Leadership

Gavin Prise

Executive Chairman

With more than 35 years in both operating and service sectors, Gavin brings invaluable experience and insight to the Westwood Global Energy Group leadership team. Having initially served as a petroleum engineer at ConocoPhillips and production engineering manager at Hamilton Oil Company, Gavin joined Expro International where he eventually became COO and then CEO. More recently, Gavin has chaired a number of private equity-backed companies to successful exit. These include: Intelligent Well Control, Meta Downhole and Read Cased Hole. He is currently the chairman of start-up technology provider Morphpackers, and an operating partner for EV Private Equity.

Kevin Raby

Board Member

Kevin Raby has over 29 years of industry experience covering energy, analytics, information services, information technology and management consulting. The past several years have included executive leadership roles at IHS (now IHS Markit) and Halliburton’s Landmark business unit. Kevin served as SVP, Energy and Natural Resources, Operations while at IHS, a business unit approximating $1 billion in annual revenue and over 2,000 global colleagues. Prior to IHS and Halliburton, Kevin served as a Vice President/Partner and Atlanta Area Leader at Ernst & Young Consulting (CGEY) and Partner, Accenture Strategy. Kevin holds a BS Degree in Public Accounting and completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Global Management Accountant.

Rune Jensen

Board Member

Rune’s extensive experience of growth and turnaround processes has been garnered from a number of complex sectors, including oil and gas, financial services, publishing, ICT and private equity. With more than 29 years as CEO or managing partner behind him, and direct experience of work across Europe, North America and Asia, Rune offers an essential international perspective at the most senior management and board levels. Some of his most recent successes include: founding Progressus Funds, a private equity fund manager; and serving as CEO at Oslo’s Allianse, an ICT turnaround investment, where he supervised its Initial Public Offering.

Doug Montgomery

Non-Executive Board Member

Doug has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, of which 28 were spent at Wood Mackenzie, where he served as global head of sales and executive director. At Wood Mackenzie he led the company through a management buy-out from Deutsche Bank in 2001, followed by a period of exponential growth. He was responsible for numerous private equity transactions up to and including the eventual sale to Verisk Analytics in 2015. Doug also joined the Energy Software Intelligence Analytics (ESIA) board as a non-executive director in 2016 and is also a non-executive director for Speech Graphics Limited and Libertine FPE Limited.

Ian Norbury

Non-Executive Board Member

Ian is now a highly valued non-executive on the board of Westwood Global Energy Group, having been CEO of Hannon Westwood for 10 years. He is an exploration and development leader, with experience throughout key geographies, including: the UK and Northwest Europe, North Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, South East Asia and the Caspian region. Ian has also worked with Amoco, Conoco and Amerada Hess in exploration, technical and business management roles, and his track record as an oil explorer is well known throughout the industry.

Emma Loomes

Head of Sales & Marketing

With a degree in International Management and Spanish from the University of Bath, Emma started her career in BT Global Services as a relationship manager, before moving to Wood Mackenzie in 2010 where she held a variety of sales roles, from managing a portfolio of Utility clients to looking after some of the region’s largest Upstream companies. She then moved into sales management and most latterly was in charge of the European Energy business. During her time at Wood Mackenzie Emma also led the Wellness Initiative for EMEARC, as well as sitting on the Regional Executive team.

Arindam Das

Head of Consulting

Arindam Das started as a Director in Westwood’s London office in May 2016 and leads the firm’s consulting engagements in Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Arindam has over 15 years of experience in the provision of commercial and financial advisory services to clients in the energy industry. He started his career as a Field Engineer with Baker Hughes in the US Gulf of Mexico, followed by a decade of experience in energy-related Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Raising and Principal Investments. Arindam’s international work experience encompasses India, USA, UK and Canada.Arindam holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MBA (Finance) from Queen’s University in Canada.

Dominic Ferry

Chief Executive Officer

Dominic has over 20 years commercial and operational experience in the oil and gas industry, starting his career during the de-regulation of the UK gas market working for Total. He then moved to Eni to create and lead the operational management of their NW European gas portfolio as well as negotiating the first sales of portfolio gas to industrial and commercial clients outside of Italy. In 2004 Dominic moved to Asia to manage the LNG shipping and operations of the Vico operated Sanga Sanga PSC on behalf of Eni & BP. This was followed by time in Italy as International Contracts & Negotiations Manager for Libya. In 2008 Dominic moved to Wood Mackenzie building their Gas & Power client base before leading their European sales business under private equity ownership. Latterly Dominic defined Wood Mackenzie’s chemical sales strategy after a series of acquisitions. Over his time at Wood Mackenzie Dominic was also an inaugural member of their Gender & Diversity Team working passionately to create opportunity for all. Dominic Joined Westwood in 2018.

