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Douglas J. Pferdehirt
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Douglas J. Pferdehirt is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TechnipFMC. He was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of FMC Technologies, and prior to joining FMC Technologies in 2012, spent 26 years at Schlumberger Limited in a succession of executive leadership positions including: Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Communications, President of Schlumberger’s Reservoir Production Group, Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications, President of North and South America Schlumberger, and Vice President of Oilfield Services U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Pferdehirt holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University and is on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Executive Woman in Energy Initiative. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and on the board of trustees of the United Way of Greater Houston.
Eleazar de Carvalho Filho
Eleazar de Carvalho Filho has been a Founding Partner of Virtus BR Partners Assessoria Corporativa Ltda. since May 2009, and is also a Founding Partner of Sinfonia Consultoria Financeira e Participações Ltda. since August 2012, which are financial advisory and consulting firms. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Unibanco Investment Bank, a Brazilian investment bank, from April 2008 to March 2009.
Mr. Carvalho Filho was a Consultant for BHP Billiton Metais S.A., a global natural resources company, from 2006 to 2011. He was a Founding Partner of Iposeira Capital Ltda., established in 2003, as well as STK Capital Gestora de Recursos Ltda., established in 2010, which are independent advisory and asset management companies. Mr. Carvalho Filho also serves on the board of directors of Brookfield Renewable Corporation, Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicão (Grupo Pão de Acúcar) and its affiliate, Cnova N.V., and is Chairman of Oi S.A. In addition to his public directorships, Mr. de Carvalho Filho also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra Foundation.
Claire S. Farley
Claire S. Farley has been a Senior Advisor of KKR & Co. L.P. (“KKR”), a global investment firm since January 2016. She began her affiliation with KKR in September 2010 as a co-founder of RPM Energy, LLC, a privately-owned oil and gas exploration and development company, which partnered with KKR. Prior to founding RPM Energy, Ms. Farley was an Advisory Director at Jefferies Randall & Dewey, a global oil and gas industry advisor, and was Co-President of Jefferies Randall & Dewey from February 2005 to July 2008. Prior to that, Ms. Farley served as Chief Executive Officer of Randall & Dewey, an oil and gas asset transaction advisory firm, from September 2002 until February 2005, when Randall and Dewey became the Oil and Gas Investment Banking Group of Jefferies & Company.
Ms. Farley has extensive oil and gas exploration expertise, holding several positions within Texaco from 1981 to 1999, including President of Worldwide Exploration and New Ventures, President of North American Production and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Texaco, Inc. Ms. Farley also served as Chief Executive Officer of Intelligent Diagnostics Corporation from October 1999 to January 2001 and Trade-Ranger Inc. from January 2001 to May 2002. Ms. Farley also serves on the board of directors of LyondellBasell Industries B.V. In addition to her public directorship, Ms. Farley is also a member of the board of advisors of the Houston Nature Conservancy.
Peter Mellbye served as Executive Vice President, Development & Production, International, of Statoil ASA, an international oil and gas company, from January 2011 until his retirement in September 2012. He was Executive Vice President, Production & International Exploration of Statoil from August 2004 to January 2011. From 1992 to 2004, Mr. Mellbye was Statoil’s Executive Vice President, Natural Gas, and from 1990 to 1992, he served as Senior Vice President, Natural Gas. He joined Statoil in 1982 as Vice President, Gas Marketing, a position he held until 1990.
Mr. Mellbye worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry from 1975 to 1979 before joining the Norwegian Trade Council, where he worked from 1979 to 1982. In addition to serving on our Board, Mr. Mellbye also serves as a director of the following non-public companies: WestGass AS, Otovo AS, Global LNG Services AS, Statkraft AS, Competentia, Resoptima AS and Wellesley Petroleum AS.
John O'Leary is the Chief Executive Officer of Strand Energy, a Dubai-based company specializing in business development in the oil and gas industry, and sits on the Supervisory Boards of Huisman Equipment B.V. and Jumbo Shipping.
He also held various executive positions in Pareto Offshore ASA, the Forasol-Foramer group and the group resulting from the merger between Forasol-Foramer and Pride International, and Vantage Drilling.
