President of Grupo Centec; an organization founded in 1951 to provide sales and service to the national petroleum industry.
Born in Venezuela in 1953, Mr. Viergutz studied at Stanford University from 1970-77, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, a master’s in mechanical engineering (summa cum laude), and an MBA. He also obtained his Ph.D. in management from Claremont College.
Throughout his career with Grupo Centec, Mr. Viergutz has held leadership positions in several professional associations, such as the Association of Gas Producers, the Venezuelan Petroleum Chamber, the Petroleum Commission, and Consecomercio, among others.
Additionally, he has been a member of both Ceveu (Council of Venezuelan and US Managers), and Pro-Defensa del Petróleo since 1996.
Mr. Viergutz has been an advisor to the Economic Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and to the Energy and Mines Commission of the Congress of the Republic, a representative at the World Petroleum Congress, a member of the National Petrochemical Commission, a delegate of the Ministry of Energy and Mines to the 1996 OPEC Convention and, since 1996, a member of the Advisory Commission of the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
In addition to authoring several books a numerous feature articles, Mr. Viergutz has been honored with the Order of Merit of Work (first class), and the Order of Francisco de Miranda (first class).
He is married and has two children: Jonathan and Micheline.