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Christopher O. Champion 

Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting officer and Controller

Mr. Champion currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller and is responsible for overseeing Anadarko's accounting functions. He has more than 22 years of experience in the accounting industry.

He joined Anadarko in 2015 from KPMG LLP, where he served as the company’s national audit leader for oil and natural gas. He began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP in 1992.

Mr. Champion holds a bachelor's degree in business administration – accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Benjamin M. Fink

Senior Vice President

Mr. Fink was named Senior Vice President in February 2017. He also serves as a director and President and CEO of Western Gas Holdings, LLC, the general partner of Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP). Mr. Fink previously served as Vice President, Finance of Anadarko and Sr. Vice President and CFO of the general partner of WES from 2009 to February 2017 and as Sr. Vice President and CFO of the general partner of WGP since its formation in 2012 to February 2017.

Mr. Fink was Director, Finance of Anadarko from April 2007 to May 2009, during which time he was responsible for principal oversight of the finance operations of an Anadarko subsidiary, Anadarko Algeria Company, LLC. From August 2006 to April 2007, Mr. Fink served as an independent financial consultant to Anadarko in its Beijing, China, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, offices. Prior to joining Anadarko, Mr. Fink held executive management positions at Prosoft Learning Corporation, including serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer, and co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Meta4 Group Limited. Previously, Mr. Fink held positions of increasing responsibility at Prudential Capital Group and Prudential Asset Management Asia, where he focused on the negotiation, structuring and execution of private debt and equity investments.

Mr. Fink holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Joseph A. Flake

Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning

Mr. Flake was named Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning in March 2018. Prior to that he served as Vice President, , Corporate Planning and Director of Strategic Planning responsible for long-range planning, management of the corporate financial modeling process, competitor benchmarking and intelligence, commodity markets analysis, and enterprise risk management.

Mr. Flake has more than 26 years of experience in the oil & gas and chemical industries and has worked in a variety of technical, operations, financial and planning positions in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas, Australia, Germany and Belgium.

Mr. Flake holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma, an MBA with Finance/Economics concentration from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Houston.

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Ian A. Perks

Senior Vice President, Mozambique LNG

Ian Perks was named Senior Vice President, Mozambique LNG, in March 2018. He previously served as Vice President, Mozambique LNG and Vice President, Capital Project Development. Mr. Perks has 25 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He joined Anadarko in August 2016 from BG Group where he most recently served as the Upstream Asset Director for QGC Australia, overseeing upstream project delivery, drilling and production operations. Previously, he held positions with BG as President of BG Tunisia, Asset General Manager of North and West Africa Business Development, and Vice President of BG Trinidad and Tobago. In Trinidad, he was accountable for BG’s upstream, midstream and downstream assets including the successful start-ups of LNG Trains 1-4.

Mr. Perks holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Loughborough University.

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Larry J. Abston

Vice President, Corporate Audit

Mr. Abston joined Anadarko in August 2008. He has more than 30 years of experience in providing business advisory, project management and auditing services to large multi-national energy companies. Mr. Abston began his career in 1983 with Price Waterhouse LLP, in Dallas. He later served two years as Manager of Accounting Policy and Research at Amoco Corporation in Chicago. In 1998, he rejoined the Houston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he served as Managing Director of Internal Audit Services prior to joining Anadarko as Vice President, Corporate Audit.

Mr. Abston holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He previously served as President of the Houston Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and as Chairman of the Internal Audit Subcommittee of the American Petroleum Institute. He currently is President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.

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S. Michael Beattie

Vice President, Project Management

Mr. Beattie was named Vice President, Project Management in October 2017. He leads a team responsible for offshore and onshore project management. Mr. Beattie previously served as Director, International and Deepwater Project Management.

He has been involved in deepwater projects for Anadarko since 1997, serving as project manager for the Caesar-Tonga project in the Gulf of Mexico, the Peregrino development offshore Brazil and the Constitution field development in the central Gulf of Mexico. His career began in 1989 with Exxon Production Research Company’s Offshore Division where he worked as an engineer in the design of offshore production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast Asia. He later joined Enercon Engineering as a supervisor in the structural engineering department.

Mr. Beattie holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Brittany D. Benko

Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)

Ms. Benko was named Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in July 2018. She most recently served as Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety for Chesapeake Energy, which included responsibility for regulatory programs such as the implementation of processes to comply with federal and state regulations and technical input to facility design, ongoing operations, incident investigations and the resolution of violations.

