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Douglas J. Pferdehirt
Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Douglas J. Pferdehirt is Chair 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 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.
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 & 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 as Chief Executive Officer of Trade-Ranger Inc. from January 2001 to May 2002. Ms. Farley also serves on the board of directors of LyondellBasell Industries B.V. She is a member of the board of advisors of the Houston Nature Conservancy.
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 a Founding Partner of Sinfonia Consultoria Financeira e Participações Ltda. since August 2012, both of 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 serves as Chairman of the board of trustees of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra Foundation.
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. He also serves on the board of Otovo AS.
John O’Leary is 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 more than 39 years’ experience at Equinor (formerly Statoil), a Norwegian energy company, where she held a succession of leadership positions including Executive Vice President of Equinor ASA, Development and Production Brazil in 2020; 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 on the board of directors of FMC Corporation, Harbour Energy plc and Transocean Ltd. She previously served on the board of directors of Alfa Laval AB (2015 to 2019) and Atlas Copco AB (2008 to 2017).
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 more than 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.
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 more than 26 years at Schlumberger in a succession of executive leadership positions, including President of 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. 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 been Chief Executive Officer of CGG S.A. (“CGG”), a global geoscience technology leader, since April 2018. Ms. Zurquiyah has held a succession of leadership positions at CGG, 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 and held successively senior positions before joining CGG in 2013. She served as Schlumberger’s Vice President of Technology Sustaining from August 2012 to January 2013, as well as its President, Data and Consulting Services from May 2009 to July 2012. Prior to this, she was Schlumberger’s Chief Information Officer from January 2007 to April 2009.
Ms. Zurquiyah currently serves on the board of directors of CGG S.A. and Safran S.A.