Stephan Haupt becomes new managing director of VNG H&V

VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH

Experienced energy expert assumes leadership role

On 1 February 2023, Stephan Haupt will become a new managing director of VNG Handel & Vertrieb (VNG H&V), a wholly owned subsidiary of Leipzig-based gas group VNG AG (VNG) Haupt will be responsible for the areas of Risk, Law, Operations, Strategy, Commercial Affairs and Sustainability. The Energy Economics graduate has been with VNG since 2009, most recently as head of Trading Administration at VNG H&V. He will be one half of the company’s management duo with Konstantin von Oldenburg.

“We’re delighted to have Stephan Haupt – an experienced gas market expert – as a new managing director for our trading and sales subsidiary. His work in the VNG group over many years has given him in-depth knowledge of the company, and he brings wide-ranging experience and an extensive track record in leadership. He has played a significant role this year in helping VNG H&V to navigate the many challenges it has faced. I have no doubt that Stephan Haupt, together with the VNG H&V team, will also master the tasks and challenges that lie ahead, ensuring the company’s further success,” says Ulf Heitmüller, CEO of VNG AG. 

Haupt, 40, takes over from Kerstin Schultheiß, who has chosen to leave VNG H&V of her own accord to become new managing director of Leipziger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft (LVV) and Leipziger Wasserwerke on 1 May 2023.

Christian Roos, Presse und Social Media bei der VNG AG

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VNG is a group of over 20 companies active in the European energy industry, employing about 1,700 people. As a gas importer and wholesaler as well as an operator of critical gas infrastructure, the Group, which is headquartered in Leipzig, is central to the secure supply of gas in Germany. With the “VNG 2030+” strategy, VNG is also pursuing an ambitious path for a market ramp-up of renewable and decarbonised gases such as biogas and hydrogen, paving the way for a sustainable, secure supply and, in the long term, climate-neutral energy system of the future.


VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH, based in Leipzig, is a subsidiary of VNG AG and is responsible for the wholesale business within the VNG Group. It supplies natural gas reliably and flexibly to trading companies, redistributors, municipal utilities and major customers in Germany and abroad. With innovative products for an environmentally friendly energy supply, it offers its customers comprehensive support for the implementation of the energy transition. As a natural gas wholesaler and energy service provider, VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH has close ties to its local region and is internationally well-placed. With its staff, it draws on 60 years of experience.
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Stephan Haupt, Geschäftsführer der VNG Handel & Vertrieb

Stephan Haupt becomes new managing director of VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH (Foto: Eric Kemnitz)