Get to know the Tullow Oil Board of Directors.

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Rahul Dhir

Chief Executive Officer

In April 2020 Tullow announced the appointment of Rahul Dhir (55, British) as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 July 2020.

Key strengths

Upstream business, exploration, development and operations, executive leadership, capital markets, M&A, environment, health, safety and sustainability.

Experience

Rahul brings substantial leadership experience in the oil and gas industry to Tullow, having founded Delonex Energy, an Africa-focused oil and gas company in 2013. Prior to establishing Delonex, Rahul spent six years at Cairn India as chief executive officer and managing director. Under his leadership Cairn India successfully completed a $2 billion IPO and grew to a market value of nearly $13 billion with operated production of over 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Rahul started his career as a Petroleum Engineer, before moving into investment banking where he led teams at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, advising major oil & gas companies on merger and acquisition and capital market related issues.

Current external roles

Member of the International Board of Advisors at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Dorothy Thompson

Chair

In April 2018, Tullow announced the appointment of Dorothy Thompson (60, British) as independent non-executive Director and Chair-designate of Tullow with effect from the conclusion of the Group’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 25 April 2018. Dorothy took over as Chair on 20 July 2018, following the retirement of Tullow's Chairman and Founder, Aidan Heavey. 

Key strengths

Executive leadership, public company governance and leadership, investor relations, corporate finance, accounting and audit, business development, risk management, technology and innovation.

Experience

Dorothy brings extensive leadership and governance experience to Tullow developed over a 35-year career in business. Dorothy spent 12 years, until the end of 2017, as chief executive officer for Drax Group plc, the international power and energy trading company. Before joining Drax, Dorothy worked for InterGen Services Inc, and PowerGen plc. She started her career in development banking with the Commonwealth Development Corporation and the National Development Bank of Botswana, roles in which Dorothy gained significant experience in emerging markets in Africa. In addition, Dorothy spent nine years as a non-executive director of Johnson Matthey plc. Dorothy holds BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2013.

Current external roles

Dorothy is currently a non-executive director of Eaton Corporation plc, an international power management company, where she chairs the governance committee and serves on the audit committee. In addition, Dorothy is a director of the Court of the Bank of England, where she chairs the audit and risk committee, is the senior independent director and is a member of the nominations committee and the real time gross settlement renewal committee.

  • Chair of
    Nomination Committee
  • Member of
    Safety & Sustainability Committee
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Les Wood

Chief Financial Officer

Les Wood (58, British) was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2017 after acting as Interim CFO for six months.

Key strengths

Upstream business, corporate finance, accounting and audit, business development, risk management, executive leadership, investor and government relations.

Experience

Les brings considerable financial and commercial expertise to Tullow, including major mergers and acquisitions delivery, joining in 2014 as Vice President Commercial and Finance after a 28-year career at BP plc. Les held a number of senior roles at BP plc including chief financial officer for BP plc Canada and BP plc Middle East as well as global head of business development. Les holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, and an MSc in Inorganic Chemistry from Aberdeen University.

Current external roles

None.

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Jeremy Wilson

Senior Independent Director

Jeremy Wilson (56, British) was appointed as a non-executive Director in October 2013.

Key strengths

Corporate finance, accounting and audit, business development, risk management, executive leadership, public company governance and leadership and investor relations.

Experience

Jeremy brings extensive strategic and corporate finance experience to Tullow developed over a 30-year business career. Most recently Jeremy spent 26 years at the investment bank JP Morgan where he held a number of senior executive roles including head of European mergers and acquisitions, co-head of global natural resources and diversified industrials and latterly vice chair of the bank’s energy group. Up until mid-2020 Jeremy was a non-executive director of John Wood Group plc, an international engineering company providing project and technical services to the energy industry, where he served as a senior independent director on the audit and nominations committees and chair of the remuneration committee. Jeremy holds an MSc in Engineering from Cambridge University.

Current external roles

Jeremy is founder, owner and chair of the Lakeland Climbing Centre.

  • Member of
    Audit Committee
  • Chair of
    Remuneration Committee
  • Member of
    Nomination Committee
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Mike Daly

Non-Executive Director

Mike Daly (67, British) was appointed as a non-executive Director in June 2014.

Key strengths

Upstream business, exploration and appraisal executive leadership, business development, executive and public company leadership, technology and innovation, environment, health, safety and sustainability.

Experience

Mike brings significant upstream experience to Tullow from a 40-year career in the oil and gas business. Mike spent 28 years at BP plc where he held a number of senior executive and functional roles within the exploration and production division across Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia, including eight years as head of exploration and new business development. He also served on BP’s executive team as executive vice president exploration, accountable for the leadership of BP’s exploration business. Mike was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic and has served on the advisory board of the British Geological Survey. He is a visiting professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University. He holds a BSc in Geology from the University College of Wales and a PhD in Geology from Leeds University. Mike is also a graduate of the Program for Management Development, Harvard Business School, and in 2014 was awarded The Geological Society of London’s Petroleum Group Medal.