Dr Keith Myers

President, Research

Keith Myers is President of Research at Westwood Global Energy, responsible for research across the business. Keith joined BP in 1987, having graduated with a geology PhD at Imperial College. Following a variety of technical roles, he became Senior Commercial Advisor leading several major business negotiations for new business access. He also led strategy for BP’s business in West Africa in the Strategic Alliance with Statoil. After leaving BP in 2000, Keith was an advisor to numerous energy companies on strategy and partnership issues. Keith founded Richmond Energy Partners in 2006 to provide independent advice to investors in smaller oil and gas companies. REP advised some of the largest funds and institutions investing in the sector and provided exploration strategy and benchmarking services for the global exploration industry. REP launched Wildcat, the online global exploration intelligence service in 2014 and REP became part of Westwood Global Energy Group in 2015. Keith takes a keen interest in the oil sector governance and serves as a member of the advisory group for the Natural Resource Governance Institute.

David Clark

Chief Financial Officer

David trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Aberdeen moving from their audit department into Corporate Finance in 2005. Through his time with KPMG, David was involved in executing high profile oilfield service transactions in the international market with a combined value over $1bn and subsequently joined Bank of Scotland’s Integrated Finance division to assist in identifying and executing oilfield service investments. In 2008 David joined private equity backed international oilfield service company Reservoir Group. David was responsible for leading the strategic development and execution of the company’s buy and build strategy, completing over 20 international deals and forming part of the senior management team that achieved five-fold growth in the size of the company culminating in a successful exit to ALS Limited in 2013. David joined Westwood Global Energy in February 2015 to assist the company with the execution of its organic and acquisitive growth aspirations.

Emma Cruickshank

Head of Northwest Europe

As Head of Research for Northwest Europe, Emma is responsible for the delivery of E&P research for the region and the ongoing management, development, and growth of the team and its products. Emma has extensive experience in oil and gas research having spent over 10 years at Wood Mackenzie where she led teams delivering commercial insight to clients in Europe and Asia. An experienced project manager, Emma will be developing relationships with clients and matching their requirements against Westwood Global Energy Group’s research offerings to enhance current products and generate new services.

Graeme Bagley

Head of Global Exploration and Appraisal

Graeme joined Westwood as Head of Global E&A in February 2019. He joined BP in 1984 having completed an MSc in Geophysics at Oxford University. He held a number of technical positions in Oman, UK and Venezuela covering activities from Exploration to Production. Graeme was involved in number of discoveries West of Shetland and the FID of several North Sea fields. He led the application of 4D seismic data over the Foinaven and Schiehallion fields. He spent 7 years in Egypt as Exploration Manager before returning to UK to lead the recruitment, development and deployment of staff in BP’s global exploration organisation. He moved to Maersk Oil in Copenhagen in 2014 as Head of Exploration Technology and Capability before forming his own company, Exploration Excellence Ltd., helping companies to become Great Explorers. As Head of Global E&A for Westwood, Graeme leads the team responsible for the Wildcat product, providing deep technical insight to help companies understand their exploration and appraisal performance and how to improve it.

Thom Payne

Head of Offshore, Rigs & Wells

Thom has been a member of DW’s analyst team since 2006 and is involved in research, market modelling and analysis for a range of sectors throughout the upstream oil & gas supply chain. To date Thom has completed an extensive range of subsea and offshore-related projects for a variety of audiences throughout the financial, government and industry sectors and is an author of DW’s subsea and vessel market reports. Recent experience includes an in-depth market analysis of the Asian EPC market and commercial environment for a major piece of strategy work for a leading Korean EPC firm. Thom is a law graduate from the University of Kent and also holds an MA in Political Sociology with a focus on EU Foreign, Security & Energy policy.

Boyd Skelton

Head of Technology

Boyd is VP of Technology and Data at Westwood Global Energy. He co-founded Energent Group and was previously a Director at Rignet where he relaunched their Products and Solutions Group. Building on his extensive experience of delivering software-as-a-service solutions, Boyd has led the conceptual design and implementation of Westwood’s new OFS platform including Riglogix. He has an MBA from Rice University and in his spare time enjoys coaching junior league baseball.

Gareth Hector

Group Head of Marketing Strategy

Gareth is a B2B marketing and strategy specialist with experience across energy, natural resources and underground construction, spanning the last 20-years. He joined Westwood in 2016, initially responsible for the marketing and sales of Douglas Westwood oilfield services reports and subscriptions. Further to this, Gareth’s remit expanded to include new businesses joining the Group and subsequently, now leads marketing strategy across all Westwood’s business units.

Todd Bush

Head of US Unconventionals

Todd joined Chevron in 2007 following graduate school at Rice University. He led digital oilfield, lean six sigma, and competitive intelligence initiatives for Chevron’s Mid-Continent business unit working with asset teams across the Lower 48. In 2012, he founded Energent Group to deliver market insights to underserved companies across drilling & hydraulic fracturing markets. Using well lifecycle information, Energent provides bottoms-up analysis to guide strategic commercial and operational decisions. Energent works with E&Ps, service, suppliers, and finance companies who need to understand U.S. shale market. In 2017, Energent was acquired by Westwood Global Energy Group to advance the company’s North America commercial intelligence offering. As Upstream shifted to cost efficiencies and completion optimization, Todd focused on completion methods, frac sand, fluids, chemicals, and hydraulic horsepower required to meet shale operator demands.