Ms. Benko has nearly 20 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry having started her career in 2000 with BP as an environmental professional supporting the company’s San Juan Basin development in various safety, environment and operations management roles. She later moved into a special assignment accountable for greenhouse gas management across BP’s North America Gas business and advocacy for increased utilization of natural gas. She served in a number of roles with increasing responsibility including Chief of Staff to BP’s Science, Technology, Environment and Regulatory Affairs team, followed by a role as Senior Director Regulatory of BP’s Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Onshore and Alaska businesses. She joined Chesapeake in 2012 as the Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs, became the Director of Environment in 2013 and was promoted to Vice President in 2014.

Ms. Benko holds a Master of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska and Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Chemistry from Weber State University.

 

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Jaime R. Casas

Vice President, Finance

Mr. Casas was named Vice President, Finance in May 2017. He also serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the general partners of Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP).

Prior to joining Western Gas, Mr. Casas served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. from October 2016 until the company’s sale in April 2017. Previously, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the general partner of LRR Energy, L.P., a publicly traded exploration and production master limited partnership and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Laredo Energy, a privately held oil and gas company.

Mr. Casas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

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John M. Christiansen

Vice President, Corporate Communications

Mr. Christiansen was named Vice President, Corporate Communications in October 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the company’s media relations, public affairs, internal communications, external communications including the company’s website and digital communications platforms, as well as its ever-increasing Corporate Social Responsibility coordination and reporting. Mr. Christiansen has more than 12 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, after spending the first eight years of his career in radio broadcasting. He began his career with the company in 2004, and since that time has held positions of increasing responsibility in external communications and public affairs including Specialist, Manager and Director. 

Mr. Christiansen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcasting from the University of Wyoming. 

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Mita H. Desai

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Ms. Desai was named Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, in August 2018. She most recently served as Associate General Counsel, Gulf of Mexico and E&P Services. Ms. Desai joined Anadarko in 2002 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility in the company’s Legal Department, including support of major capital projects, acquisitions and divestitures, worldwide drilling, and midstream operations.

Ms. Desai holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

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Todd G. Durkee

Vice President, Deepwater Drilling and Completions

Mr. Durkee was named Vice President, Deepwater Drilling and Completions in March 2017 and is responsible for overseeing Anadarko’s Gulf of Mexico and International Exploration drilling and completion operations. He began his career in 1988 with Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Corporation and has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility within the drilling and completions organizations.

Mr. Durkee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University. He is a member of the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors. Mr. Durkee serves on API’s Drilling and Production Operations subcommittee.

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Robin H. Fielder

Vice President, Investor Relations

Ms. Fielder was named Vice President, Investor Relations in September 2016. She most recently served as Midstream Corporate Planning Manager following her role as Director, Investor Relations. Ms. Fielder has nearly 15 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, beginning her career with Anadarko in 2002. She has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including General Manager of East Texas and North Louisiana, Worldwide Operations Business Advisor and various exploration and operations engineering positions in both the U.S. onshore and the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Ms. Fielder holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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Sir John Grant

Vice President, International Government Relations

Sir John Grant joined Anadarko in October 2016 as Vice President, International Government Relations. Mr. Grant joined BHP Billiton in London in 2007 in a government relations role after a 30-year career in the British Foreign Service, including roles as Ambassador in Stockholm and the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels. He was appointed to the Executive Committee of BG Group in 2009, with responsibility for government affairs, corporate responsibility and communications. At BG, he led the development of an integrated approach to the “above ground” aspects of new-country entry and stakeholder management across the company’s international activities. He retired from BG in 2015.

Mr. Grant has a degree in modern languages from Cambridge University.

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Daniel D. Hart

Vice President, U.S. Onshore Development

Mr. Hart was named Vice, President, U.S. Onshore Development in October 2017. He previously served as Vice President, Gulf of Mexico Development. Hart joined Anadarko in 1995 as a production engineer in Midland, Texas. He has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility since that time, including Director of Deepwater America Assets, General Manager of Delaware Basin, General Manager of Gulf of Mexico-Lucius/Garden Banks/South America, Planning Manager for Worldwide Exploration and Manager of Investor Relations.

Mr. Hart holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.

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Carrie L. Horton

Vice President, DJ Basin Development

Ms. Horton currently serves as Vice President of DJ Basin Development. She brings 17 years of experience to the role, starting her career at Anadarko in 2000. She has served in positions of increasing responsibility, including Geology and Geophysics Manager, Rockies Region Business Advisor, General Manager of the Greater Green River Basin and Land Grant, and Director, Business Development.

