Last updated: 17 Aug 2017 02:59 GMT
Murat Özgül has 20 years’ experience in the defence, satellite and oil and gas sectors. He joined Genel Energy in 2008 as Chief Commercial Officer and was responsible for leading its merger with Vallares PLC in 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Murat was the CEO of INTA Spaceturk, an imaging satellite operating company, and held engineering and managerial positions at Roketsan and INTA Defense. He holds a BSc and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.
Esa Ikaheimonen joined Genel Energy as CFO in July 2017. He has over 25 years of oil and gas industry experience, most recently as CFO of publicly listed offshore drilling companies Transocean and Seadrill. Prior to that, he had a c.20 year career at Royal Dutch Shell, culminating in the role of Vice President Finance for Shell Africa E&P. Esa currently serves as a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Vantage Drilling. He holds a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Turku, specialising in tax law and tax planning.
Paul has thirty five years’ management and technical experience encompassing all aspects of the upstream oil and gas business. He started his petroleum engineering career at Shell in 1981, subsequently working with Enterprise Oil, Tuscan Energy and Hess. Paul joined Hess in 2006, holding a number of senior roles. Immediately prior to joining Genel, Paul was the most senior Hess representative in the management team for the Carigali Hess Operating Company, a significant Malaysian joint venture company operating in the Malaysia Thailand Joint Development Area. Paul holds a BSC Honours degree in Chemistry from Bristol University, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Pars Kutay joined Genel Energy in December 2010. Pars is responsible for developing, co-ordinating and implementing policies on government and public affairs as regards countries where we operate. Pars was a partner at AB Consultancy and Investment Services from 1995 to 2010. Between 1984 and 1995 he served in Turkey’s Undersecretariat of Treasury and Foreign Trade. He is a graduate of Law from Ankara University and holds degrees in International Finance and Environmental Law from Ankara University.
Stephen Mitchell has practiced as a lawyer for over 30 years. Prior to joining the Company he was Vice President – Group Legal with BHP Billiton plc and prior to that he was Group General Counsel and Head of Risk Management at Reuters Group plc, in which he advised on a broad range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and compliance. Stephen was a partner in Freehills in Australia for six years prior to joining Reuters and holds a BEc and LLB from Monash University in Australia.
Elliot joined Vallares PLC in 2011 and advised on the merger with Genel Energy that year, following which he has worked at Genel in a variety of commercial roles. Prior to joining Vallares, Elliot worked in Ethiopia for 12 months as a consultant to the Coffee Initiative Project, established by the Bill Gates Foundation. From 2006 to 2010 he worked at Goldman Sachs in their leveraged finance and natural resources M&A teams in Australia. Elliot holds a BEc and LLB from the University of Sydney.
Gozde has over 20 years’ experience in the telecom, consultancy, FMCG and media sectors. She joined Genel Energy in 2014 as Head of Human Resources for Turkey and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Prior to joining the Company, Gozde worked in different HR management roles at Turkcell, the leading Turkish telecoms company, and held HR positions at DDI-Development Dimensions International and Coca-Cola. She started her career in Turkish Radio and Television in 1992 as a News Reader. Gozde holds a BSc in Psychology from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and an Executive-MBA certification from the Koc University in Istanbul.