Directors & Management Directors & Management
Manuel Pablo Zuniga-Pflucker
Gregory Smith
Estuardo Alvarez-Calderon
Charles Fetzner
James Taylor
Gary Guidry
Ryan Ellson
Douglas Urch
Gavin Wilson
Mark McComiskey

MANAGEMENT

Manuel Pablo Zuniga-Pflucker

Chief Executive Officer and Director

  • Native Peruvian with >30 years of experience in petroleum engineering
  • Started career with Occidental in Bakersfield & Block 192 in Peru
  • Founder and former CEO of BPZ Energy
  • Helped shape policies promoting oil investments in Peru, including the current long-term test regulation

Gregory Smith

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

  • >20 years oil and gas experience, involved in over $3 billion in debt and equity transactions
  • Executive level finance and investor relations experience at Energy XXI and BPZ Energy

Estuardo Alvarez-Calderon

Vice President, Operations

  • >35 years of oil and gas experience with focus on exploration and new discoveries, and bringing those fields to initial production
  • Various senior roles across the Americas for Occidental
  • Former VP of Exploration and Production at BPZ Energy

Charles Fetzner

Vice President, Asset Development

  • 35 years of experience managing exploration and development projects spanning the USA, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, China and Africa
  • 19 years at Apache as New Ventures Exploration & Development Manager and Exploration Manager Worldwide Exploration

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

James Taylor

  • 50 years of technical and executive experience
  • Held various senior and executive level roles at Occidental, including Executive VP of Worldwide Exploration & Development and COO of Canadian Occidental
  • Former director / chairman of numerous private / public companies

Gary Guidry

  • President & CEO of Gran Tierra with >35 years as a Professional Engineer with APEGA
  • Former President & CEO of Caracal Energy, Orion O&G, Tanganyika Oil
  • Senior operational roles at Occidental in Nigeria / West Africa, Yemen and Venezuela

Ryan Ellson

  • >15 years experience as a Chartered Accountant
  • CFO of Gran Tierra
  • Former Head of Finance at Glencore E&P Canada and VP Finance at Caracal Energy

Douglas Urch

  • Chartered Professional Accountant with >35 years experience in international oil & gas
  • Executive VP & CFO of Bankers Petroleum, former VP & CFO of Rally Energy

Gavin Wilson

  • Director of Sterling & Investment Manager for Meridian
  • Former founder & manager of RAB Energy & RAB Octane listed investment funds

Mark McComiskey

  • Founding Partner of Vanwall Capital, LLC. and was a Managing Partner of Prostar Capital Ltd
  • Former Principal of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. He was an associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP
  • Holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in Economics from Harvard College.