Ms. Horton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Miami University and a Master of Science in Geology from Duke University.

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Gennifer F. Kelly

Vice President, Midstream & Marketing

Ms. Kelly serves as Vice President, Midstream and Marketing and Senior Vice President  and Chief Operating Officer of Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP). She most recently served as Director of Operations Transformation responsible for streamlining safety processes across Anadarko. She previously served as Director of Strategic Planning. Ms. Kelly has more than 23 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, joining Kerr-McGee Corporation in 1998. She has since held a variety of positions within Anadarko, including General Manager of East Texas and North Louisiana, Business Advisor for Planning and Reserves Administration in the U.S. Onshore Southern and Appalachia Region, Completions Manager for Permian Basin, East Texas and North Louisiana, and engineering positions in both the U.S. onshore and the Gulf of Mexico.

Ms. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA from Louisiana State University. Ms. Kelly is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has served on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council in Montgomery County, Texas.

 

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Brian T. Kuck

Vice President, Land & Corporate Development

Mr. Kuck was named Vice President, Land and Corporate Development in May 2018 after serving as Vice President, Corporate Development since November 2016. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s land organization as well as its global acquisitions, divestitures and business development activities. He joined Anadarko in 2005 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the company, including Corporate Portfolio Manager, Planning and Reserves Manager, Rockies; General Manager, East Breaks Region (Gulf of Mexico), General Manager, Wyoming; Director, Strategic Planning; and Director, Investor Relations.

Mr. Kuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University.

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Rory S. Madden

Vice President, LNG Business Development

Rory Madden was named Vice President, LNG Business Development in August 2016. In this role, he helps to ensure that Anadarko’s proposed LNG development in Mozambique delivers the value to support continued investment.

Mr. Madden has more than 20 years of experience in the upstream exploration and production business, working in a wide variety of both technical and commercial roles. Mr. Madden spent his early career in engineering and operations in the North Sea, including five years offshore followed by a commercial role in London supporting international developments and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Madden holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University where he was a recipient of a Jones Scholar Award.

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Aric C. Mann

Vice President, Tax

Mr. Mann was named Vice President, Tax in March 2017 and is responsible for overseeing Anadarko’s global income tax function, including compliance. Mann joined Anadarko in 2012 from Ernst and Young LLP, where he served as Senior Manager, International Tax Services. He began his career at Ernst and Young in 1996 holding positions of increasing responsibility and providing tax consulting for multi-national outbound clients in the energy, manufacturing, technology and software sectors.

Mr. Mann holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Tax Executives Institute.

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Chad R. McAllaster

Vice President, Delaware Basin Development

Mr. McAllaster serves as Vice President, Delaware Basin Development. Previously, he was responsible for leading the company’s Eagleford operations.

Mr. McAllaster joined Anadarko in 1997 as a Production Engineer in Liberal, Kan., and has held a variety of positions within the company since that time, including General Manager of the company’s Rockies Coal Bed Methane Asset, General Manager of Planning for the International and Gulf of Mexico Regions, General Manager of Maverick Basin and Vice President of Operations for Maverick Basin.

Mr. McAllaster graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and from the University of Denver with a Master of Business Administration. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming and an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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David J. McBride

Vice President

Mr. McBride served as Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) from May 2013 until July 2018. He was responsible for overseeing Anadarko’s global HSE programs. Mr. McBride possesses more than 25 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He held various HSE, regulatory and legal roles with multiple independent exploration and production companies before joining Anadarko in August 2005.

Mr. McBride received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Nicholls State University and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University in New Orleans. He has completed a Fellowship on Environmental Communication at Loyola University. He is currently active with the American Petroleum Institute and serves as Chair of the Health and Environment Committee. He is also a member of the Marine Preservation Association Board of Directors and a member of the Education for Tomorrow Alliance Board of Directors. He is former Chairman of Clean Gulf Associates, a non-profit industry organization formed to provide spill response capability in the Gulf. He also has served as Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Marine Well Containment Corporation, and is a former member of the Governing Board of the Center for Offshore Safety. Recently, Mr. McBride served as the Environment and Regulatory Task Group Lead for the National Petroleum Council Study.

