UPDATE 1-Greece advertises top posts for main utility, refiner

Fri Nov 6, 2009 7:06am EST

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ATHENS Nov 6 (Reuters) - Greece's new socialist government advertised on Friday the top two positions in utility Public Power Corp (DEHr.AT) and the country's biggest refiner Hellenic Petroleum (HEPr.AT).

The chairman and chief executive positions of both companies were advertised on government website www.opengov.gr.

The government, which came to power after winning an Oct.4 election, has said it would openly advertise top management posts in companies in which the state has large holdings, to improve transparency.

"Whoever wishes to contribute their knowledge and skills in the framework of the organisations listed below, are invited to submit their CVs," the website said.

The list also includes the chairman and CEO position of state-controlled Athens Water EYATHr.AT, Greece's biggest water utility, and natural gas monopoly DEPA.

The CEO of state-controlled Public Power, Takis Athanassopoulos, who was appointed by Greece's previous conservative administration, has already offered his resignation after the socialists' election victory.

A spokesman of Hellenic Petroleum, in which the government is the second-largest shareholder with a 35 percent stake, declined to comment.

An energy ministry spokesman could not immediately clarify when the eventual replacement of the companies' current management would take place. (Reporting by Harry Papachristou; Editing by Ingrid Melander and David Holmes)

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