The leadership team at Santos comprises the board members and executive team ("Excom").
The Board is responsible for overseeing the performance and operations of the Company. The Board’s overriding objective is to safely and sustainably increase shareholder value within a business framework which protects shareholders’ interests. The Board seeks to ensure that management implements sound strategies and develops an integrated framework of risk management and control.
Peter Roland Coates AO
ChairmanBSc (Mining Engineering), FAICD, FAusIMM
Independent non-executive Director. Member of the Board since March 2008, Chairman from December 2009 to May 2013, reappointed Chairman April 2015 and appointed Executive Chairman from August 2015 to January 2016. A Director of Santos Finance Ltd and Chair of the Nomination Committee.
Non-executive Director of Glencore plc since its float in April 2011 until its merger with Xstrata plc in May 2013. Joined the Board of the merged company in June 2013 and worked as an Executive Director assisting with the integration of Glencore and Xstrata before resuming the position as a non-executive Director from 1 January 2014. Non-executive Chairman of Glencore majority owned Sphere Minerals Ltd since May 2013.
Non-executive Director of Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited (formerly Amalgamated Holdings Limited) since July 2009.
Former non-executive Chairman of Xstrata Australia Pty Limited from January 2008 to August 2009 and former Chairman and non-executive Director of Minara Resources Limited from April 2008 to April 2011. Previously Chief Executive of Xstrata Coal, Xstrata plc’s global coal business. Past Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia, the NSW Minerals Council and the Australian Coal Association.
Made an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2009 and was awarded the 2010 Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Medal.
Managing Director & Chief Executive OfficerBEng (Mechanical) Hons, FIEAust
Kevin joined Santos as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2016. He is a Director of Santos Finance Ltd and a member of the Environment, Heath, Safety & Sustainability Committee.
Prior to this Kevin was CEO and Managing Director at Clough Limited. Kevin is a senior executive with more than 25 years experience in managing oil and gas operations in Australia, the USA and North and West Africa.
A qualified mechanical engineer, Kevin commenced his career as a drilling engineer with Mobil North Sea Ltd, before joining Woodside in 1998. During his 13 year tenure with Woodside, Kevin led the drilling organisation through rapid growth, delivering several Australian and international development projects and exploration campaigns. He also led the Australian Oil Business Unit consisting of five floating production storage offload (FPSO) operations and east coast domestic gas plants.
Prior to joining Clough, Kevin was responsible for production on Australia’s largest resource project, the North West Shelf, where he held the positions of Executive Vice President, North West Shelf Business Unit and CEO, North West Shelf Venture at Woodside.
As the Managing Director and CEO of Clough, Kevin implemented strategies that transformed the business. He established a strong leadership team, improved cost and operational performance and delivered record financial results. He oversaw the development of innovative programs to improve safety and drive productivity and executed an M&A and international expansion strategy which saw Clough enter five new regions including the US, UK, Canada, Africa and Asia.
Yasmin AllenBCom FAICD
Independent non-executive Director since 22 October 2014. A member of the People and Remuneration Committee and Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee.
Ms Allen has more than 20 years' experience in finance and investment banking, including senior roles at Deutsche Bank AG, ANZ and HSBC Group Plc. She is a Director of Cochlear Limited, chairs its Audit Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
She is a member of the George Institute for Global Health Board and a Director of the National Portrait Gallery. In February 2015 Ms Allen was appointed non-executive Director of the Board of ASX Limited.
Ms Allen was a former non-executive Director of Insurance Australia Group Limited and a former national Director and acting Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Guy CowanBSc (Hons) Engineering
Independent non-executive Director since 10 May 2016. Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a Director of Santos Finance Limited.
Currently Chairman of Queensland Sugar Limited and a Director of UGL Limited where he chairs the Health and Safety Committee. Formerly a Director of Coffey International and Ludowici Limited where he chaired the Audit and Risk Committees for both companies. Shell appointed alternative director of Woodside between 1992 and 1995.
Mr Cowan had a 23 year career with Shell International in various senior commercial and financial roles. His last two roles were as CFO and Director of Shell Oil US and CFO of Shell Nigeria. He was CFO of Fonterra Co-operative Ltd between 2005 and 2009.
Roy Alexander Franklin OBEBSc (Hons)
Independent non-executive Director since 28 September 2006. Chairman of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee, member of the People and Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.
Chairman of Cuadrilla Resources Holdings Limited since April 2015. Appointed deputy Chairman of Statoil with effect from 1 July 2015, and as a Director of Amec Foster Wheeler plc with effect from 1 January 2016.
Non-executive Director of Keller Group plc from 2007-2016 and Chairman from 2009-2016. Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Resources plc from 1997 to 2005 and former Group Managing Director of Clyde Petroleum plc. Chairman of BRINDEX, the trade association for UK independent oil and gas companies from 2002 to 2005 and a former member of PILOT, the joint industry/UK Government task force set up to maximise hydrocarbon recovery from the UK North Sea 2002 to 2005.
