Francisco  Lima Aires

With over 23 years of professional experience, entirely dedicated to the oil sector, national and international, in various areas of business, such as production, trading and commercial, Francisco has extensive energy industry understanding.
Before joining Sonangalp, Francisco has been involved in major refining projects within the Galp group, between 1999 and 2000. Additionally, he has held key roles at Galp as Production Manager at the Base Oils Factory (GALP Refinery Matosinhos), leading a team of 60 people between 1999-2002, and as International Oil Trader between 2003 and 2005.

During his tenure at Galp, Francisco has also led Commercial Teams in different Oils & Gas sectors, including Industry and Galp Frota card, from 2005 to 2014, and overseed international markets as Director of Export, focusing on bitumen and lubricants, between 2014 and 2019.

Since 2019, Francisco is the General Manager of Sonangalp, leading a team of 150 employees.
Francisco has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto, specializing in Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals in 1998 and has an Executive MBA from INDEG-ISCTE completed in 2016.