Dana Gas PJSC, a publicly-listed natural gas company in the Middle East, has announced the appointment of Patrick Allman-Ward as the new Group CEO for the company with effect from September 1, 2013.
The company, which is listed on the Abu Dhabi Exchange (ADX) and recently announced the successful refinancing of its $1 billion sukuk, conducted an extensive executive search process after the retirement last year of its CEO, Ahmed Al-Arbeed, who remains a Member of the Board.
The incoming CEO Dr. Patrick Allman-Ward is an accomplished international energy executive with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, in many senior positions including in the Middle East and the Gulf Region in particular. He also brings with him an in-depth knowledge of Dana Gas as the current General Manager of Dana Gas Egypt, having joined the company in 2012 after a successful career with Shell International.
Through his responsibilities in managing all aspects of Dana Gas’ operations in Egypt, including exploration, production, business development and government relations, Dr. Allman-Ward achieved new exploration discoveries, increasing production and developing new business opportunities.
He will continue as General Manager for Dana Gas Egypt until a suitable replacement has been found.
Patrick Allman-Ward started his career at Shell in 1982. He gained experience in a wide range of departments including exploration, planning, business development, commercial negotiations and HSSE. At Shell he held senior management roles as Vice-President Exploration for Asia-Pacific, CEO and Board Member of the South Rub Al Khali Company – of which Saudi Aramco was a major shareholder, Vice-President of New Business Development in Saudi Arabia and New Ventures Execution Manager for Europe.
Dr. Allman-Ward, who is English, studied geology at Durham University and earned his PhD from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geology (AAPG), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the South-East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX).