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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Adel Chaouch

Independent Non-Executive Director, Chair

 

Board Committee memberships:
  • Governance and Nomination Committee (Chair)
  • Remuneration Committee

Adel was Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of ShaMaran Petroleum Corp., part of the Lundin Group of Companies, operating in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and prior to that he led Marathon Oil Company’s (“Marathon”) interests in the Middle East and North Africa.  He was also responsible for the creation of a gas hub in Equatorial Guinea.  Prior to working for Marathon, Dr Chaouch held positions of increasing responsibility for Raytheon E&C company, primarily on major projects largely in the oil and gas sector.  He holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Paul Blakeley

Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Board Committee memberships:
  • Health, Safety, Environment and Climate Committee
  • Governance and Nomination Committee
  • Disclosure Committee

Paul commenced at Jadestone in June 2016. Paul holds a BSc. from Bedford College, University of London. Paul has over 40 years’ energy experience, including over 20 years at Talisman Energy Inc (‘Talisman’). As Executive Vice President Asia Pacific & Middle East at Talisman, Paul led the building of Talisman’s portfolio in Asia Pacific to become the largest upstream independent in the region.

Paul has a long track record of acquiring production and managing commercial and operational risks, while overseeing investment to further enhancing value through follow-on development activity.

Bert-Jaap Dijkstra

Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer

 

Board Committee memberships:
  • Disclosure Committee (Chair)

Bert-Jaap joined Jadestone in August 2022. He has 25 years of experience in finance roles, most recently as Group Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations with SBM Offshore, where he built significant experience of equity and debt capital markets.  He was directly responsible for managing all financing activities for SBM Offshore, including structuring c.US$5 billion in project financings and managing financial risk, optimisation of funding sources and corporate finance.  He was voted best investor relations professional for the energy services sector in the 2019 Extel and in the 2020 and 2021 Institutional Investor surveys.

Prior to his employment at SBM Offshore, Mr Dijkstra held various finance roles in European commercial real estate and with Royal Dutch Shell, where he lived and worked for a period in Southeast Asia as Finance and Planning Manager. Mr Dijkstra holds a MSc degree (with honours) from Wageningen University. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and completed an MBA in Financial Management from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Cedric Fontenit

Independent Non-Executive Director

 

Board Committee memberships:
  • Governance and Nomination Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Audit Committee

Cedric has extensive experience in advising on M&A, financing and structuring investments gained from his 20-year career in investment banking and hedge fund industries.  Cedric is currently co-founder and managing partner of Amavia Capital, a private investment firm and the President of Tall Mount SAS.  He was previously a senior member of the investment team at Tyrus Capital S.A.M. where he had significant investment experience in the oil and gas and mining industries, among others.

 

Jenifer Thien

Independent Non-Executive Director

 

Board Committee memberships:
  • Remuneration Committee (Chair)
  • Governance and Nomination Committee
  • Health, Safety, Environment and Climate Committee

Jenifer is the Founder and Principal of Grit and Pace, through which she advises corporations on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy and what it takes to drive change in supply chain, procurement and operational excellence.  Currently Jenifer is an Independent Non-Executive Director of UEM Edgenta Berhad, AEON Co. (M) Berhad, Olam Agri Holdings Ltd, Malaysian Pacific Industries Berhad and Sime Darby Plantation Berhad.  She has over 30 years of international senior executive experience in the consumer-packaged goods industry and had the opportunity to live and work in several countries across Asia and the US throughout her career.  This includes 25 years with Mars, Incorporated, where she last served as the Global Chief Procurement Officer.  Jenifer has successfully led complex business transformation and sustainability programs through her deep understanding of the business enterprise, the ability to mobilise required capabilities, as well as intensive stakeholder engagement.

 

David Neuhauser

Non-Executive Director

David has extensive capital markets and M&A experience and is currently founder and CIO of event-driven hedge fund Livermore Partners in Chicago.  He is a Non-Executive Director of Amaroq Minerals and the Chairman of the Board of Kolibri Global Energy Inc.  He has invested in and advised global public companies for the past 21 years and has a strong track record of enhancing intrinsic value through restructuring and strategic initiatives.

Gunter Waldner

Non-Executive Director

Gunter was nominated to Jadestone’s Board as a non-executive director by the Company’s largest shareholder, Tyrus Capital S.A.M. and funds managed by it (“Tyrus”), pursuant to the relationship agreement entered into by Jadestone and Tyrus in November 2018. An Austrian national, Gunter has over 25 years of corporate finance and investment management experience and is currently Head of Private Equity and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Tyrus Capital S.A.M. having joined the firm in 2012.  Prior to Tyrus Capital, Mr Waldner spent five years in senior positions at AlpInvest Partners and 10 years in investment banking at Lehman Brothers. Mr Waldner holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

 

Joanne Williams

Independent Non-Executive Director

Board Committee memberships:
  • Health, Safety, Environment and Climate Committee (Chair)
  • Audit Committee

Joanne is a reservoir engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in technical and executive roles with Woodside Petroleum, Newfield Exploration, Gulf Canada, Clyde Petroleum, Nido Petroleum and Blue Star Helium.

Currently, Joanne is a Non-Executive Director of Buru Energy Limited, an Australian onshore explorer for oil, gas and natural hydrogen; a Non-Executive Director of 88 Energy Limited, an oil company with oil exploration and production assets in Alaska, Texas and Namibia, and a Non-Executive Director of Pinnacle Exploration Pte Ltd, which focusses on shallow water Gulf of Mexico oil opportunities.

Previously, Joanne was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Star Helium Limited, an explorer for helium in the USA and a Director at Sacgasco Limited with oil and gas exploration and production assets in California, Canada and the Philippines.

 

Linda Beal

Independent Non-Executive Director

Board Committee memberships:

  • Audit Committee (Chair)
  • Governance and Nomination Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

Linda Beal has over 30 years of experience advising the upstream sector and since 2018 has been a board director of several UK AIM listed exploration and production (“E&P”) companies. She will bring corporate governance and financial expertise and experience to her role as Jadestone’s Audit Committee Chair.

Linda joined Grant Thornton in 2013 as a Tax Partner, where she was Global Leader for Energy and Natural Resources with a mandate to build Grant Thornton’s global energy and natural resources capability. Previously, Linda spent 30 years at PwC and its legacy firm Price Waterhouse in Audit and Tax, 16 of them as a Partner. With PwC’s Natural Resources Independents business she focused on advising international E&P clients across the AIM, FTSE350, overseas listed and private sectors.

Linda graduated in 1982 from the University of Nottingham with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, thereafter qualifying at Price Waterhouse as a Chartered Accountant and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 1986.

 

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