UPDATE 2-Spain's Repsol bows to shareholder pressure, adds CEO role

miércoles 30 de abril de 2014 17:45 GYT

* Brufau names former politician Imaz

* Finance director, strategy still decided by Brufau

* Pemex voted against appointment

* Move may pave way for succession (Adds background, quotes, Pemex vote)

By Carlos Ruano and Andrés González

MADRID, April 30 (Reuters) - Spanish energy group Repsol , under pressure from shareholders to improve corporate governance, on Wednesday created a new role of chief executive officer to take over day-to-day management duties from Chairman Antonio Brufau.

Josu Jon Imaz, a well-known former politician from the northern Basque region who joined Repsol in 2008, will become CEO.

Brufau, who has served as executive chairman of Repsol for nearly a decade, will remain as chairman in a nonexecutive capacity, Repsol said.

The group's finance director will continue to report to the chairman, who will also remain in charge of strategy, according to a chart published by the company.   Continuación...