CARACAS May 24 Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez has named his cousin Asdrubal Chavez Vice President of
Refining for state oil company PDVSA, according to a company
official and the official gazette circulated on Thursday.
The president's brother Adan Chavez is education minister
and his father Hugo is governor of his home state of Barinas.
Asdrubal Chavez, formerly PDVSA's Commerce and Supply
Director, is replacing Alejandro Granado who has been tapped to
head U.S. refinery Citgo, a subsidiary of PDVSA.
The shuffle comes as Citgo President Felix Rodriguez is
preparing to assume the position of director-general of Ruhr
Oel, a German joint venture between PDVSA and BP (BP.L).
Chavez's appointment was published in the nation's official
gazette that circulated on Thursday.
Asdrubal Chavez, a chemical engineer, has also served as
Executive Director of Human Resources and General Manager of
the 130,000 barrel-per-day El Palito refinery.
(Additional reporting by Deisy Buitrago)