Tony Hayward was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director on 2 June 2011 and as an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer on 21 November 2011. Tony stepped down as Chief Executive Officer and was appointed as Chairman of the Board on 12 July 2015.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Skills and experience: Tony is the Non-Executive Chairman at Glencore plc and a Partner and Member of the Advisory Board of AEA Capital. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Aston University and the University of Birmingham. Tony was Group Chief Executive of BP plc from 2007 to 2010 having joined BP plc in 1982 as a rig geologist in the North Sea. He became Group Treasurer in 2000, Chief Executive for BP plc’s upstream activities and a member of the main board of BP plc in 2003. He has also served on the board’s of TNK-BP, Corus and Tata Steel.
Tony studied Geology at Aston University in Birmingham and holds a PhD from Edinburgh University.
Murat Özgül has more than 20 years’ experience in the defence, satellite and oil and gas sectors. He joined Genel 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.
Jim Leng was appointed to the Board as Senior Independent Non-Executive director on 2 June 2011.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committees.
Skills and experience: Jim is a Director of Aon plc and in December 2015 Jim was appointed as a Director and Non-Executive Chairman of Nomura Europe Holdings plc.
From 2010 to 2013, he was a Director, and from August 2012 Chairman, of HSBC Bank plc. From 2003 to 2008 he was Chairman of Corus Group plc and subsequently Deputy Chairman of Tata Steel of India.
Other past Non-Executive Directorships include, Pilkington plc, Hanson plc, IMI plc and TNK-BP Limited. In an executive capacity, Jim was Chief Executive Officer of Laporte plc and before that Low & Bonar plc. His early business years were spent at John Waddington plc where he was Managing Director of a number of their subsidiaries.
Graham Hearne was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 2 June 2011.
Committee memberships: Member of the Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee and HSSE Committee.
Skills and experience: Sir Graham is the Senior Independent Director of Rowan Companies Inc. Sir Graham served as Chairman of Enterprise Oil plc between 1991 and 2002 and as Chief Executive from 1984 to 1991. He has also served as a director of a number of public and private companies including Courtaulds plc (where he was Finance Director), Gallaher Group PLC, Wellcome plc, Reckitt & Colman plc as well as Novar plc, Catlin Group Limited and Braemar Shipping Services Group plc (where he was Chairman). He qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1959 and practised law in England and the US from 1959 to 1967, following which he joined as an executive of the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation and then as an Executive Director of NM Rothschild & Sons Limited.
Sir Graham was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1990 and a Knight Bachelor in 1998.
George Rose was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 2 June 2011.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Skills and experience: George is Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Experian plc. On 16 February 2016 George was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of EXPO 2020 LLC.
Until December 2015 George served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Audit Committee of Laing O’Rourke plc. George retired from the Board of National Grid plc in July 2013 where he served as a Non-Executive Director and was Chairman of the Audit Committee. He was also on the Board of BAE Systems plc until March 2011, where he had served as Group Finance Director for 13 years. Other past Non-Executive Directorships include Orange plc and Saab AB. He was previously a member of the UK’s Financial Reporting Review Panel and the Industrial Development Advisory Board. George’s earlier career consisted of several financial management positions in the automotive sector, at Ford Motor Company, Leyland Vehicles Ltd and the Rover Group.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Nathaniel Rothschild was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 19 May 2011.
Skills and experience: Nathaniel was appointed Executive Chairman of Volex plc in November 2015 following his appointment to the Board of the company as a Non-Executive Director in October 2015. Until January 2013, he was a Non-Executive Director of Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s largest gold company. He was previously Co-Chairman of Asia Resource Minerals plc.
Nathaniel is a member of the Belfer Center’s International Council at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He holds an MA in History from Oxford University and an MSc in addiction studies from King’s College London.
Mehmet Öğütçü was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 21 November 2011.
Committee memberships: Member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and the HSSE Committee.
Skills and experience: Mehmet is currently Chairman of the Global Resources Partnership, a natural resources strategy group. In February 2016 Mehmet was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Saudi Crown Holding. He was also appionted as an Independent Board member of Sisecam Group in April 2015 and as the Energy Charter Secretary - General’s special envoy for the MENA region in March 2013. He leads Bosphorus Energy Club, a gathering of top energy, investment and geopolitical executives in Eurasia, MENA and Southeast Europe since September 2013.
Previously, Mehmet served as Director for International Government and Corporate Affairs at BG Group (2005-2011), the head of the OECD’s global forum on international investment and regional outreach programmes (2000-2005), the Principal Administrator for Asia-Pacific and Latin America at the International Energy Agency (1994-2000), a Turkish diplomat in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels and Paris (1986-1994), Deputy Inspector at Is Bankasi, NATO Research Fellow, the EU’s Jean Monnet Fellow and adviser to the late President Turgut Ozal.
Gulsun Nazli Karamehmet Williams was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director on 21 November 2011.
Skills and experience: Between 2004 and August 2014 Mrs Karamehmet Williams worked at Digiturk, a leading satellite broadcasting network. She was Chief Content Officer between 2007 and August 2014, with primary responsibility for overseeing all content acquisitions, production and creative services (including on-air promotion and print TV guides) and overall content strategy. Previously, she worked for the advertising and sales division at BSkyB in London.
Nazli was also a board member of Turkcell lletis¸im Hizmetleri A.S¸ a leading GSM operator in Turkey, until 2013. Turkcell’s shares trade on the Istanbul (IMKB) and New York Stock Exchanges (NYSE).
Chakib Sbiti was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 19 April 2012.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the HSSE Committee and member of the Audit Committee.
Skills and experience: Chakib has over 30 years’ experience at Schlumberger, an international oilfield services company, where he was Executive Vice President of Oilfield Services from 2003 to 2010 and President Asia from 1999, a role which was expanded to include the Middle East for the period 2001 to 2003. He has also been special adviser to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schlumberger (since 2010) and held various senior operational roles prior to 1999.
Chakib studied electrical engineering in France and holds a MSc from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs in Caen, France.
Simon Lockett was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 19 January 2016.
Committee memberships: Member of the Remuneration Committee and the HSSE Committee.
Skills and experience: Simon is currently the Chairman and a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees of Loyz Energy Limited. He is a Non-Executive Director of Triyards Holdings Limited where he also serves as the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. He is also a Non-Executive Advisor to the Board and CEO of Pico Petroleum Limited, a privately owned exploration and production company based in Cairo.
Between 2005 and 2014 Simon was the Chief Executive Officer of Premier Oil plc. Prior to being appointed as CEO Simon held a number of senior operational roles at Premier Oil plc including Operations Director between 2003 and 2005.
Simon studied Biochemistry at Sheffield University and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.