In 2004, awarded the OBE for services to the UK oil and gas industry.
Hock GohBEng (Hons) Mech Eng
Independent non-executive Director since 22 October 2012. Member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.
More than 30 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry, having spent 25 years with Schlumberger Limited, including as President of Network and Infrastructure Solutions division in London, President of Asia, and Vice President and General Manager of China. Previously held managerial and staff positions in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Chairman of MEC Resources Ltd since October 2006. Appointed as non-executive Director of Stora Enso Oyj (Finland) in April 2012. Also a non-executive Director of AB SKF (Sweden) since March 2014 and Vesuvius PLC (UK) since April 2015.
Previously a non-executive Director of BPH Energy Ltd, from 2007 to March 2015, an Operating Partner of Baird Capital Partners Asia, based in China, from 2007 to June 2012, and non-executive Director of Xaloy Holding Inc in the US from 2006 to 2008.
Peter HearlBComm FAICD
Independent non-executive Director since 10 May 2016. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
During an 18 year career in the oil industry with Esso Australia Ltd, a subsidiary of oil giant Exxon, he held a variety of senior marketing, operations, logistics and strategic planning positions. Mr Hearl joined PepsiCo as KFC Australia’s Director of Operations in 1991 and held several Regional Vice President (Managing Director) roles before assuming the role of YUM Brands’ global Chief Operating & Development Officer in 2006, based in Dallas, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky.
Non-executive Director of Australia’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra Ltd since August 2014, and serves on that company’s Remuneration Committee. Also a non-executive Director of the Australian listed, global wine company, Treasury Wine Estates since 2012, where he serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.
Former non-executive Director on the board of Goodman Fielder Ltd from 2010 until that company was sold to overseas interests in 2015.
Gregory John Walton MartinBEc, LLB, FAIM, MAICD
Independent non-executive Director since 29 October 2009. Chairman of the People and Remuneration Committee, member of the Audit and Risk and Committee and member of the Nomination Committee.
In 2015, Mr Martin was appointed Chairman of Fujairah Oil Terminal and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Electricity Networks Corporation, trading as Western Power. He was also appointed to the COAG Energy Council Energy Appointments Selection Panel. The role of the Panel is to provide recommendations to COAG's Energy Council on appointments to the Australian Energy Market Operator, Australian Energy Market Commission, Australian Energy Regulator and Energy Consumers Australia.
Chairman of Iluka Resources Limited from January 2013. Chairman and Joint Managing Partner of Prostar Capital from July 2012 and independent non-executive Chairman of Sydney Desalination Plant Pty Ltd from December 2012.
Formerly non-executive Director of Australian Energy Market Operator Limited (July 2008-November 2014) and Energy Developments Limited (May 2006-October 2015), Deputy Chairman of the Australian Gas Association and inaugural Chairman of the Energy Supply Association of Australia. Past member of the Business Council of Australia, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, and the Council on Australia Latin America Relations. Formerly Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of AGL, Chief Executive, Infrastructure at Challenger Financial Services Group and Managing Director of Murchison Metals Limited.
Scott SheffieldB.S. Petroleum Engineering
Independent non-executive Director since 24 February 2014. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Natural Resources Company, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and included in the S&P 500 Index. He has been Chief Executive Officer since 1997 and Chairman since 1999.
Serves on various industry and education-related boards, including the National Petroleum Council and the Maguire Energy Institute of the SMU Cox School of Business.
Recipient of the Permian Basin Association’s Top Hand award, which recognises individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership within the oil and gas industry and the Permian Basin community. He is also a 2013 inductee into the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Hall of Fame.
Managing Director & Chief Executive OfficerBEng (Mechanical) Hons, FIEAust
Kevin joined Santos as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2016 bringing more than 25 years' experience in managing oil and gas operations in Australia, the USA and North and West Africa.
A turnaround specialist with a track record in transforming underperforming operations, Kevin commenced his career as a drilling engineer with Mobil North Sea, before joining Woodside in 1998. During his 13 year tenure with Woodside, Kevin led the drilling organisation through rapid growth, delivering several Australian and international development projects and exploration campaigns. He also led the Australian Oil Business Unit consisting of five floating production storage offloading (FPSO) operations and east coast domestic gas plants. As CEO of the North West Shelf Venture at Woodside Kevin was responsible for production on Australia’s largest resource project.
Kevin joined Clough Limited as CEO and Managing Director in 2011, and during his 4 year tenure he implemented strategies that transformed the business. He established a strong leadership team, improved cost and operational performance and delivered record financial results. He oversaw the development of innovative programs to improve safety and drive productivity and executed a M&A and international expansion strategy which saw Clough enter five new regions including the US, UK, Canada, Africa and Asia.
