The Board has wide experience of the sector and regulatory environment in which Cairn operates, as well as the appropriate financial and risk management skills.
Simon Thomson was appointed as Chief Executive in July 2011 having been Legal and Commercial Director since 2006 and holding various posts across the organisation including Head of Assets.
Simon originally joined Cairn in 1995 and holds an LLB (Hons) from Aberdeen University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Glasgow University. He is also a non-executive director of Graham’s The Family Dairy Limited and a member of the advisory Board of the Winning Scotland Foundation until March 2017.
Simon chairs the Senior Leadership Team and the Group Risk Management Committee. He is a member of the Nomination Committee and attends meetings of the Remuneration Committee by invitation and part of each audit committee meeting by invitation.
James Smith was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as CFO.
James joined Cairn in March 2014 from Rothschild where he was a director of the energy & power team with 15 years' experience advising E&P companies, oil majors and national oil companies on their M&A transactions and equity and debt market financing.
Prior to joining Rothschild, James was a member of the oil & gas team at Merrill Lynch and prior to that at Harrison Lovegrove (now part of Standard Chartered Bank).
In addition to his experience advising European oil and gas clients, James has previously spent time working in both Houston and Perth.
He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford.
James is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Governance Committee and the Group Risk Management Committee and attends meetings of the Audit Committee by invitation.
Ian Tyler was appointed as non-executive Chairman in May 2014.
Ian was initially appointed to the Board as an independent non-executive director in June 2013. Ian was Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty PLC from 2005 until March 2013. During this time he took the company from being primarily a UK construction business to a global infrastructure services business.
Ian graduated with a first class degree in Commerce at Birmingham University. He then qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1987. Ian subsequently held a number of senior finance and operational positions within listed companies.
Ian is Independent Chairman of AWE Management Limited, senior independent non-executive director of Mediclinic International PLC until February 2017, a non-executive director of BAE Systems plc and non-executive chairman of Bovis Homes Group PLC.
Ian chairs the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Governance Committee. He attends Audit Committee meetings by invitation.
Todd Hunt was appointed as an independent non-executive director in May 2003.
Given his length of tenure, he is no longer considered to be independent in terms of the UK Corporate Governance Code.
Todd has 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He is President and joint owner of Atropos Exploration Company and Atropos Production Company based in Dallas, Texas.
Todd attends meetings of the Remuneration Committee by invitation.
Iain McLaren was appointed as an independent non-executive director in July 2008.
Iain is chairman of Investors Capital Trust plc and a non-executive director of Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon plc, Edinburgh Dragon Trust plc, Jadestone Energy Inc and Ecofin Water and Power Opportunities plc.
He holds a BA in Accountancy and Finance from Heriot Watt University, and is also a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Iain chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee.
M. Jacqueline Sheppard QC was appointed as an independent non-executive director in May 2010.
Jackie was previously Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal at Talisman Energy Inc., a post she held for 15 years from 1993 to 2008.
She holds a BA from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, BA and MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and LLB from McGill University. Jackie was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta (Canada) in 1982 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel for the Province of Alberta in 2008.
Jackie is non-executive chair of Emera Inc., a public Canada-based international energy generation, transportation and distribution company. She is also a director of the general partner of Pacific NorthWest LNG LP, which was formed for the purpose of constructing, owning and operating an LNG facility in British Columbia. She is a founder of two upstream oil and gas companies and is the lead director and chair of the Audit Committee of one of those companies, Black Swan Energy Inc., a Canada-based private equity financed company. She is also Director of Seven Generations Energy Corporation.
Jackie chairs both the Remuneration Committee and the Governance Committee.
Alexander Berger was appointed as an independent non-executive director of Cairn in May 2010.
Alexander is Chief Executive Officer of Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V., a private Dutch exploration and production company based in Amsterdam and a director of Oranje-Nassau Energie UK Limited and Oranje-Nassau Energy Petroleum Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Discover Exploration Limited.
Alexander holds a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from Delft University and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.
Alexander is a member of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee.
Keith Lough was appointed as an independent non-executive director in May 2015.
Keith Lough was Finance Director of British Energy PLC from 2001 to 2004 before becoming a founder shareholder and Chief Executive of Composite Energy Ltd, a privately owned coal-bed methane focused business. He held this post until 2011, when Composite was divested to Dart Energy.
He has an MSc in Finance from London Business School and a degree in Economics from University of Edinburgh, and is also a qualified chartered certified accountant.
Keith is currently, senior independent non-executive director of Rockhopper Exploration PLC, non-executive director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd., and the UK Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.
Keith is a member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Governance Committee.
Peter Kallos was appointed as an independent non-executive director in September 2015.
After a short period at Shell UK following its acquisition of Enterprise in 2002, Peter was appointed Executive Vice President International and Offshore for Petro-Canada. There he led and developed a significant international exploration and production business based in London which grew to account for more than half of Petro-Canada's worldwide production. Following Petro-Canada's merger with Suncor in 2009 he performed the same role for Suncor until the business was relocated to Canada in early 2010.
He completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Physics at Strathclyde University followed by a postgraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University, starting his career as a Petroleum Engineer at Marathon Oil in 1982. Following a period at Carless Exploration, he joined Enterprise Oil in 1988 where he held a number of senior management positions including Head of Business Development, CEO Enterprise Italy and General Manager of the UK business during which he was appointed to Enterprise's Executive Committee.
Peter is currently Chief Executive Officer of Buried Hill Energy, a UK based oil and gas business with activities in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea.
Peter is a member of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee.
Nicoletta Giadrossi was appointed as an independent non-executive director in January 2017.
Nicoletta Giadrossi holds a BA in Mathematics & Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She began her career with The Boston Consulting Group before moving to General Electric, where she progressed through a series of P&L management roles in several European divisions in Equipment and Capital Goods before taking on global responsibility for GE's Oil & Gas Refinery & Petrochemicals Division, based in Florence.
Nicoletta subsequently spent three years in private equity based in Paris before returning to the Oil and Gas industry as VP & General Manager, EMEA at Dresser-Rand. Following the sale of Dresser-Rand to Siemens, Nicoletta moved to Norway as Investment Director in holding company Aker Asa, where she was responsible for overseeing the main portfolio company, Aker Solutions, and a member of its board of directors. She subsequently was appointed Head of Operations at Aker Solutions. In 2014 she took up the role of President Europe, Africa, Russia & India at Technip, where she had oversight of €3.7 billion revenues, more than 10,000 employees and responsibility for onshore, offshore and subsea activities in the Region.
Following Technip's merger with FMC, Nicoletta has focused on non-executive director roles and she is currently a non-executive director of Fincantieri, Bureau Veritas Group and Faiveley Transport.
Nicoletta is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
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