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 Founding Partner of Vanwall Capital, LLC. Prior to November 2015, Mr. McComiskey was a Managing Partner of Prostar Capital Ltd., a specialized global investment manager in energy infrastructure investments. From June 2004 to April 2012 he was at First Reserve Corporation, the world’s largest energy focused global private equity and infrastructure investment firm, where he served as Co-Head of Private Equity from December 2010. Mr. McComiskey holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University and an AB degree in economics from Harvard College.

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

Board Committees

Audit Committee

Mark McComiskey
Ryan Ellson

Corporate Governance Committee

Mark McComiskey*
Ryan Ellson
Gavin Wilson

Reserves Committee

Gavin Wilson*
Gary Guidry
Manuel Pablo Zuniga-Pflucker

HS&E and CSR Committee

Gavin Wilson
Gary Guidry

*Chairman


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