World-Class Management Team

World-Class Management Team

Our management team is committed to delivering safe, reliable, and low-cost LNG exports. From engineering and legal, to financial and environmental, we have market-leading expertise in every aspect of the business.

Robert Pender

Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and Founder

Robert (Bob) Pender is the Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and founder of the Company.  Bob previously served as a partner at Hogan Lovells, a global law firm, where he was Co-Leader of its global Energy and Natural Resources team and the Chair and Practice Group Director of its Project & International Finance Group for a decade.  Bob is internationally recognized for his high profile transactional work, focusing on energy infrastructure projects and international power, including nuclear, hydro, gas, LNG, wind, coal and biomass. Bob Pender

He has worked on more than $25 billion in transactions located throughout North America, Central and South America, and South Asia. Bob represented independent power producers, utility affiliates, lenders, equity investors and nation states, such as the Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Guyana and Peoples Republic of China (through SOEs, Sinosure and China Development Bank).  Bob was ranked by Chambers as one of the most experienced and highly recognized attorneys in the global projects industry. Clients described Bob as “offering legal counsel that is ‘second to none’” in Legal 500. Upon joining Venture Global Partners, he also provided pro bono support to the Republic of Haiti, beginning with legal support to the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, the U. S. State Department and then serving as a counselor to the Minister Delegate for Energy Security, Republic of Haiti. Prior to law school, Bob worked as a staff assistant on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics and then on the White House Staff. During law school, he continued on the White House Staff as a law clerk in the Office of Counsel to the President

 

Michael Sabel

Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and Founder

Michael Sabel is a Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and founder of the Company. Mike has over 24 years of experience in capital markets’ transactions including initial public and secondary offerings, public and private M&A transactions, and private equity and venture capital.Michael Sabel Additionally, Mike has experience in the energy, energy technology and financial service sectors in new company formation, technology licensing, and corporate business development. Mike also advised on private equity and M&A transactions for software, technology and real estate companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Mike was previously Executive Vice President of First Sierra Financial, a publicly traded commercial finance company. He was responsible for leading business and e-commerce strategy, public equity market transactions, the company’s active acquisition program, and acted as President of the commercial finance companies acquired in the U.K. Prior to First Sierra, Mike was a Managing Director with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. in the investment banking group, and Vice President, investment banking, with Sandler O’Neil & Partners.

Peter Bell

Vice President, Environmental and Regulatory

Peter Bell serves as Vice President of Environmental and Regulatory. In this role, he is primarily responsible for securing the necessary environmental permits and approvals to move the Calcasieu Pass Project forward from the design phase through to construction and operation.

BellPeter-56084-2948-214x300Prior to joining Venture Global LNG, Peter worked for 26 years as an environmental consultant, the last 20 of which have been focused on energy infrastructure development in the United States. Peter began his environmental consulting career at Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc. (ESE) in 1989, later joining ENSR International in Chicago where he was a Senior Project Manager and business development lead for oil and gas infrastructure development projects in the Midwest. In 2003, Peter joined Natural Resource Group, LLC (NRG) in Houston, where he was a Principal and Office Manager prior to joining Venture Global LNG. As an environmental consultant, Peter has managed and provided senior technical permitting support for numerous FERC-regulated and non-FERC regulated infrastructure development projects across the United States from conception to construction, including inter- and intrastate oil and gas pipeline projects, underground gas storage projects, and multiple LNG import and export terminal development projects on the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. His LNG experience has been both on the applicant side and as a third-party consultant to the FERC. Peter’s technical and academic background has focused on water quality, wetlands ecology, and environmental risk assessment. Peter holds Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Biological Sciences) degrees from the University of Keele in the United Kingdom and a Certificate in Further Education from Garnett College, London. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Risk Assessment from Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois.

