Peter Botten, Managing Director
Peter was appointed Managing Director in October 1994, having previously filled both Exploration and General Manager roles in the Company since joining in 1992. He has extensive worldwide experience in the oil and gas business, previously holding various senior technical and managerial positions in a number of listed and government owned organisations.
Gerea Aopi, Executive General Manager, External and Government Affairs and Sustainability Gerea was appointed to the Oil Search management team in August 1998. Gerea plays a major role in managing relationships with the PNG Government and other joint venture partners. Prior to Oil Search, Gerea was Managing Director of Telikom PNG Ltd, held several very senior positions in the PNG public service and served as the Secretary of the Department of Finance and Planning.
Philip Caldwell, Executive General Manager, PNG LNG
Phil joined Oil Search from British Petroleum in 1998 after a 15 year career which included Drilling Engineering and Production Operations management. He spent his first five years with Oil Search as a Gas Commercialisation representative within the ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil project development teams which included leading the negotiations of the first PNG Gas Agreement. In 2003 he led the transition of Operatorship in PNG from ChevronTexaco to Oil Search and subsequently moved to Port Moresby to take the role of PNG Asset Manager and subsequently EGM Operations. As EGM PNG LNG, Phil has responsibility for managing OSL’s interests in the Project.
Paul Cholakos, Executive General Manager, PNG Operations Paul joined Oil Search in 2010, to assist in the execution of Oil Search's 2010 Strategic Review. In 2011, Paul was appointed EGM, Project Development and in early 2013, he was appointed EGM, PNG Operations. With 25 years experience in the international oil and gas and mining industries, Paul brings with him extensive commercial expertise, including joint venture, unitisation and government negotiations, as well as experience in both production and business development roles.
Julian Fowles, Executive General Manager, Exploration and Business DevelopmentJulian joined Oil Search in 2012 after a 23 year career with a number of large international oil and gas companies, including 16 years with Shell. Julian holds geology degrees from Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities and his experience encompasses technical management of development and production operations as well as senior management of exploration and new business.
Stephen Gardiner, Chief Financial Officer and Group SecretaryStephen joined Oil Search Limited in 2004, after a twenty year career in finance at two of Australia's largest multinational construction materials companies and a major Australian telecoms company. Stephen's roles at Oil Search have covered senior corporate finance responsibilities and the position of Executive General Manager, Corporate Sustainability and Services. Stephen is also the Group Secretary of Oil Search, a role he has held since May 2009.
Michael Herrett, Executive General Manager, Human Resources - Health and Administration
Michael joined Oil Search in 2012, after a career with BHP Billiton which spanned more than 30 years in senior Human Resources roles, including Vice President positions based in the USA, the UK and Australia. He has extensive international HR experience, with previous responsibilities covering oil and gas, mining and manufacturing operations in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, in addition to Australia and the US. Michael holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree (Industrial Relations and Psychology).