Board of Directors
1. RUI DE SOUSA
Appointed: July 1999
Rui de Sousa has approximately 35 years’ experience in the energy sector. He was formerly a director of Gazprombank-Invest (Lebanon) SAL, the Chairman of Carbon Resource Management Ltd. and the President of Quantic Mining. Rui is currently a director of Quantic Limited and Chairman of Blackdown Resources.
2. ED STORY
President and Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: April 1997
Ed Story was one of the founding directors of SOCO International plc and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, SOCO acquired its principal assets in Vietnam and, by building strong relationships with its partners, has progressed the assets from initial exploration through to being one of the largest producing fields in Vietnam.
Ed has over 45 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, beginning with Exxon Corporation, where he held various positions including seven years resident in the Far East. He was formerly the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Superior Oil Company, a co-founder and Vice Chairman of Conquest Exploration Company and a co-founder and President of Snyder Oil Corporation’s international subsidiary, which merged its controlled holdings into Cairn Energy, thereby creating the leading South Asian oil and gas company in the UK Independent sector. Ed was a non-executive director of Cairn Energy PLC until 2008 and is currently a non-executive director of Cairn India Limited.
3. ROGER CAGLE
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: April 1997
Roger Cagle was one of the founding directors of SOCO International plc and serves as Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer. Under his financial directorship, SOCO has raised over $230m in equity, returned over $430m to its shareholders through share buybacks and cash returns and has been debt free since 2013, after fully redeeming $250m of 4.5% convertible bonds.
Roger has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry including succeeding positions of responsibility with Exxon Corporation and senior management roles with The Superior Oil Company. He was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Conquest Exploration Company and the Chief Financial Officer of Snyder Oil Corporation’s international subsidiary.
4. CYNTHIA CAGLE
Executive Vice President and Company Secretary
Appointed: December 2012
Cynthia Cagle was one of the founding executives of SOCO International plc and serves as Vice- President – Accounting and Company Secretary. Cynthia has been instrumental in each of SOCO’s key transactions contributing to its current business model, including the initial IPO and the acquisition and value realisation of its UK, Russia, Mongolia, Tunisia, Yemen and Thailand assets.
Cynthia has over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining SOCO, Cynthia gained her industry experience through senior accounting positions in Snyder Oil Corporation’s international subsidiary, Conquest Exploration Company and The Superior Oil Company, and additional financial experience with Texas Commerce Bancshares.
5. ROB GRAY
Non-Executive and Senior Independent Director
Appointed: December 2013
Rob Gray has been an advisor to the natural resources sector for more than 30 years. Rob qualified as a solicitor in 1981 at Allen & Overy and then went on to help establish James Capel & Co. Petroleum Services, a successful advisory and Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Rob’s experience includes thirteen years at Deutsche Bank where he was latterly a Senior Advisor having been Chairman of UK Investment Banking for five years and formerly Global Head of Natural Resources. Rob was previously a Director and Head of the Natural Resource Group at Robert Fleming & Co. Ltd. for four years, a group which he established. Between 2000 and 2010, Rob was an Advisory Board Member for Heerema Marine Contractors. Rob is also one of a number of industry advisors to Bluewater Energy. Rob was a co-founder of RegEnersys, a natural resources investment entity and is currently the principal of ReVysion LLP.
6. OLIVIER BARBAROUX
Appointed: July 1999
Olivier Barbaroux has over 25 years’ experience in the energy and utilities sector. He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dalkia and a member of the Executive Committee of Veolia Environment until 2011. Formerly, he was the Managing Director of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, President and Chief Operating Officer of Vivendi Water S.A., the Head of the Energy Sector of Paribas and the Chief Executive Officer of the oil and gas production and exploration company Coparex International.
7. ROBERT CATHERY
Appointed: June 2001
Robert Cathery has over 45 years of stockbroking experience. He was formerly the co-founder and non-executive of Salamander Energy PLC. He was also formerly the Managing Director and Head of Oil and Gas at Canaccord Capital (Europe) Limited, Head of Corporate Sales at SG Securities (London) Ltd., director of Vickers da Costa and director of Schroders Securities. Robert is also currently a non-executive and a founding director of Central Asia Metals Limited.
8. ETTORE CONTINI
Appointed: December 2001
Ettore Contini was formerly a director of Energia E Servize SpA and an asset manager in the private banking division of Banca del Gottardo. Ettore is currently also a director of Eurowatt-Commerce.
9. MARIANNE DARYABEGUI
Appointed: October 2013
Marianne Daryabegui is currently the Managing Director of the Corporate Finance Oil and Gas Team at BNP Paribas in Paris, France. Marianne has extensive experience in oil and gas corporate transactions, including structured financing and reserve based lending facilities, and has advised a wide number of oil companies across the sector. Prior to joining the Oil and Gas Team in 2006, Marianne worked for eight years in BNP Paribas’ Energy Commodities Export Project Department where she headed the Commodity Structure Finance team for the Middle East, North and West Africa. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Marianne spent eight years at TOTAL, working amongst other activities on upstream acquisitions and divestments in Europe and Africa. Marianne has a Masters degree in Finance and Capital Markets from Sciences Po University, Paris and a Masters in Tax and Corporate Law.
10. ANTÓNIO MONTEIRO
Appointed: June 2009
Ambassador António Monteiro has over 45 years of experience with the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Foreign Minister of Portugal, and with international organisations, including as UN High Representative for Elections in Côte d’Ivoire and as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in the Sudan. He was formerly the Ambassador of Portugal to France and the Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, where posts included being President of the Security Council and of the Security Council’s Committee established by Resolution 661 (1990). António is currently also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Bank Millenium BCP (Banco Comercial Português), a nonexecutive member of the Board of the Angolan Bank BPA (Banco Privado Atlântico), a nonexecutive member of the Board of the Spanish bank Sabadell, and Chairman of the Advisory Council of Gulbenkian’s Foundation Program for Development Assistance.
11. JOHN NORTON
Appointed: April 1997
John Norton is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was a partner at Arthur Andersen, heading the oil and gas practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, until his retirement in 1995. John was formerly also a member of the Oil Industry Accounting Committee and a director of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.
12. MIKE WATTS
Appointed: August 2009
Dr Mike Watts has over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive of Cairn Energy PLC and the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Amsterdam listed Holland Sea Search, which was acquired by Cairn Energy PLC in 1995, and has held senior technical and management roles with Premier, Burmah and Shell. Mike is also currently Joint Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Magna Energy Ltd.