Peter Carolan

Senior Vice President, EPC

Peter Carolan serves as the company’s Senior Vice President, EPC. He has over 30 years’ experience in onshore gas processing, onshore LNG Liquefaction and offshore LNG regasification project development, execution and operations.CarolanPeter-56039-1109-214x300 Previously employed by E.ON Global Commodities for 7 years, and assigned to Italy as Managing Director of the JV project company, OLT Offshore, Peter successfully managed the whole development of the world’s first permanently-moored offshore floating storage regasification unit (FSRU Toscana) through EPC project execution, permit approval process, operations & maintenance subcontracts, operating company build-up with ISO 9001 / 4001 certification, regulatory approval, terminal user agreements, project finance and the first 15 months of initial operation. Prior to that, Peter worked for MW Kellogg Ltd (a subsidiary of KBR) in London for 12 years on several FEED and EPC projects in gas processing and LNG Liquefaction for Europe and Middle East in positions of increasing project management responsibility, lastly as Project Director. Peter is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, with a Batchelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Swansea, UK and a Master of Business Administration from Open University, UK.

Don Coers

Senior Vice President, Engineering (Emeritus)

Don Coers serves as the Senior Vice President of Engineering (Emeritus) of the Company. Previously, Don was with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, an international engineering and construction contractor specializing in LNG and other energy projects.

CoersDon-56039-1148-214x300Don worked in various capacities developing and managing the company’s commercial, technical and construction business through 2000. He served as Manager of low temperature and cryogenic projects at CB&I for over ten years. When he retired, Don was Corporate Manager of LNG & LPG products. He has decades of experience managing engineering and construction of liquefied natural gas projects. For the past fourteen years, Don has provided consulting services on over forty LNG projects for LNG production, transportation, and storage and re-gasification terminals. He is on the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee on Liquefied Natural Gas, NFPA 59A, and President of Coers & Company.

Pauline Crane

Assistant General Counsel

Pauline Crane serves as Assistant General Counsel of Venture Global LNG, Inc.  Prior to joining the Company, Pauline was an associate with Sidley Austin LLP, where she represented sponsors, borrowers and lenders in the development and

CranePauline-56282-9046-214x300financing of large-scale projects and portfolios of projects, including gas-fired power plants, wind farms, biomass and solar energy projects.  She also represented investment firms and developers in the acquisition and sale of energy assets. Earlier in her career, Pauline was legal counsel and corporate secretary of EDF Inc., U.S. holding company of Electricité de France SA, and she assisted with acquisitions, investments and joint ventures totaling over $5 billion in the nuclear energy sector.  Pauline also worked for the legal department of the World Bank, advising governments on commercial law issues and infrastructure projects in Africa and the Middle East.  She was the lead attorney on joint World Bank – IMF missions including in Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Madagascar, Mauritania, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia.  Pauline received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2001 and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2008.

Stephen H. Del Regno

Senior Vice President, VG LNG Marketing, LLC

Stephen H. Del Regno serves as Senior Vice President LNG Marketing for VG LNG Marketing, LLC and leads LNG marketing efforts from Tokyo.

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Stephen brings to Venture Global LNG more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, the last 14 years of which were in Tokyo where he led LNG marketing for Chevron’s North Asia LNG. During his career, Stephen developed a broad network of industry relationships and a proven track record of successful commercialization of LNG projects. While at Chevron, Stephen led the marketing effort that successfully secured long term sales contracts for approximately 11 MTPA of LNG for the company’s two large Australian LNG projects. In his career, he has worked extensively in Asia, North America and the Middle East in virtually all segments of the gas and LNG value chain, including natural gas marketing and development and acquisition of natural gas pipeline and distribution infrastructure as well as electric power assets in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Before joining Chevron, Stephen was President of the El Paso Japan Company, where he was responsible for development of LNG, natural gas and gas-fired electric power assets. At El Paso, he also led origination of opportunities for electricity marketing, gas marketing and trading businesses in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Prior to the merger of Chevron and Texaco, Stephen served as President of Texaco Natural Gas International (TNGI), where he directed commercial support for development of Texaco’s discovered and prospective worldwide natural gas reserves.  Stephen received a B.A. in Economics and English Literature and an M.S. in Econometrics, both from the University of North Texas.

Herbert Duke

Engineering Manager

Herbert Duke serves the Company as a manager in the engineering department. Prior to joining Venture Global LNG in October of 2015, Mr. Duke developed a diverse background through employment in a variety of fields.