Margareth Øvrum has over 38 years of experience at Equinor (formerly Statoil), a Norwegian energy company, currently serving as Executive Vice President of Equinor ASA, Development and Production Brazil. Ms. Øvrum has held a succession of leadership positions at Equinor, including President, Equinor Brazil, from 2018 to 2020; Executive Vice President of Technology, Projects, and Drilling, from 2011 to 2018, Executive Vice President of Technology and New Energy for Statoil Hydro, from 2007 to 2011, Executive Vice President of Technology and Projects, from 2004 to 2007, and Executive Vice President of Health, Safety, and the Environment, during 2004.
Ms. Øvrum is currently on the board of directors of FMC Corporation. She previously served on the boards of directors of Alfa Laval AB (2015 to 2019), Atlas Copco AB (2008 to 2017), and Ratos AB (2009 to 2014).
Ms. Øvrum holds a Master of Science degree in Technical Physics from the Norwegian Technical University (now part of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology).
Kay G. Priestly
Kay G. Priestly served as Chief Executive Officer of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., an international mining company focused on copper, gold and coal in the Asia Pacific region, from May 2012 until her retirement in December 2014. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Rio Tinto Copper (a division of the Rio Tinto Group – Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited), a global metal and mining corporation, from 2008 until her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Turquoise Hill Resources in 2012. From 2006 to 2008, she was Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper operations.
Ms. Priestly served as Vice President, Risk Management and General Auditor for Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations, from 2004 to 2006. She previously spent over 24 years with global professional services firm Arthur Andersen, where she provided tax, consulting and mergers and acquisitions services to global companies across many industries, including energy, mining, manufacturing and services. Ms. Priestly currently serves on the board of directors of Stericycle, Inc. and SSR Mining Inc.
James M. Ringler
James M. Ringler served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Teradata Corporation, a provider of database software, data warehousing and analytics, from October 2007 to January 2019. Mr. Ringler served as Vice Chairman of Illinois Tool Works Inc. until his retirement in 2004. Prior to joining Illinois Tool Works, he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Premark International, Inc. from October 1996 until Premark merged with Illinois Tool Works in November 1999.
Mr. Ringler joined Premark in 1990 and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until 1996. From 1986 to 1990, he was President of White Consolidated Industries’ Major Appliance Group, and from 1982 to 1986, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Tappan Company. Mr. Ringler also serves on the board of directors of Autoliv Inc., John Bean Technologies Corporation, Teradata Corporation, and Veoneer Inc.
John Yearwood was Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Operating Officer of Smith International, Inc., which was a supplier of services and manufactured products to oil and gas exploration and production companies, from 2009 to 2010 when Smith International merged with Schlumberger Limited. He served as Smith International’s Executive Vice President and President of Completion and Production from September to December 2008. Prior to joining Smith International, Mr. Yearwood spent over 26 years at Schlumberger in a succession of executive leadership positions, including President, North and South America Oilfield Services; Vice President, Finance, WesternGeco, and Oilfield Services Controller.
Mr. Yearwood currently serves as the Lead Director of Nabors Industries Ltd. Mr. Yearwood also serves on the boards of directors of the following non-public companies: Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda., Bazean Corp., Coil Tubing Partners LLC, Foro Energy, LLC, and Sheridan Production Partners.
He is also a Senior Advisor to First Reserve, a leading energy-focused, private equity firm. Mr. Yearwood is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Sophie Zurquiyah has served as Chief Executive Officer at CGG S.A., a global geoscience technology leader, since 2018. She joined CGG in 2013 and has held a succession of leadership positions there, including as Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the Geology, Geophysics and Reservoir segment.
Ms. Zurquiyah joined Schlumberger Ltd. in 1991 as an interpretation engineer and geophysicist. She went on to serve as Schlumberger’s Chief Information Officer from 2007 to 2009, as its President, Data and Consulting Services from 2009 to 2012, then its Vice President of Sustaining from 2012 to 2013.
Ms. Zurquiyah is also a member of the Board of Directors of the high-technology aviation, defense and space company Safran S.A. She holds a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.