Gabriel de Alba
Gabriel de Alba is a Managing Director and Partner of 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, Geneba Properties, Advantage Rent-A-Car, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, Therapure Biopharma, World Color Press, Cable Satisfaction International/Cabovisão and Sonar Entertainment. Catalyst and funds managed by it have, since 2002, been involved in numerous distressed and/or under-valued situations including (in addition to the portfolio companies previously referred to) AT&T Canada, Call-Net Inc., Stelco, IMAX Corporation, Calpine Power Income Fund, Countryside Power Income Fund, Canwest, SFX Entertainment, The Fresh Market and YRC Worldwide.
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 BS in Finance and Economics from the NYU Stern School of Business, an MBA from Columbia University and has completed graduate courses in Mathematics, Information Technology and Computer Sciences at Harvard University.
Luis F. Alarcon
Luis F. Alarcon is a seasoned Colombian executive. Mr. Alarcon started his career as a consultant working for a local firm and participating in several studies in the fields of energy, agriculture, water resources and environmental planning. He has served as the Head of the Public Investment Unit at the National Planning Department, an Energy Economist within the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IADB) Department of Project Analysis and a Deputy Minister and later as Minister of Finance and Public Credit under the government of President Virgilio Barco.
He was appointed as Executive Director, representing Colombia and Peru at the IABD just before returning to Colombia to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Flota Mercante GranColombiana (Colombian Merchant Fleet), a position he held during seven 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 President of the association until 2007.
For the next 8 years, Mr. Alarcon served as Chief Executive Officer of Interconexión Eléctrica S.A.
Mr. Alarcon is a Civil Engineer with a degree from Universidad de los Andes (1975) and obtained a Masters in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979). In 1995 he attended the Advanced Management Program at Oxford University.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Sura and Almacenes Exito, two of the largest holdings in Colombia, and is a member of the Board of Riopaila-Castilla, one of the main sugar and bioenergy companies in the country. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Universidad de los Andes.
W. Ellis Armstrong
Ellis Armstrong is a chartered engineer with over 35 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry 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 is an independent director of Lamprell plc and Lloyds Register Group, a leading international risk assurance firm. Dr. Armstrong has a BS and PhD in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford Business School.
Raymond Bromark is a certified public accountant and retired partner of 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers 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 currently serves as Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for YRC Worldwide Inc. (a transportation service provider), Tesoro Logistics GP LLC (an operator, developer and acquirer of crude oil, refined products and natural gas logistics assets), and CA Inc. (a leading provider of information technology management software and solutions).
Mr. Bromark earned a BS degree in Business Management from Quincy University and is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Audit Committee Chair Advisory Group.
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.
More recently, he led Royal Dutch Shell Group’s global supply chain activities as Executive Vice President of Contracting and Procurement (2013-2015). Prior to that he was Executive Vice President Onshore (2009-2012) with responsibility for drilling, development, and producing operations for the North American onshore unconventional/shale portfolio.
This followed assignments as a Vice President over upstream onshore and offshore development in the Western Hemisphere (2005-2009), Private Assistant to Shell’s Chief Executive (2004-2005), and Head of EP Strategy and Portfolio (2003-2004).
Mr. Ford has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from California State University. He served as Chairman of the Board of AeraEnergy from 2012 until 2015.
He 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.
Camilo Marulanda is a Colombian executive with robust experience in the oil and gas sector. Mr. Marulanda began his career at Procter & Gamble. In 2003, he joined Colombia’s state oil company Ecopetrol, one of the four main petroleum producers in Latin America, where he developed an extensive career occupying several different managerial positions over 12 years. During his first tenure at Ecopetrol (2003-2013), Mr. Marulanda served as Head of the Marketing Department, National Sales Manager, Supply and Marketing Vice President and Strategy and Growth Corporate Vice President.
In 2012, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos (hydrocarbons logistics and transportation), a subsidiary of Ecopetrol that manages all the midstream assets of the group. After two years, he was selected to serve as Chief Operating Officer for Ecopetrol where he remained until 2015.