Ili Afifuddin

Global E&A Business Development Manager

Ili has a deep working knowledge of Geoscience, successfully leading teams to evaluate and enhance the recovery from complex fields with oil majors. She brings 9 years’ experience with international operators where she was a geologist and team leader in PETRONAS and was involved in Business Development projects. She later joined Petrofac as a Senior Geologist involved in appraisal and development projects. Ili joined Westwood in 2018 as a Senior Analyst where she contributed to research reports with a focus on Asia. In her current role as Business Development Manager for Global Exploration & Appraisal, Ili is responsible for Wildcat’s global client engagement, expanding Wildcat product usage as well as new business across the group.

Ryan Becker

Head of Business Development RigLogix

Ryan began his career in oil and gas after a long tenured career within the automotive industry. The majority of Ryan’s automotive career was with Federal Assembly Inc. in business development and marketing. After expanding a staff of in-house QA personnel within a Tier I supplier to Toyota from 30 to as many as 92. Ryan then created a spin-off operation providing on-site sub assembly and QA/QC services to various clients. Ryan applied his business development knowledge and technical experience in entering the oil and gas industry in 2010, joining Flour working in business development and recruitment primarily within the LNG and EPCI teams. Ryan joined Rigzone’s RigLogix team in 2012 providing sales and business development/marketing within the Americas and Asia regions and achieved record new business sales. He continued these efforts through the acquisition of RigLogix by Westwood Global Energy Group in February 2018.

Leslie Kwek

Rigs and Wells Sales Manager

Leslie is a seasoned sales and business development specialist with over a decade of enterprise wide solution sales experience in various industries and a proven track record of business growth, relationship management and winning new business. Leslie applied his sales and business development skillsets and experience when entering the offshore market intelligence industry in 2008, joining ODS-Petrodata, where he started as an Account Manager for China and India markets. After two years, he assumed the role of Head of Asia Pacific sales. During this time Leslie worked with varied clients from national oil companies, independents, financial institutions, service companies and government regulatory authorities offering news, market insights and forecasts for the offshore rig, marine and offshore construction segments of the oil and gas industry. Following the IHS acquisition of ODS-Petrodata in 2011 and subsequently through the merger of IHS and Markit in 2016, Leslie held the role of Head of Upstream Sales at IHS, where he was then responsible for all Upstream energy services including energy asset valuation tools.

Valentino Monroy Gomez

Client Manager

Valentino manages existing client relationships and new business for Westwood Energy’s Atlas & Analytics products in the Aberdeen and London regions. Valentino joined Westwood Energy Group in the summer of 2018 and brings over 5 years of technical experience in the upstream sector. Prior to joining Westwood Energy, Valentino worked as a Geoscience Consultant. He has worked internationally in Houston, Oslo and Port of Spain advising multinational oil and gas companies on geological processes using advanced modelling software. He has also worked as an Exploration Geologist for an oil and gas operator, focusing on prospectivity in the Central North Sea. Valentino holds an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and a BSc with Hons in Geology and Physical Geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Alex Akselberg

Client Manager

Alex has over 6 years of Sales, Business Development, and Account Management Experience, 5 of which have been in the E&P Sector. After working in oil & gas recruitment for 3 years, he broadened his knowledge in the sub-surface disciplines and supported operators in building their teams of geologists and reservoir engineers worldwide. In 2016, Alex joined Interfax Global Energy as Sales and Business Development Manager for the global LNG sector, where he was responsible for providing insight to energy companies through pricing forecasts and analysis.

In June 2018, Alex joined Westwood Global Energy Group as Client Manager for the company’s Northwest Europe focus. He is currently responsible for client engagement, retention of business as well as new business development across the UK, Norway and the Netherlands. He works closely with the research, consulting and the wider sales teams to drive growth.

Alex is fluent in Norwegian and has a Bachelors in Geography from Keele University.

Wendy DiBenedetto

Accounts and Client Services Manager

Wendy has held various roles within the oil and gas industry since 1998 with responsibilities including product development, project management, change leadership, software engineering and client management. After eight years with an international reservoir geomechanics firm, Wendy joined the RigLogix’s team in mid-2011 as a data analyst. She quickly assumed the responsibility for both sales and support and eventually created Client Services for all the group’s emerging products. Wendy is now responsible for the management of RigLogix client accounts and all technical support and training. In addition, she is responsible for product development coordination and marketing support. Wendy assisted in performing the team’s due diligence during the acquisition of RigLoix by Westwood Global Energy Group in February 2018.

Alicia Dunsmore

RigLogix Sales Manager EMEA

Alicia started her career over 10 years ago when she joined Oilcareers.com as a Sales Administrator whilst studying full time for her degree at Robert Gordon University. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Business Administration Alicia moved into an Account Manager role with Oilcareers looking after accounts globally. In 2015 Oilcareers was acquired by Rigzone and Alicia took up a role as Sales Manager within the RigLogix team covering new and existing accounts in EMEA.