Board of
Directors 

President and Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Secretary

Manuel Zúñiga is a petroleum engineer with 30 years of industry experience. Mr. Zúñiga was a founder and the President and Chief Executive Officer of BPZ when oil was discovered in the Corvina field of the Z-1 Block, brought online in less than two years using the first floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit ever used in Peru and developed with a buoyant drilling and production platform. Prior to completion of the Arrangement, Mr Zúñiga had been the President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managers of PetroTal LLC since January 2016.

He started his career as a junior engineer with Occidental Petroleum where he worked in Block 1-AB, located in the northern jungle of Peru. He was born and raised in Talara, Peru and has led exploration and development projects for oil and gas in Peru, as well as other countries in Latin America. He has established relationships with operators in Peru, including owners of the targeted assets, and has good relationships with government agencies in the region. Mr. Zúñiga holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Non-Executive Director

Gary Guidry is a professional engineer with more than 35 years of experience developing and maximizing assets in the international oil and gas industry. Mr. Guidry has direct experience managing large, international projects, including assets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Guidry is currently the President, Chief Executive Officer of GTE and prior to that was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Caracal Energy Inc. (now known as Glencore E&P (Canada) Inc. (“Glencore”)). Mr. Guidry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980 and is an Alberta-registered professional engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Mr Guidry is one of two representatives of GTE on the Board and is therefore not considered to be independent.

Non-Executive Director

Ryan Ellson has more than 17 years of experience in a broad range of international corporate finance and accounting roles. Mr. Ellson is currently the Chief Financial Officer of GTE and prior to that was Head of Finance for Glencore and held the position of Vice President, Finance. Mr. Ellson is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Mr Ellson is one of two representatives of GTE on the Board and is therefore not considered to be independent.

Non-Executive Director

Gavin Wilson is an Investment Manager for Meridian Group of Companies, a private investment company, which has a significant shareholding in the Company. Mr. Wilson was the Founder and Manager of RAB Energy and RAB Octane, listed investment funds, from 2004 until 2011. From 1992 to 2003, he worked with Canaccord Capital London, an investment banking company, as Head of Oil and Gas, responsible for sales and Corporate Brokering/Finance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French History and Civilization.

Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board

Mark McComiskey is a partner at AVAIO Capital, a firm that focuses on value-added infrastructure investment and that spun-out of AECOM in 2019. Prior to AVAIO, Mr. McComiskey was a partner at Prostar Capital’s energy business and its successor firm, Vanwall Capital, LLC. Prior to Prostar, he was Co-Head of private equity at First Reserve, a private equity firm focused on the energy industry.

In addition to PetroTal, Mark has held various board positions for public and private companies in the US, Canada and Europe, including DHT, Dresser Rand, Ansaldo Energia, CHC, Sterling Resources, and Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

Mark holds an AB in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Non-Executive Director

Eleanor Barker is President of Barker Oil Strategies and since 2017 has been a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Serinus Energy plc. She was a Director of Sterling Resources Ltd. from 2014 to 2017. For over 30 years, Ms. Barker was an Oil and Gas Investment Analyst in Canada. Since 1995, Ms. Barker has focused exclusively on International Oil and Gas research. Ms. Barker is a past Director of the US National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts and a former President of the Canadian Association of Investment Analysts. From 1993 to 1995 Ms. Barker was a Director of Gordon Capital. Prior to work in financial markets, she held various positions with Esso and Gulf Canada. Ms. Barker holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and an Hons. B.Sc. from Queen’s University.

Non-Executive Director

Roger Tucker brings a wealth of experience having been a senior executive in the Energy sector across the globe for over 3 decades. He has held positions in companies ranging in scope and scale from Multinational Majors, listed independents, new emerging market players and private equity funded entities.

Most recently Dr Tucker has been involved in Private Equity investing in the energy space.

He has directly managed very significant development projects including one of the worlds largest field redevelopment projects located in Venezuela.

He has lived and worked in multiple countries during his career.

Roger holds a PhD in Sedimentology & Geochemistry and a BSc in Geology both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Our team continues to deliver ahead of schedule, which sets the stage for PetroTal to grow for the foreseeable future.

Board Committees

Audit Committee

Eleanor Barker*
Mark McComiskey
Ryan Ellson

Corporate Governance Committee

Mark McComiskey*
Ryan Ellson
Gavin Wilson

Reserves Committee

Roger Tucker*
Gavin Wilson
Gary Guidry
Manuel Pablo Zuniga-Pflucker

HS&E and CSR Committee

Gary Guidry*
Gavin Wilson
Roger Tucker

*Chairman


Management and Technical Team with In-depth Expertise and Proven Track Record in Peru