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Joseph H. Mongrain

Vice President, Human Resources

Mr. Mongrain joined Anadarko in September of 2016 as Vice President, Human Resources. During his more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Mongrain has had the unique opportunity to lead both operational and human resources functions worldwide for Cameron International and Schlumberger. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Human Resources for OneSubsea, a joint venture between Cameron and Schlumberger.

Mr. Mongrain holds a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Houston’s Alley Theatre and actively volunteers with various non-profit organizations.

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Sanjay Paranji

Vice President, Technology

Mr. Paranji was named Vice President,Technology in May 2018 after servicing as Vice President of Anadarko’s Advanced Analytics & Emerging Technologies (AAET) Group since November 2016. The AAET organization’s objective is to harness technology, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation to enhance the company's competitive advantage in the exploration and production space. Mr. Paranji previously served as Director, Unconventional Resources Best Practices for the U.S. onshore region. He has nearly 21 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, beginning with Schlumberger GeoQuest Limited based out of Dubai covering Middle East and East Africa regions and subsequently as Reservoir Technology Lead in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Since joining the company in 2001, he has held positions of increasing responsibility with cross-disciplinary and geographic breadth within Anadarko’s onshore, deepwater and international operations. His leadership positions include: General Manager, Enhanced Oil Recovery; Joint Venture and Commercial Manager for Algeria operations; Reserves and Planning Manager for International Operations; Reservoir Engineering Manager for the company’s Bohai Bay operations in Beijing, China; and Senior Reservoir Engineering Specialist, Technology & Reserves.

Mr. Paranji holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering, a Master of Science in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa and a MBA from The Jones School of Business at Rice University, where he was a Jones Scholar award recipient.

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Philip H. Peacock

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Complaince Officer

Philip H. Peacock was named Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer in August 2018. He previously served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Mr. Peacock also serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the general partner of Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) and the general partner of Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP). He previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of both companies beginning in 2012. Prior to joining Anadarko, Mr. Peacock was a partner practicing corporate and securities law at the law firm of Andrews Kurth LLP, which he joined in 2003.

Mr. Peacock holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas.

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Michael C. Pearl

Vice President, Finance and treasurer

Mr. Pearl was named Vice President, Finance and Treasurer in July 2016. He previously served as Vice President, Finance beginning in May 2013, focusing on coordinating project finance activities related to Anadarko's Mozambique development. From April 2009 to April 2013, Mr. Pearl served as Corporate Controller, responsible for the company’s operational and corporate accounting function. Prior to this position, he assisted in structuring the initial public offering of Anadarko’s publicly traded subsidiary, Western Gas Partners, LP, in 2008, as well as serving as its Chief Financial Officer until April 2009. Mr. Pearl also served as Director, Corporate Tax from August 2006 to December 2008. Prior to joining Anadarko, Mr. Pearl worked for Ernst & Young LLP, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in corporate finance and accounting. 

Mr. Pearl holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Mr. Pearl also holds an MBA from Rice University where he was a Jones Scholar Award recipient. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Gregory M. Pensabene

Vice President, Government Relations

Mr. Pensabene oversees Anadarko's federal and state government relations programs. He joined Anadarko as Vice President, Government Relations in 1997. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Pensabene has extensive experience in law and public policy matters related to natural resources development. Prior to joining Anadarko, he was a partner in a Washington, D.C. based law firm.

Mr. Pensabene completed the Institute of Business Economics and Management at the University of Southern California School of Business and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and has held positions of leadership in the Natural Resources Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Pensabene also is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Algeria Business Council.

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L. Allen Sanders

Vice President, Gulf of Mexico Operations 

Mr. Sanders was named Vice President of Gulf of Mexico Operations in May 2017. PMr. Sanders previously served as President of Anadarko Algeria, Anadarko’s subsidiary operating in the Sahara desert, and President and General Manager of Anadarko China, Anadarko’s subsidiary in Beijing, overseeing the company’s operations in Bohai Bay and South China Sea. Prior to that, he served as General Manager of Eastern Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Assets, and Vice President and General Manager of Anadarko’s Texas Gulf Coast Development and Exploration.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the Executive External Advisory Committee for University of Texas Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. He is an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.

