Leadership at Santos

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.

Directors

Peter Coates

Peter Roland Coates AO

Chairman

BSc (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.  Chairman 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 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, former Chairman and non-executive Director of Minara Resources Limited from May 2008 to April 2011, and former Chairman of Sphere Minerals from May 2013 to June 2016. 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.

Kevin Gallagher

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

BEng (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.

Yasmin Allen

Yasmin Allen

BCom FAICD

Independent non-executive Director since 22 October 2014. The Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee and member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee and Nomination 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 also a Director of the National Portrait Gallery and in February 2015 Ms Allen was appointed non-executive Director of the Board of ASX Limited.

She is a member of the George Institute for Global Health Board and was appointed a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel on 23 March 2017. 

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 Cowan

BSc (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 formerly a Director of UGL Limited where he chaired the Health and Safety Committee. Mr Cowan was also 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.

Hock Goh

Hock Goh

BEng (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 Hearl

BComm FAICD

Independent non-executive Director since 10 May 2016. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, People and Remuneration Committee and Nomination 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. 

Former non-executive Director of the Australian listed, global wine company, Treasury Wine Estates from 2012 to 2017, where he served 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.

Dr Vanessa Guthrie

Hon DSc, PhD, BSc (Hons)

Independent non-executive Director since 1 July 2017.

Dr Guthrie has more than 30 years’ experience in the resources sector in diverse roles such as operations, environment, community and indigenous affairs, corporate development and sustainability. She has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a PhD in Geology. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in 2017 for her contribution to sustainability, innovation and policy leadership in the resources industry.

Dr Guthrie is the former Managing Director and CEO of Toro Energy Limited and VP Sustainable Development at Woodside Energy, and is currently Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia, Deputy Chair of the WACA, a non-executive Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and a Council member of Curtin University.

She is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Eugene Shi

Non-executive Director since 26 June 2017. Member of the People and Remuneration Committee.

Mr Shi has more than 20 years of professional experience, including five years in management consultancy and 15 years in senior management roles. Industry experience covers Energy, Health Care, Retail and Finance in Europe and Asia-Pacific. His specialties include capital operation, M&A and restructuring, strategy, value management, and cost optimisation.

Currently Vice President of ENN Ecological since February 2017, and General Manager of Investment Management Dept ENN Group since 2013. Previous roles include Department Head of Business Performance Service with KPMG China and Transformation Service with KPMG Europe.

Executive Team

Kevin Gallagher

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

BEng (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.
 

Anthony Neilson

Anthony Neilson

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.

Philip Byrne

Executive Vice President Marketing & Trading

MA, MSc, DIC

Philip joined Santos in August 2017 and has responsibility for the marketing and trading of all of Santos gas, LNG and liquid hydrocarbon products.

Philip has over 35 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry, starting his career as a Petroleum Geologist in the North Sea. He subsequently spent 14 years with the BG Group in senior commercial and exploration leadership roles in the UK, Europe, Tunisia and India. He spent a further seven years with BHP Petroleum including General Manager Pakistan, President Gas Marketing Asia/Australia, and Country Manager Petroleum Australia. Philip was then seconded as President of the North West Shelf Australia LNG organisation, which is the marketing arm of the North West Shelf LNG project.

Most recently, Philip was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nido Petroleum an ASX listed company with oil production and exploration acreage in the Philippines.

Angus Jaffray

Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Services

BA (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.

Bill Ovenden Santos VP Exploration & Subsurface

Bill Ovenden

Executive Vice President Exploration & Appraisal

BSc (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.

Vince Santostefano

COO Conventional Oil, Gas & LNG Operations

BEng (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.

Brett Woods Santos General Manager WA & NT

Brett Woods

Executive Vice President Onshore Upstream Oil and Gas Developments

BSc (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.

Naomi James

Executive Vice President EHS & Governance

LLB (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. 

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