OMV Petrom launches the OMV Petrom Foundation for projects in the fields of education, environment and health – The Diplomat Bucharest

OMV Petrom, the largest integrated energy company in Southeast Europe, today launches the OMV Petrom Foundation, to develop programs and support long-term social investments in Romania.

Christina Verchere, CEO of OMV Petrom: “At OMV Petrom, we believe in building a better future based on our actions today. Since 2007, we have allocated more than 80 million euros to the development of social projects in Romania. Today, we are taking our social involvement to the next level and launching the OMV Petrom Foundation. An entity whose sole mission is to contribute, through its programs, to a better, sustainable and equitable Romania. And we will constantly support this approach with funding and expertise.

The role of the OMV Petrom Foundation is to provide solutions that can reduce social gaps and can contribute to a better life for every Romanian. To this end, strategic partnerships will be forged with experts, national and local authorities, initiative groups and other stakeholders. The Foundation aims to develop long-term programs that bring change for the better in three key areas for Romania: environment, education and health.

Today, the OMV Petrom Foundation launches its first project, “Together from Day One”, which includes three key areas to help reduce child mortality in Romania:

  • A fund of 1 million euros, for projects managed by the organization Save the Children, to increase the level of equipment in maternity wards in Romania;
  • Provide the Marie Curie Pediatric Hospital in Bucharest with a mobile intensive care unit for newborns, the first unit of this type in Romania;
  • Equip 6 SMURD helicopters with the latest technology incubation systems, to European standards.

The Marie Curie Hospital and SMURD helicopters are equipped with the help of the Coeur d’Enfant Association.

The OMV Petrom Foundation is a separate entity, independent from the operations of OMV Petrom.

The activity of the Foundation is coordinated by a board of six members. The President of the OMV Petrom Foundation Board of Directors is Ana Maria Mihăescu. His experience includes regional leadership positions with the International Finance Corporation, a division of the World Bank. In the non-profit sector, she has been involved in programs of renowned associations, such as Save the Children, Teach for Romania and the Association of Friends of the National History Museum of Romania.

The board also includes: Șerban Toader, CFO and independent consultant, Daniela Chifan, director of Innovation Norway in Romania, Alina Petrescu, director of communication and sustainable development OMV Petrom, Cătălin Hristescu, director of the portfolio management department at within the Gas and Power Division of OMV Petrom, and Amalia Fodor, Executive Director of the OMV Petrom Foundation.

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