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During his 15+ year career, Mr. Duke has gained experience in telecommunication design and construction; nuclear gas separation, purification and storage as well as nuclear waste remediation; heavy petroleum processing; hydrocarbon gas treatment and pipeline distribution; and LNG storage and liquefaction as well as vaporization.His career has included a mix of Conceptual, FEED, EPC, Construction and Start-up Support and assignments. Most recently, Mr. Duke supported the FEED efforts for the planned Mozambique Gas Development project. Mr. Duke holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

 

Tom Earl

Chief Commercial Officer, VG LNG Marketing, LLC

Tom Earl is the Chief Commercial Officer of VG LNG Marketing, LLC. Tom previously served as Vice President at the international oil company Total, focusing on the development of its global LNG business.

Tom EarlAfter graduating from City University in London with a degree in Engineering, Tom joined Total’s newly formed gas marketing and trading team in 1998. After various responsibilities within the trading division of the newly combined Total, Elf and Petrofina operations, he managed the natural gas option desk and gas trading desk. Tom successfully led significant commercial negotiations on long-term gas and LNG contracts in countries such as Russia, Norway and Qatar.

In 2006, Tom was appointed Head of Electricity Trading at Total where he led a significant expansion into newly opened power markets across Europe. In 2011, Tom moved to Houston, where he was appointed as head of Total’s North America commodity trading business, including its LNG, gas, power, coal, petcoke and LPG operations. Tom also represented Total in its US LNG liquefaction transactions from 2012 to 2015.

In 2015, Tom was appointed Vice President of Development for Total’s global LNG activities. Tom led Total’s most recent and highly regarded global expansion into new LNG markets. This work has included innovative new LNG terminal projects and new downstream asset transactions across the world.

Mike Eberhardt

Chief Financial Officer

Mike Eberhardt is the Chief Financial Officer.  Mike has 27 years of experience advising and auditing utility and manufacturing companies specifically focused on electric, gas, independent power producers and other energy-related business operations such as energy trading and retail services.  Mike has assisted his clients through mergers and acquisitions, IT systems implementations, operational transformations and business and accounting challenges.

EberhardtMike was previously a partner with PwC in the National Utility Practice providing audit and audit related services to his clients as well as advisory services to a number of the top investor owned utilities in the United States.  Mike led the U.S. regulatory practice for PwC assisting clients with state and FERC filing requirements as well as litigation support for accounting dispute resolutions.  Mike has vast experience assisting SEC registrants with financial statement presentation and reporting requirements.

Brian Eisentrout

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Brian Eisentrout serves as Senior Vice President of Engineering. Brian has more than 40 years’ experience with Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) in project management, design, engineering, construction and commissioning, and most recently served as a lead Process Technology Manager at CB&I.

EisentroutBrian-56039-1163-214x300Brian has a broad background including work on Black Liquor Evaporators, Solar Powered Desalination, Specialty Offshore Structures, LPG and LNG facilities. Brian has worked on several dozen LNG projects in various capacities including: Project Manager; Engineering Manager; Conceptual Designer; pre-FEED and FEED Design Engineer and Manager; Process Designer; permit support staff; and EPC Engineering/Commissioning Manager.  Brian’s LNG skills have been applied to storage tanks, peak-shaving facilities, import terminals and export terminals for projects both domestically and in Europe and Asia. In addition to his roles on LNG projects, Brian has worked as a Field Engineer, Tank Design Engineer, Structural Design Engineer, Piping Engineer, and Process Engineer. Brian serves on NFPA 59A Technical Committee for LNG and CSA Z276 Canadian Technical Committee for LNG.

Ben Frothingham

Vice President, Environmental and Regulatory

Ben Frothingham serves as Director of Environmental and Regulatory. In this role, he is primarily responsible for supporting the project team to secure the necessary environmental permits and approvals to move the Calcasieu Pass and Plaquemines LNG Projects forward from the design phase through to construction and operation.

