About Us

Every Year, we sell 3bn litres of fuel to 10m customers across Europe

About Us

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 manages over 500 petrol stations in Europe and supplies fuel to an additional 250 sites. 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.

About DCC

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 11,000 people, we operate through four divisions: Oil & Retail, 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.

Our Values

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

Andrew Graham

Director of Operations - Central Functions

A commercially focused Director with a track record of success in a large blue chip Retail/FMCG organisation, Andrew joined Certas Energy Retail Europe in 2014 as Operations Director of the Central Operations Hub in Drogheda. He previously served as the Head of Corporate Finance, Retail and Strategy at Topaz Energy. A strategic thinker that enjoys working in a challenging and fast changing environment, Andrew is a graduate of the University of Otago (New Zealand).

Alan Donnelly

Head of Retail Finance - Scandinavia

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.

Tom Hatton

Pricing Manager -

Tom joined DCC in 2011 and has held a number of roles across the Technology and Oil divisions. Prior to joining DCC, Tom worked at the European University Institute in Florence, one of the leading social science research institutions in Europe. A first class honours graduate of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff; Tom was a member of the winning crew at the National Irish Rowing Championship (Mens 4x+) in July 2016.

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.

Lars Østbye

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

Our Policies

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.

Supply Chain Integrity


DCC Code of Conduct


Anti Bribery & Corruption


Snapshot: Our French Network






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