Leadership

Gabriel de Alba

Chairman

Gabriel de Alba is a Managing Director and Partner of The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. Mr. de Alba’s responsibilities at Catalyst have included acting as a director or senior officer of various Catalyst portfolio companies, including Natural Markets Restaurants Corp., World Color Press Inc., Cable Satisfaction International Inc. and Geneba Properties. Mr. de Alba is currently the chairman of the board of directors of Therapure Biopharma Inc., Gateway Casinos & Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment. Mr. de Alba is also a director and CoChairman of CGX.

Prior to joining Catalyst at its inception in 2002, Mr. de Alba worked at AT&T Latin America. Mr. de Alba was a founding member of the Bank of America International Merchant Banking Group and, prior to that, worked in Bankers Trust’s New York Merchant Banking Group.

Mr. de Alba is fluent in five languages and holds a double B.S. in Finance and Economics from the NYU Stern School of Business, an M.B.A. from Columbia University and has completed graduate courses in Mathematics, Information Technology and Computer Sciences at Harvard University.

W. Ellis Armstrong

Director

W. Ellis Armstrong is a chartered engineer with over 35 years international oil and gas industry experience with BP in Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, Alaska and the North Sea. He held senior strategy, commercial, technical and operational roles with BP and was also the Chief Financial Officer for the group’s global exploration and production business. Dr. Armstrong was an independent director of Lamprell plc until he retired in May 2018 and of Interoil Plc until it was acquired by Exxon in 2017. Dr. Armstrong is currently an independent director at Lloyds Register Group, a leading international risk assurance firm.

Dr. Armstrong has a BSc and PhD in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford Business School.

Luis F. Alarcon

Director

Luis F. Alarcón Mantilla is a Colombian executive with a long record in the Colombian business environment. Mr. Alarcon started his career as a consultant, participating in several studies in the fields of energy, agriculture, water resources and environmental planning. During the 1980s, he was the Head of the Public Investment Unit at the National Planning Department, General Director-Budget at the Ministry of Finance, Energy Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and Deputy Minister and later Minister of Finance and Public Credit under the government of President Virgilio Barco. He then assumed the roles of Executive Director, representing Colombia and Peru at the IADB and Chief Executive Officer of Flota Mercante GranColombiana (Colombian Merchant Fleet), a position he held for six years. Between 1997 and 2000 he served as Director and General Manager for PetroColombia S.A. and in 2001 he joined Asofondos de Colombia (Colombian Association of Pension Funds) as Executive President of the association until 2007. For the next eight years, Mr. Alarcón served as Chief Executive Officer of Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. E.S.P., a Colombian listed infrastructure company operating throughout Latin America and focused on electric power transmission, road concessions, telecommunications transmission and management of real-time systems.

Mr. Alarcón previously served as chairman of the board of directors of Grupo SURA and as a member of the board of directors of Emgesa S.A. E.S.P.

He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Almacenes Éxito, one of the largest corporations in Colombia, and is a member of the board of directors of Edemco S.A., an electric power infrastructure construction company and Fundacion Plan, a non-profit Colombian civil society organization. He is also a member of the board of trustees and the Executive Committee of Universidad de los Andes.

Mr. Alarcon is a Civil Engineer with a degree from Universidad de Los Andes (1975) and obtained a Master’s in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979). In 1995 he attended the Advanced Management Program at Oxford University.

Orlando Cabrales Segovia

Director

Orlando Cabrales Segovia has over 30 years of experience in the public and private energy sector in Colombia, including as Vice Minister of Energy of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Colombia between 2013 and 2014 and as the President of the ANH from 2011 to 2013.

Mr. Cabrales held senior roles at BP in Latin America and has been on the boards of numerous companies in Colombia including Isagen S.A., Tuscany Drilling, Cenit and ISA.

Mr. Cabrales earned an undergraduate degree in Law from Pontifical Javeriana University and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Boston College.

Raymond Bromark

Director

Raymond J. Bromark is a certified public accountant and retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) where he served for almost 40 years. Mr. Bromark joined PwC’s staff in Chicago in 1967 and was later transferred to the National Office (New York) in 1977. Afterwards, he was appointed to the Boston Office (1983) and in 1990 he was selected as Deputy Vice Chairman of Auditing and Business Advisory Services (ABS) for the firm. From 1994 through 2000, he was the Global Engagement Partner responsible for reporting on E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company’s financial statements. During the five years prior to his retirement in 2006, he led the PwC Professional, Technical, Risk and Quality Group.

Mr. Bromark was a member of the board of World Color Press (commercial and industrial printing) from 2009 to 2010 when the company merged into another company. He was a Director and Chair of the Audit and Ethics Committee for YRC Worldwide Inc. (a transportation service provider) until December 2019, a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Tesoro Logistics GP LLC (an operator, developer and acquirer of crude oil, refined products and natural gas logistics assets) until its merger with Marathon Petroleum Corporation in October 2018, and a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of CA Inc. (a provider of information technology management software solutions) prior to its acquisition by Broadcom in November 2018.

