Board of Directors
Simon Heale has a significant business operations and management experience, gained through a diverse range of industries.
He is the Chairman of GMS Offshore Contractor since 2014. Appointed to the Board of Kaz Minerals plc (previously known as Kazakhmys plc) in 2007 and has been its Chairman since 2013- retirement effective January 1st, 2018.
Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Jardine Fleming Limited, Deputy Managing Director of Cathay Pacific Airways and Chief Executive of The London Metal Exchange. He is also a non-executive director and chairman of Panmure Gordon & Co plc, and a non‑executive director of PZ Cussons plc, Morgan Advanced Materials PLC, Coats plc and Carlton Commodities Capital Corporate Member Limited.Mr. Heale is also a Chairman of Gulf Marine Services PLC and Marex Spectron Group Limited.
In his role as Chairman he encourages open and constructive debate and promotes effective decision making.
Mr. Rigas is a founding shareholder of Energean Oil & Gas and has been Chairman and CEO of the Group since 2007. Mr. Rigas is a Petroleum Engineer with a combination of oil & gas and investment banking experience.
Prior to setting up Energean Oil & Gas, Mr. Rigas spent 18 years in investment banking and has experience in Private Equity investments in oil & gas, project finance and shipping. Between 2001 and 2007 Mr. Rigas set up, and became the Managing Partner of, Capital Connect Venture Partners, a Greek investment fund. From 1999 until 2001, Mr. Rigas managed Piraeus Bank’s Shipping Investment Banking division.
As Vice President of Shipping, Energy & Project Finance at Chase Manhattan Bank in London (1993-1999), Mr. Rigas arranged financing in excess of US$5 billion, mainly in the oil & gas sector.
He holds a Degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc / DIC Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College.
Mr. Benos has extensive experience of working on international projects in the oil & gas sector, both in banking and industry, with a long track record of upstream financings in emerging markets.
He joined Energean from Standard Chartered Bank, where he worked as a Director in their London Oil & Gas team to deliver a number of significant projects and acquisitions in Africa, Asia and Middle East.
Mr. Benos previously worked for ConocoPhillips, where he held positions in European Treasury, North Sea Economics and International Downstream, with a focus on the North Sea, Central Europe and Middle East business. Mr. Benos began his career with Royal Bank of Scotland.
He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and holds an MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance from Cass Business School.
Mr. Topouzoglou is an entrepreneur with more than 35 years’ experience in founding and growing companies in the energy transportation sector.
He is a founding partner of Energean Oil & Gas. He is also the principal shareholder and founder of Prime and serves as Chief Executive Officer since 1999, a predecessor of PRIME Tanker & PRIME Gas, a worldwide leading international product tanker and gas carrier management company with a fleet of 38 modern product tankers, LPG and Ammonia carriers.
Mr. Topouzoglou has also invested and founded Prime Energy, a company engaged in the renewable energy business in developments of solar parks.
He holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Athens, Greece.
David Bonanno joined Third Point in 2008. He focuses on special situation opportunities in the US and Europe, and acts as the primary investment professional for the Third Point Hellenic Recovery Fund, L.P.
Mr. Bonanno was previously an associate in the Private Equity and Distressed Investments Group at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and an analyst in the Restructuring and Reorganization Advisory Group at Rothschild Inc.
Mr. Bonanno graduated with honours from Harvard University with a BA in Psychology
Mr. Ohad Marani is a Board Member of Bank Leumi of Israel Ltd since October 2015 and member of the Investment Committee of Israel’s Infrastructure Fund Previously, CEO of ILDC-Energy Ltd.
Previously, Mr. Marani has been Chairman of the board of Emmanuelle Energy (2010-2015). Chairman of the board of Israel Natural gas Lines Ltd (2008-2010), Chairman of the board of Alumot Investment House (2007-2009), and Chairman of the Board of ORL- Israel Oil Refineries Ltd.( 2004-2007).
He has also served as Director-General of Israel Finance Ministry (2001 – 2003), Director of the Budget Department of the State of Israel (2000 – 2001) and Minister of Economic Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington(1995 – 2000), while he has Voluntary served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Economics Committee of the Manufacturers Association of Israel (2004 – 2008) and a Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Batsheva Dance Company, one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the world (2005 – 2013)
Ambassador Peck has almost 35 years in the Government of Canada as a career Foreign Service Officer.
Currently, he is a Senior Advisor in the Human Ressources Bureau at Global Affairs Canada where he serves as resident mentor to nearly thirty first-time Heads of Mission.
Previously, Mr. Peck held various diplomatic roles in Nigeria, Switzerland and Greece. As Canada’s representative to both Algeria and the Hellenic Republic, Ambassador Peck worked closely with the Canadian oil and gas and mining sectors.
He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO), a member of the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG), and an Honorary Director of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation of Toronto.
Mr. Peck was also Involved with a number of charitable organizations in Greece, including a safe haven for refugee minors on the Greek island of Lesbos. He has received numerous awards including the Canadian Foreign Minister’s Citation for Foreign Policy Excellence, the Minister’s Merit Award, a Citation from the Fondation Club Avenir for his exceptional contribution to Canada-Algeria relations, and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix conferred by the President of the Hellenic Republic