Mr. Marulanda earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes, where he also finished a specialization in Marketing and an Executive MBA.
He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Ashmore-CAF Asset Management in Colombia.
Richard Herbert is a petroleum geologist with over 36 years of experience in the global upstream industry. He started his career with Phillips Petroleum, where he worked as a geologist on a range of projects in west Africa and the North Sea. Afterwards, he spent 19 years with BP where he worked on international exploration and development projects in Thailand, Mexico, USA, Colombia, Venezuela, Angola, and the UK North Sea. Between 2003 and 2008, Mr. Herbert worked for TNK-BP in Russia initially as Exploration Vice President and subsequently as Executive Vice President of Technology. He then joined Talisman Energy as Exploration Vice President before returning to BP in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, Exploration. Mr. Herbert retired from BP at the end of 2016.
Mr. Herbert earned a bachelor’s degree in Geology with honors from the University of Bristol.
He was a board member at EQUION in Colombia for a period of three years and currently serves as an independent director of Petroleum Geo-Services.
Chief Executive Officer
Barry Larson was appointed as CEO of the Company in February 2017, prior to that he served as a director. He has over 40 years of oil and gas industry experience, 21 of which have been with operations at the international level. Early in his career he worked fourteen years for Wintershall Canada as a Drilling and Production Superintendent. From 1994 until 1998 he was stationed in Argentina with Chauvco Resources International, where he received extensive operating experience first as a Drilling Manager, as Manager of Operations, and later as Vice President of Operations.
From August 1999 to May 2004, Mr. Larson was co-founder and Vice President of Aventura Energy Inc., a company with operations in Argentina as well as in Trinidad & Tobago. Afterwards, he joined Petro Andina Resources Inc. where he served from 2005 to 2009 as Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. After the takeover by Parex Resources Inc., he held the same position for the company during seven years until retiring in 2016.
Mr. Larson holds a Diploma in Hydrocarbon Engineering Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is currently a member of the board of directors for Madalena Energy Inc. (TSXV – MVN).
Corporate Vice President, Operations
Camilo Valencia is a Colombian executive. He has worked for the Company for over ten years in various capacities including Drilling Manager, Operations Manager, General Manager, Executive Vice President and President of Pacific E&P Peru (where he was in charge of developing the offshore and jungle operations). He also led the Mexican unit of Pacific E&P in 2014.
Corporate Vice President, Supply, Transportation & Trading
Renata Campagnaro has been with the Company since 2010. She is a Venezuelan executive and a Chemical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, and has 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily focused on supply operation, trading, and business development activities.
Ms. Campagnaro began her career at Petróleos de Venezuela in 1980 and has held several management position during her 23-year tenure which have included Managing Director of Petróleos de Venezuela Do Brasil, and Supply and Logistics Operation Manager in Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. She also worked for Vetra Exploration and Production Colombia S.A., a Colombian oil and gas producer.
Ms. Campagnaro currently serves as a Director on the Boards of Oleoducto Bicentenario, Oleoducto de los Llanos and Oleoducto de Colombia, S.A.
Corporate Vice President, Exploration
Erik Lyngberg is a Canadian executive with more than 30 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry. He began his career in 1984 at Shell working on a variety of exploration projects in Alberta and the Mackenzie Delta region. Subsequently, he worked at numerous oil and gas companies serving in various technical positions including exploration and development, tar sands, exploitation, coal bed methane, business development and asset valuation. He was the Vice President of Exploration at Petrominerales Ltd. from 2008 to 2010, Chief Geologist of Petrobank Energy from 2001 to 2008, and Senior Geologist for Newport Petroleum/ Hunt Oil Canada from 1998 to 2001.