Mr. Sanders earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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Dr. Andrew Seck

Vice President, LNG Marketing and Shipping

Dr. Seck was named Vice President, LNG Marketing and Shipping in November 2016. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the international oil and natural gas industry and began his career as a wireline engineer working for Schlumberger. Following his doctoral studies, he spent eight years in Russia with Shell including an assignment with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company where he marketed the first sales of Russian LNG into Asia/Pacific. Following a corporate planning assignment with Shell in Houston, he joined Qatargas Operating Company Ltd. where he worked for almost six years as Assistant Director, LNG Marketing, East of Suez, with the responsibility for maintaining and growing Qatargas’ LNG sales portfolio throughout the Asia-Pacific region. At the beginning of 2015, he joined Uniper Global Commodities SE as Regional Head of LNG, Asia based in Singapore.

Dr. Seck holds a Ph.D. from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland and a Bachelor of Science in geological engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

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Chris L. Sembritzky

Vice President, International Exploration and Production

Mr. Sembritzky was named Vice President, International Exploration and Production in May 2018 after serving as Vice President, International New Ventures since December 2016. He joined Anadarko in 2001, initially working as a geologist focused on enhanced oil recovery. In 2004, he assumed a role in Anadarko’s international business development group in London, working to develop new ventures in the Middle East and Russia. During his time in London, Mr. Sembritzky also served as the project leader for two giant oil field developments in the Middle East and exploration efforts in Qatar and Jordan. He returned to Houston in 2009 to focus on exploration and development activities in Brazil and Ghana. In 2010, he gained experience managing reserves and planning for the company’s U.S. Southern region and later serving as general manager of the Marcellus and Utica shale assets in north-central Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. Prior to being promoted to his current role, Mr. Sembritzky managed the geological and geophysical team for Mozambique and Business Development in East Africa.

Mr. Sembritzky holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Science and Geology, and a Master’s of Science degree in Geology from Baylor University.

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Jeremy M. Smith 

Vice President, Finance

Jeremy M. Smith was named Vice President, Finance in July 2016. Previously, he served as Director, Investor Relations; Director, Corporate Development; and, as Assistant Treasurer, Corporate Finance. In addition, he served as Vice President and Treasurer of Western Gas Holdings, LLC, the general partner of Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES), from August 2007 to November 2010. Prior to joining Anadarko, he served as Assistant Treasurer to Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) from June 2003 to June 2006 and as Assistant Treasurer of 3TEC Energy Corporation from May 2000 until its sale to PXP in June 2003.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Rice University, a Master of Science in accounting from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Smith also serves on the board of MemberSource Credit Union and is a Jones Partner with the Jones School at Rice University.

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Shandell M. Szabo

Vice President, U.S. Exploration

Ms. Szabo was named Vice President, U.S. Exploration in May 2018 after serving as Vice Presidnet, U.S. Onshore Exploration since September 2016. She joined Anadarko in 2001 as an exploration geologist, working U.S. Gulf Coast Regional projects. Since then she has worked in positions of increasing responsibility throughout Anadarko's U.S. onshore portfolio and deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Her most recent positions included Regional Geoscience Manager, Gulf of Mexico, working the Lucius project; Exploration Manager, Central U.S., where she was responsible for the company’s exploration efforts in the Permian and Midcontinent basins; and Director, Investor Relations.

Ms. Szabo holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Geology from Texas Christian University. She is a registered professional geologist in the state of Texas.

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William A. Tedesco

Vice President, GULF OF MEXICO Exploration

Mr. Tedesco was named Vice President of Gulf of Mexico Exploration in April 2015. Prior to this role, he served as Exploration Manager Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Regional Studies, Investor Relations Manager, Exploration Manager East Africa, Geology and Geophysics Manager Ivorian Basin and Geologist International Exploration Brazil.

Mr. Tedesco joined Kerr-McGee in 2002 where he served as a geologist for both U.S. and international exploration projects until the acquisition of Kerr-McGee by Anadarko.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Tedesco is a Registered Professional Geologist in the state of Texas and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Houston Geological Society and Academy of Mines and Metallurgy at Missouri S & T.

 

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Steven N. Wilson

Vice President & Country Manager, Mozambique

Mr. Wilson currently serves as Vice President & Country Manager, Mozambique. He has more than 35 years of oil and natural gas experience. He joined Anadarko in November 2017 and as a former Chevron executive held a series of international upstream positions including General Manager of Corporate Business Development in the United States, President Chevron China and President Chevron Bangladesh. He previously held roles in Nigeria, Denmark, Norway, Venezuela and the U.K. He also has five years prior oil field experience with Schlumberger in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Indonesia.

Mr. Wilson has a Master of Arts in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London, and a Master of Business Administration from London’s City University.

 

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