Current external roles

Non-executive director of Compagnie Générale de Géophysique, a global provider of geoscience and geophysical services to the oil and gas industry, where he is chair of the health, safety, environment and sustainable development committee. President of the Geological Society of London, a registered UK charity.

  • Member of
    Remuneration Committee
  • Member of
    Nomination Committee
  • Chair of
    Safety & Sustainability Committee
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Sheila Khama

Non-Executive Director

Sheila Khama (63, African) joined Tullow as a non-executive Director in February 2019.

Key strengths

Extractives project and policy reform, executive leadership, corporate governance, business development, public–private partnership and sustainability.

Experience

Sheila brings to Tullow a wealth of executive experience in the banking and natural resources sectors across Africa. Sheila served as the chief executive officer of De Beers Botswana from 2005 to 2010, after which she served as a director of the extractives advisory programme at the African Centre for Economic Transformation. In 2013, Sheila took up a position as director of the Natural Resources Centre at the African Development Bank, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Sheila subsequently became a policy adviser at the World Bank in Washington in 2016. In both roles she advised host governments on sustainable development policies for natural resources. During this time she also represented the African Development Bank as an observer on the international board of directors of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Sheila holds a BA from the University of Botswana and an MBA from the Edinburgh University Business School.

Current external roles

Sheila is currently a member of the Advisory Panel of LafargeHolcim, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Advisory Board of the Centre for Sustainable Development Investment, Columbia University, and the audit committee of the United Nations Office of Operations, as well as a non-executive director of the Development Partner Institute.

  • Member of
    Safety & Sustainability Committee
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Genevieve Sangudi

Non-Executive Director

Genevieve Sangudi (44, African) joined Tullow as a non-executive Director in February 2019.

Key strengths

Corporate finance, accounting and audit, business development, risk management, executive leadership and investor relations.

Experience

Genevieve brings considerable marketing, investment and fund management experience to Tullow from a 22-year career in the financial sector in the US and across Africa. Genevieve began her career in business development as a marketing executive at Proctor & Gamble, Boston, before joining Emerging Capital Partners, a pan-African private equity firm, as a partner and managing director. At Emerging Capital Partners Genevieve served on the boards of portfolio companies working closely with the executive teams and set up the company’s operations in Nigeria. Since 2011, Genevieve has been managing director, Sub-Saharan Africa, for the American private equity company Carlyle Group, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, leading on a number of significant transactions in Gabon, Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda. Genevieve holds a BA from Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota, an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York, and an MBA from the Columbia Business School, Columbia University.

Current external roles

Genevieve is currently managing director, Sub-Saharan Africa, for the American private equity company Carlyle Group.

  • Member of
    Audit Committee
  • Member of
    Remuneration Committee
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Martin Greenslade

Non-Executive Director

Martin Greenslade (55, British) joined Tullow as a non-executive Director on 1 November 2019.

Key strengths

Corporate finance, accounting and audit, risk management and executive and public company leadership.

Experience

Martin, a chartered accountant, brings extensive corporate financial experience to Tullow from a 32-year career in the property, engineering and financial sectors in the UK and across Africa, Scandinavia and Europe. Since 2005 Martin has been chief financial officer at Land Securities Group plc, a listed UK real estate company. Previously, he spent five years as group finance director of Alvis plc, an international defence and engineering company. Martin holds an MA in Computer and Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program, Stanford University, California.

Current external roles

Martin is currently chief financial officer and board member at Land Securities Group plc. Martin is also a board trustee of the International Justice Mission, a human rights charity focused on protecting the poor from violence and ending human slavery.

  • Member of
    Audit Committee
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Mitchell Ingram

Non-Executive Director

Mitchell Ingram (58, British) joined Tullow as a non-executive Director in September 2020.
 

Key Strengths

Upstream business, corporate finance, accounting and audit, business development, risk
management, executive leadership, investor and government relations.
 

Experience

Mitchell brings a wealth of oil and gas executive experience to Tullow, having established a distinguished career spanning over 28 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Mitchell joined Anadarko in 2015 and became executive vice-president of International, Deep Water, and Exploration in 2018. Prior to this, he served as development director and then asset general manager for the Karachaganack field in Kazakhstan at BG Group, following his time as managing director of QGC Australia. Mitchell began his career at Occidental and spent 22 years in a number of technical and operational roles in the UK North Sea, Qatar and Libya. Mitchell holds a BSc in Engineering Technology from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
 

Current external roles

None.

  • Member of
    Remuneration Committee
  • Member of
    Safety & Sustainability Committee
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Adam Holland

Company Secretary