-Financial evaluations” until 2002. He is also co-author of relevant publications in the sector.
CEO Distrigaz Sud Retele Romania
Dan Pantilie has been CEO of Distrigaz Sud Retele since 2008. He has a long-standing experience in the natural gas field as he has started his career in this sector in 1984. He held different management positions within Distrigaz Sud, the natural gas distributor and supplier for the south part of Romania before the activities’ unbundling in 2008; among the most important ones, the positions of development director (1998-2002) and deputy general director (2005-2008). Between 2002-2005, he was chairman of the Romanian Regulatory Authority in the Natural Gas Sector (2002-2005).
Dan Pantilie graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest and earned a Ph.D in engineering sciences on the topic “Contributions regarding the study of the mechanism of explosions”.
CEO Galp Gás Natural Distribuição Portugal
Gabriel Sousa is Chief Executive Officer of Galp Gás Natural Distribuição since November 2016, after becoming member of the Board and General Manager in August 2015.
In January 2013, he joined Galp Gás Natural Distribuição as Head of Third Party Access Management.
With more than 20 years in the natural gas distribution sector, before arriving to the Holding Company, he has been CEO of Lusitaniagás (the biggest Portuguese DSO in volume of natural gas distributed) since September 2007 and Head of Commercial Management of the same DSO between 1999 and 2006, after joining the company in 1995, since the beginning of the natural gas project development in Portugal.
Before entering the natural gas sector, he worked in the automotive and metallurgical industries, during two years.
Gabriel Sousa holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade de Coimbra and an Executive MBA from AESE/IESE.
Vice President & Treasurer
Narcís de Carreras Roques
CEO Nedgia, S.A. Spain
Narcís de Carreras Roques is Chief Executive Officer of NEDGIA, S.A. since August 2020. He has worked in the energy sector from the very start of his professional career, covering different positions in industrial, banking, consulting and engineering companies at the international level, and residing for several years in the United States and in Italy. He joined the Naturgy Group (former Gas Natural Fenosa) in 2006, and since then has held different management positions in several units of the company, with a focus in international corporate development. In 2013 he moved to México, first as Commercial Director for Latin America, and in 2015 was appointed Managing Director and Country Manager of Naturgy in México. In August 2020 he moves back to Spain to Nedgia.
He is a graduate in Business Administration and has an MBA from the Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) of Barcelona.
CEO Gaz Réseau Distribution France
Edouard Sauvage is the CEO of GRDF since January 2016. He has worked at the heart of the energy distribution system and natural gas supplies in France. After different positions as public servant, notably as Technical Advisor to the Prime Minister, Edouard Sauvage joined EDF GDF Services in 1997, where he worked first as Head of Agency in Seine-et-Marne and later as Director of the Rouen Center.
In 2002, he joined the Strategy Department of Gaz de France as Representative for Strategic and European Affairs. The year after, he became co- Director of the International Division of Gaz de France. In 2005, he was appointed Director of Gas Supply and then in 2013 Strategy Director of the GDF Suez Group and member of the Executive Committee.
Edouard Sauvage is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, and of the Corps des Ponts.
Managing Director of Gas Networks Ireland
Denis O’Sullivan is the Managing Director of Gas Networks Ireland. Previously Head of Commercial with the company, Denis had responsibility for managing, developing and delivering the business’s commercial growth and innovation strategies with key focus on maximising the utilisation of the gas network and diversifying its use with gas in transport and renewable gas.
Prior to this, Denis worked with Bord Gáis Energy and Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners as Head of Development with responsibility for delivering one of Ireland’s largest wind energy portfolios. Denis holds an Engineering Degree and has over 20 years’ experience in development and management roles across the renewables energy and gas sectors.
General Manager of EDA THESS
Leonidas Bakouras is the General Manager of EDA THESS, the Gas Distribution Company in Thessaloniki and Thessaly. In his 20-year professional course, he contributed decisively to the implementation of a long-term and efficient investment plan for the market development and the natural gas penetration. He also worked on the issuance of the technical regulations as a member of the committees of the competent Ministry and on shaping of the country’s regulatory framework governing the gas market.
Prior to his current position, he was the Deputy General Manager and COO of EPA Thessaloniki & EPA Thessalia from 2014 to 2016. During several years, he occupied the position of Manager of Commercial Activities for these two companies.
Leonidas Bakouras holds a master’s degree in marketing from the Hellenic Management Association, a B.A in Business Administration and a MBA in Strategic Management from the Winchester University.