Dr. William (Bill) Higgs joined Genel in November 2017. Bill has nearly 30 years of global exploration, development and operations experience, including over five years in executive roles for independent E&P companies. He is a qualified geologist with extensive expertise in all engineering and other technical and commercial aspects of hydrocarbon development and production. Most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Ophir Energy plc, he was responsible for managing the global asset portfolio. Prior to joining Ophir he was CEO of Mediterranean Oil and Gas, overseeing the successful sale of the company in 2014. Bill previously spent 23 years at Chevron across a number of global roles, including responsibility for reservoir management of the giant Tengiz oil and sour gas field in Kazakhstan.
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 is currently a non-executive director and and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Independent Oil & Gas, and was formerly a non-executive director at Vantage Drilling. He holds a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Turku, specialising in tax law and tax planning.
Formerly Head of Exploration and New Business, Mike was appointed as Technical Director on 1 June 2019, with responsibility for all pre-production activities relating to exploration, appraisal, and new business, as well as the subsurface department. Mike has 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in a wide variety of exploration, exploitation and global business development roles. Prior to joining Genel in 2012, Mike worked in a series of technical and leadership positions for companies including British Gas, Amerada Hess, Gulf Keystone Petroleum and Sterling Energy. Mike holds a MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College London and is a Fellow of the Geological Society.
Paul Joined Genel as Chief Operating Officer in January 2020. Paul has over 30 years of global experience in oil and gas operations. Prior to Tullow Oil, he previously spent 13 years at Talisman, where he was VP Production & Exploration, leading operations at block PM3 at the Malaysia/Vietnam maritime border, Talisman's largest operated asset. He previously worked at Nippon Oil and Total Fina Elf.
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.
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.
Previously Genel's Head of HSE, VK was appointed Head of HSE and Risk Management on 1 June 2019. VK has 30 years of experience in oil and gas industry. Immediately prior to joining Genel, he was Vice President for HSSE for BG Group, UK. In the beginning of his career he worked with ONGC and Enron Oil & Gas at offshore oil and gas platforms in operational roles across projects, maintenance and production for twelve years and became an offshore installation manager. Then he moved to HSSE management and worked in India, UK, North Africa and South America for BG Group delivering transformational performance improvement. VK holds a B.Tech Honours in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Indian Institute of Technology.
Luke joined Vallares PLC in October 2011, becoming Deputy Financial Controller at the merged Genel Energy later that year, and Group Financial Controller in April 2015. Luke spent the seven years prior to joining Vallares at KPMG, where he was a Department Senior Manager and Head of the Energy and Natural Resources audit department. Luke holds an LLB from the University of Sheffield.
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.