Since joining Santos, Kevin has restructured the business, removed substantial costs and significantly improved production and financial performance. He has implemented a growth strategy to focus the business on five, core long life gas assets and has strengthened the balance sheet to provide a sustainable business in a low oil price environment.
Chief Financial Officer
B.Comm; MBA; FFin; ACA
Anthony Nielson joined Santos as Chief Financial Officer in 2016, and is responsible for the finance, tax, treasury and investor relations’ functions. He brings over 20 years’ experience in chartered accounting, banking and corporate financial roles including 15 years’ experience in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry.
Prior to joining Santos, Anthony was CEO of Roc Oil Company Ltd (ROC), which was acquired in 2014 by Hong Kong-listed investor Fosun International Limited. Previously, Anthony was Chief Financial Officer of ROC (ASX listed) and has held commercial, finance and business services roles at Caltex Australia, Credit Suisse First Boston (London) and Arthur Andersen (Sydney).
Anthony holds a Masters of Business Administration from AGSM and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Executive Vice President Commercial & Business DevelopmentLLB, BEc, GDCL
John Anderson is accountable for commercial and business development.
John joined Santos in 1996 as a Corporate Counsel in Brisbane having previously worked for 10 years as a solicitor with a large corporate law firm in Brisbane and Melbourne.
John has held a number of senior roles in Santos including Vice President Commercial, Vice President Strategic Projects and Group Executive Business Development. In 2009, John relocated to Perth to run Santos’ WA & NT operations including domestic gas and oil production in the Carnarvon Basin, exploration activity in the Browse and Bonaparte basins and the company’s first LNG project, Darwin LNG.
In 2014, John moved to Singapore after his responsibilities were extended to include Santos’ Asian activities including the company’s second LNG project, PNG LNG, as well as oil and gas production assets in Indonesia and Vietnam, and a variety of other interests including exploration opportunities in Malaysia and Bangladesh.
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate ServicesBA (Hons) Geography, MBA
Angus has over 20 years of leadership and consulting experience. Prior to joining Santos he was a Director of Azure Consulting, a Partner at The Boston Consulting Group and a Supply Chain Manager with the global packaging group Crown Cork and Seal.
At Azure Consulting Angus supported companies in developing strategy and driving organisational change, mainly in Western Australia. At BCG Angus set up the Perth office, led the Australian Operations practice and was a core member of both the Mining & Metals practice and the Energy Practice. He served clients in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America building strong capabilities in strategy, operational efficiency and running transformation programs. As a Supply Chain Manager Angus was accountable for procurement, planning, logistics and product delivery.
Vice President ExplorationBSc (Hons) Geology and Geophysics
Bill Ovenden is accountable for developing and executing a targeted exploration strategy.
Bill is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has worked on exploration projects in Australia, Central and South-East Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and South America, with companies including Sun Oil, Kufpec, ExxonMobil and Ampolex. He joined Santos in 2002 after working for ExxonMobil in Indonesia.
Chief Operations OfficerBEng (Civil), SPE
Vince joined Santos in March of 2016 as COO, accountable for the profit and loss of all our operated producing assets.
Vince retired from Woodside Energy in November 2013 as Chief Operating Officer. As COO he was responsible for Woodside’s producing Business Units; the Production Function including 6 LNG trains with associated offshore infrastructure, four FPSOs; the Marine Division and the Brownfields Projects Group. During 2014 and 2015, Vince was engaged in board work as a non-executive director and various management-consulting assignments. Vince has a deep and respected knowledge of the industry, with significant experience in onshore and offshore operations and asset management. He has a proven capability to manage a demanding workload and to drive cultural change.
Vice President DevelopmentBSc (Hons) Geology and Geophysics
Brett is responsible for delivering projects, sustaining capital work programs and non‐operated assets.
Brett previously held the role as Vice President, Eastern Australia from August 2015 which included production, development and commercialisation of the company’s oil and gas resources in Central Australia.
Brett joined Santos in February 2013 as the Manager Exploration for the company’s Perth‐based WA and NT business unit. Brett is a geologist and geophysicist, and has over 20 years of oil and gas industry experience including senior management, technical and business development roles. He is a member of the APPEA Board.
Executive Vice President EHS & GovernanceLLB (Hons), MLM
Naomi joined Santos in 2016 and is responsible for Santos’ legal, risk and audit, company secretary, environment and safety functions.
Prior to joining Santos, Naomi held a range of functional and line leadership roles with Arrium including as Chief Executive of the Group’s non-integrated steel businesses, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Executive, Strategy. Naomi’s roles with Arrium included leading major acquisitions and divestments, business restructuring and turnaround and the legal, company secretary, government affairs and strategy functions. Naomi has previously worked in private practice at law firms in Australia and the UK.