Sustained, Sustainable Growth
Certas Energy Retail Europe is a subsidiary of DCC plc, a leading international sales, marketing and support services group with a clear focus on performance and growth.
Part of the Retail & Oil division of DCC plc, Certas Energy Retail Europe directly supports a network of over 750 service stations across Europe. Our “hub and spoke” model means that key functions such as pricing, supply, finance and back office are operated remotely from our Central Operations Hub in Drogheda (north of Dublin, just off the M1), while the local teams looks after sales, marketing, logistics and operations.
We are committed to enable Energy transition by ensuring our retail sites provide a choice of cleaner and lower carbon solutions, as our customer fleet evolve through the Energy Transition journey.
Support Services Group
DCC is a leading international sales, marketing and support services group with a clear focus on performance and growth. Headquartered in Dublin and employing approximately 14,000 people, we operate through four divisions: Retail & Oil, LPG, Healthcare and Technology.
DCC has an excellent record, delivering compound annual growth of 14% in operating profit and generating an average return on capital employed of approximately 19% over 22 years as a public company.
Who we are and what we believe in
Our values bind us together and inform everything we do and how we do it. We live our values through the way we do business, each and every day.
Our Management Team
Operations Director - Central Functions
Evrard has over 10 years of experience in business Strategy and Operations. He started his career as a Business Consultant in Paris. He then joined Butagaz, part of the DCC group, where he led several sales and operational excellence projects, before being appointed Plant Manager of one of Butagaz largest filling facility. In 2021, he joined Certas Energy Retail Europe as Operations Director of the Central Operations Hub in Drogheda. Evrard has an Engineering background and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.
Finance Director - Central Functions
Alan is an ACA-qualified accountant and a graduate of UCD who joined Certas Energy Retail Europe in July 2016 to lead the financial integration and day to day management of existing Scandinavian retail entities and new acquisitions. He previously held a number of positions within the DCC Group, including Financial Controller roles at both Butagaz (DCC’s largest acquisition to date) in France and Qstar in Sweden.
Laurent de Sere
Managing Director - Certas Energy France
Graduated from Rouen Chemical Engineering School (INSCIR) in 1987, Laurent joined Mobil Oil Française in April 1989. In his 26 years with ExxonMobil he has held a number of positions, from Specialties Territory Manager to Sales Manager, EMEA Manager for Synthetics and Lubricants Director. His career took him to Spain for three years and Brussels for ten years. In June 2015, following the acquisition of the Esso France retail network by DCC, he joined Certas Energy France as Managing Director. Laurent is also the President of ASCA, the French trade association of motorway sub-concessioners.
Managing Director - Certas Energy Norway AS
Lars Østbye holds a Master of Science degree in International Marketing from Norwegian School of Management (Handelshøyskolen BI) and the University of Stavanger. He started his career with Esso Norge AS in 1997 as a Retail Territory Manager, and has since held a number of sales- and management positions at the Nordic, European and global level with ExxonMobil. Lars has significant international experience from assignments at ExxonMobil’s European head office in Brussels, as well as at the global headquarters for Downstream in the US. He joined Certas Energy Norway AS as the Managing Director in October 2017, coming from the position as Director for the ExxonMobil Retail Fuels business in Norway. He is located at the Certas offices in Sandvika, Norway
We are profoundly committed to health and safety and integrity. It is part of who we are, and it is what enables us to succeed. You can download a selection of our policies below.