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Group Executive Committee

Our Group Executive Committee is responsible for day-to-day operational management, communication and implementation of strategic decisions, and other administrative matters.

Sami Iskander, Group Chief Executive

Experience

Sami Iskander, Petrofac Group Chief ExecutiveSami has more than 30 years’ international experience in both oilfield services and upstream companies. He was Appointed Executive Vice President for Royal Dutch Shell’s upstream joint ventures in February 2016 until May 2019.

From 2008, prior to joining Shell, he worked in BG Group plc where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer from November 2013. In this role, he was responsible for BG Group’s global upstream operations as well as BG Technical. From 2009, he was Managing Director for Africa, Middle East & Asia, where he was responsible for all upstream, midstream, and downstream activities in the region. Prior to BG Group, he held many key leadership roles with Schlumberger, undertaking assignments in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the USA.

Afonso Reis e Sousa, Chief Financial Officer

Experience

Afonso joined Petrofac in 2012 as Group Head of Structured Finance and accumulated a portfolio of increasing responsibility including Group Treasurer, Head of Tax and Group Head of Enterprise Risk. He has a background in investment banking, having begun his career with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, and has extensive experience in corporate and project finance.

Matthew Barton, Group General Counsel

Responsibility

Matthew Barton, Group General CounselMatthew is responsible for all Legal, Compliance and Company Secretariat functions. Ensuring that all colleagues have access to relevant, timely and commercially valuable legal advice, he also ensures that the Group’s business is conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Experience

He joined Petrofac in 2018 with more than 20 years’ experience, 15 of which in General Counsel roles, both in the UK and the Middle East. He began his legal career in private practice, working in London and Hong Kong before moving into the engineering and construction industry.

Alison Flynn, Group Director of Communications and Sustainability

Responsibility

Alison Flynn, Group Director of Communications and SustainabilityAlison is responsible for all internal and external communications and external affairs, including investor relations and sustainability.

Experience

She joined Petrofac in 2013 from global mining company Xstrata plc, where she held a senior Corporate Affairs role. She has more than 20 years’ experience in communications and external affairs roles in multinational organisations operating in geo-politically challenging, regulated environments, following an earlier career in journalism.

Elie Lahoud, Chief Operating Officer, Engineering & Construction

Responsibility

As Chief Operating Officer, Elie has overall accountability for strategy and delivery against our Engineering and Construction (E&C) business plan.

Experience

He joined Petrofac in 1997. He has held several key operational roles, leading the delivery of large scale upstream and downstream oil and gas EPC projects and subsequently overseeing operations in the Middle East and CIS countries, as well as offshore power projects in Germany and the Netherlands. He was Group MD of E&C until December 2020. He is a member of the American University of Beirut Advisory Board for its faculty of engineering. He has more than 25 years’ industry experience.

John Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, New Energy Services

Responsibility

John Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, Engineering & Production Services and Integrated Engineering Services, and Chief Corporate Development OfficerAs Chief Operating Officer – NES, John has overall accountability for growing and delivering our new energies business plan.

Experience

He joined Petrofac in 2017, prior to which he spent 28 years with AMEC Foster Wheeler and five years with Chevron, in the UK and the US. His previous roles have included President of global oil, gas and chemicals businesses, and multi-market roles running the Americas, Northern Europe, and CIS regions. He has also been a Co-Chair of Oil & Gas UK.

Des Thurlby, Group Director of Human Resources

Responsibility

Des Thurlby, Group Director of Human ResourcesDes has overall responsibility for advising on all people aspects of the business. This includes developing a business-focused people strategy, including succession planning, talent management, leadership development, compensation, key hires, performance culture, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement.

Experience

He joined Petrofac in 2017. Des started his career as a graduate trainee with Ford Motor Company and spent 25 years in the automotive sector, including six years as HR Director for Jaguar Land Rover. He was also interim President of IMI China and Senior Vice President HR for Seadrill, an offshore drilling contractor. He has a Bachelors degree in Politics and Economics from Newcastle University and an Executive MBA from the London Business School. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Jim Andrews, Group Head of HSE

Responsibility

Jim Andrews, Group Head of HSEAs Group Director for HSE, Jim has overall accountability for quality, health, safety, security and environment.

Experience

Jim has almost 30 years’ of experience with Schlumberger, working in numerous countries and across several senior managerial positions in operations and functions. Most recently he was the President of Production Management and prior to that spent three years as Schlumberger’s Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment.

Nick Shorten, Chief Operating Officer, Engineering & Production Services

Responsibility

Nick Shorten, Chief Operating Officer, Engineering & Production ServicesAs Chief Operating Officer - EPS, Nick has overall accountability for delivery against our EPS business plan.

Experience

Prior to joining Petrofac, Nick was President of Wood Group’s Capital Projects business in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Nick has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector, gained through senior business leadership, operations management and project delivery tenures globally.

Governance

Board of directors

Our Board sets the ‘tone from the top’ and ensures there is a strong and effective system of corporate governance across the Group.