In December 2019, Mr. Bromark joined the advisory board of The Sigfried Group (a provider of human resources with finance competencies). Mr. Bromark is also a member of the Canadian Directors Network.

Mr. Bromark earned a BS degree in Business Management from Quincy University and is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

René Burgos Díaz

Director

René Burgos Díaz is a financial markets executive with approximately 20 years of experience in investment management, leveraged financing, restructuring and financial advisory expertise across multiple industries and geographies, specifically in Latin America. In his current role, he is the Head of USD Private Credit for Latin America for Compass Group. Prior to joining Compass Group, Mr. Burgos Díaz held the position of Director in the Emerging Markets team at CarVal Investors, a leading global alternative investment management firm with $10 billion in assets under management. Mr. Burgos Díaz has also held roles at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America, including the role of Director with Deutsche Bank’s Emerging Markets Structured Credit Trading team. Mr. Burgos Díaz also currently serves on the board of Currie Co Inc., a synthetic biology company.

Mr. Burgos Díaz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from the Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Russell Ford

Director

Russell Ford is a senior executive with more than 35 years of experience within the global oil and gas industry. He started his career at Shell’s E&P business in 1981 as a production engineer working in upstream. Afterwards, he served in a series of technical, operational and leadership roles across a number of onshore and deep-water assets, in upstream research, and as head of M&A for North America. Mr. Ford has served as Head of EP Strategy and Portfolio (2003-2004), and has held several positions in Royal Dutch Shell such as Private Assistant to its Chief Executive (2004-2005), Vice President over upstream onshore and offshore development in the Western Hemisphere (2005-2009), Executive Vice President Onshore (2009-2012), and Executive Vice President of Contracting and Procurement (2013-2015) leading Royal Dutch Shell Group’s global supply chain activities.

He served as Chairman of the Board of AeraEnergy from 2012 until 2015 and is currently a member of the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute External Advisory Board. Since retiring from Shell in June 2015, he has advised companies and financial institutions on project-specific matters.

Mr. Ford has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from California State University.

Veronique Giry

Director

Veronique Giry has over 30 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry. Ms. Giry currently serves as Director and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ISH Energy Limited in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ms. Giry’s career has included senior management roles at the Alberta energy regulator and Total Exploration & Production where she has held roles in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Ms. Giry also sits as a volunteer on the board of Alliance Francaise of Calgary. Ms. Giry earned a Master’s of Science in Engineering, degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, France, with a major in Mechanics.

Richard Herbert

CEO

Richard Herbert joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer in April 2018. Prior to his appointment, he served on the Board from December 21, 2017 to March 27, 2018. Mr. Herbert is a petroleum geologist with over 39 years of experience in the global upstream industry. He currently serves as an independent director of Petroleum Geo-Services. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Herbert served as Chief Operating Officer, Exploration at BP.

Alejandro Piñeros 

CFO

Alejandro Piñeros joined the Company in 2017. He previously served as Corporate Finance Director and Corporate Vice President, Strategy & Planning prior to his appointment in April 2020. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Piñeros was Chief Financial Officer of IVI, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Planning at Summum Energy and Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration at Propilco/Essentia, which is part of the Ecopetrol group. Mr. Piñeros also worked for six years at McKinsey & Company as Engagement Manager and and associate.

Renata Campagnaro

Corporate Vice President, Marketing, Logistics and Business Sustainability  

Renata Campagnaro has over 39 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Ms. Campagnaro has been with the Company since 2010. Prior to her current role, she has held a number of positions with the Company, including Corporate Vice President of Supply, Transport and Trading and Executive Vice President of Supply and Transport.

Duncan Nightingale

Corporate Vice President, Field Development, Reservoir Management, Exploration and Business Development

Duncan Nightingale has over 30 years of oil and gas exploration and development experience. Prior to joining the Company in 2017, Mr. Nightingale held various executive management positions with Gran Tierra Energy from 2009 to 2017. These included President, interim CEO, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Exploration. He currently serves as member of the board of directors CGX.

Ivan Arevalo

Corporate Vice President, Operations

Ivan Arevalo has more than 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Arevalo has been with the company for more than 14 years. Prior to his current role, he has held a number of positions with the Company, in Colombia managing Heavy oil assets and leading the operation of Frontera Energy in Peru and Ecuador during the last 4 years.

Andrew Kent

General Counsel

Andrew Kent joined the Company in September 2018. Previously, he was Managing Partner and then National Senior Partner of the Canadian law firm McMillan LLP, where he practiced corporate law for over 30 years.

Audit Committee

  • Raymond Bromark (Chair)
  • Ellis Armstrong
  • Russell Ford
  • René Burgos Díaz

 

Compensation and Human Resources Committee

  • Gabriel de Alba (Chair)
  • Russell Ford
  • Orlando Cabrales

 

Corporate Governance, Nominating and Sustainability Committee

  • Luis Fernando Alarcon (Chair)
  • Ellis Armstrong
  • Veronique Giry