Since 2008, Mr. Lyngberg has been primarily focused on exploration and production activities in South America. From August 2008 to November 2013, Mr. Lyngberg held various senior executive roles within Petrominerales Ltd., including Senior Vice President, Exploration. In November 2013, Mr. Lyngberg joined the Company as Vice President, Technical, and was responsible for, among other things, managing the Company’s technical office in Calgary. Mr. Lyngberg has been Corporate Vice President of Exploration & Development since December 2016. He holds a Master’s degree in Geology and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia.
Corporate Vice President, Capital Markets
Grayson Andersen has over 18 years of oil and gas and capital markets industry experience, 10 of which have been spent in the UK as a specialist salesperson with Macquarie Capital, Simmons & Company and Credit Suisse. During 2016 he has been providing capital markets advisory services to GeoPark Limited (GPRK on the NYSE). Prior to moving to the UK, Mr. Andersen was Manager of Investor Relations for Canadian National Resources Limited (CNQ on the TSX and NYSE), in Calgary, Canada.
Mr. Andersen is a CPA, CA and spent five years in the oil and gas assurance practice of KPMG in Calgary, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Corporate Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Communications
Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Communications
Jeremy Kaliel has over 12 years’ experience in equity research at CIBC, Scotia Capital, and Raymond James – during which time he was ranked as the number 1 sell-side analyst in the Canadian High-Payout E&P sector multiple times. During 2016, Mr. Kaliel also worked as a capital markets & communications advisor to Cona Resources Ltd. (CONA on the TSX), in Calgary, Canada.
Mr. Kaliel holds an MBA degree from HEC Montreal, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta.
Corporate Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Fonseca has over 23 years of finance and investment banking experience, including five years as Manager of Business Development at Frontera and predecessor companies. Prior to that Mr. Fonseca held various investment banking roles over an 18 year career with Citibank, BBVA, and CAF. Mr. Fonseca holds a Bachelor (Honors) of Science in Economics from Buckingham University (UK) and a Masters (Honors) in International Finance from University of Glasgow (UK).
Corporate Vice President, Development & Reservoir Management
Mr. Nightingale has over 30 years of international oil and gas, corporate head office and resident in-country operating experience. Areas of International E&P experience include all aspects of managing exploration programs, development and production operations, new business ventures and portfolio management. Regions worked include the Latin America, Middle East and Far East, C.I.S, North Sea, Eastern Europe, Australasia, North, East and West Africa. Mr. Nightingale has a proven track record of value creation and the ability to create and manage highly efficient and successful multi-disciplinary teams. He has held multiple executive management positions, including President, interim CEO and COO of Gran Tierra Energy in Colombia and other senior management international roles with EnCana International, Nexen International and Atlantic Richfield (ARCO). Mr. Nightingale holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from the University of Nottingham.
Corporate Vice President, Legal & Head of Legal Colombia
Mrs. Bonilla has over 15 years of experience in the Oil & Gas sector, specializing in transnational mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and corporate finance. She has participated in hydrocarbon projects in multiple jurisdictions in Latin America. Before joining Frontera, Mrs. Bonilla worked for BP and several international and domestic law firms in Bogota, Colombia.
General Counsel and Secretary
Peter Volk is a Canadian executive and lawyer with over 30 years of experience in the extractive sector. Mr. Volk has been General Counsel of the Company and its predecessors since 2004 and has acted as General Counsel and Secretary of Coalcorp, a coal mining exploration and development company; and Bolívar Gold Corp., a gold producer, among other companies. Mr. Volk has also worked in the securities group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, and at Anderson Mori, Japan’s largest law firm.
Mr. Volk is an attorney with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University in Nebraska, USA. He earned his law degree and MBA from York University in Toronto, Canada.
- Raymond Bromark (Chair)
- Ellis Armstrong
- Russell Ford
Compensation and Human Resources Committee
- Gabriel de Alba (Chair)
- Russell Ford
Corporate Governance, Nominating and Sustainability Committee
- Luis Fernando Alarcon (Chair)
- Ellis Armstrong
- Camilo Marulanda