FrothinghamBen-56345-0845-214x300Prior to joining Venture Global LNG, Ben worked for more than 20 years as an environmental consultant and for five years at Hess LNG. Ben began his environmental consulting career in 1984 at Weston Geophysical Corporation in Westborough, MA. In 1989, Ben joined Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in Boston where he became an Associate Principal and Branch Office Manager. During his tenure at ERM, Ben worked on a number of LNG projects, including: Atlantic LNG in Trinidad; Distrigas Marine Terminal (now GDF Suez) in Everett, MA; Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port in Boston; Weaver’s Cove Energy in Fall River, MA; Crown Landing LNG in Logan Township, NJ; and Shannon LNG in Ireland. In 2007, Ben joined Hess LNG, where he was the Environment, Health, and Safety Manager and participated in all phases of permitting for three LNG projects. Ben has managed and provided senior technical permitting support for numerous FERC-regulated and non-FERC regulated LNG import terminal development projects in the U.S. and abroad. His LNG experience has been both on the applicant side and as a third-party consultant to the FERC. Ben holds a Bachelor degree in Geology from Guilford College in North Carolina and completed Masters level coursework in groundwater hydrology at Boston University. Ben also holds a number of certifications, including: U.S. Coast Guard Master, Licensed Site Professional in MA, Certified Geologist in ME, Professional Geologist in TN and AR, and Certified Environmental Manager in NV.

Will Fediw

Director of Marine and Regulatory Development

Will Fediw serves as the Director of Marine and Regulatory Development, spearheading critical waterway viability assessments, overseeing regulatory compliance development, and fostering strong partnerships within the local Louisiana community.

FediwWill-56340-0646-214x300Prior to joining the company, Will served in the United States Coast Guard, most recently as the Foreign Vessel Inspection Branch Director at Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles, Louisiana, ensuring adherence to international and federal safety and security regulations for petrochemical and gas carrier vessels. Previously, Will was the Waterfront Facilities Inspection Branch Director, responsible for the regulatory compliance of petrochemical and liquefied gas facilities in the Greater Lake Charles and Cameron area. Will understands vessel and facility inspections, community outreach, and energy project development. Will is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, earning a Business Degree in Maritime Supply Chain Management.

Vijetha Huffman

Vice President Financial Analysis and Treasurer

Vijetha Huffman leads the financial analysis, modeling, and valuation efforts for the company and is also the Treasurer. Vijetha has 20 years experience in energy and telecommunications combining strategic analysis with finance.

HuffmanVijetha-56216-6792rrr-214x300Prior to joining Venture Global, Vijetha was Vice President of FP&A at The AES Corporation, a global electric power and utility company. During her 9 years there, she drove corporate strategy via 10-year forecasts for AES’ global portfolio, advised the AES Board and senior management on external guidance, and managed corporate valuation work to support decisions such as stock buy-back programs. She also played a key role on several transactions including a $700m Chilean power acquisition, sale of $1.6b equity in AES’ publicly-listed parent company to China Investment Corporation, and the $5b acquisition of Dayton Power & Light. Before joining AES, Vijetha was with MCI Telecommunications (currently Verizon) for 10 years where she served in a number of financial analysis roles evaluating investment opportunities and strategic partnerships. In her time there, she also provided oral and written testimony in several cost proceedings and represented MCI’s views in meetings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as well as Public Utility Commissions in New York and Massachusetts.

Ken Kusano

Vice President, Marine Engineering

Ken Kusano serves as the Vice President of Marine Engineering at Venture Global LNG and leads the marine engineering and operations efforts.

KusanoKen-56573-9302rKen began his career as a shipboard engineer and then joined the U.S. Coast Guard, conducting Marine Investigations and Inspections throughout North America, Europe, Middle East and West Africa. In addition to field assignments, he served as a Project Officer permitting LNG Deepwater Port applications and was instrumental in the development of marine LNG risk assessments and dispersion modeling protocols. Ken then returned to the commercial sector as a Vessel Manager with Maersk to develop small scale midstream LNG. Most recently, he was a marine regulatory affairs and compliance advisor at Chevron Shipping where he collaborated with API, CSA, OCIMF, SIGTTO and WSPA. Ken earned a Masters of Engineering in Concurrent Marine Design from the University of Michigan and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the California Maritime Academy.

Jerome Laffont

Engineering Manager

Jerome serves as engineering manager. He brings to Venture Global 20 years of experience executing industrial capital projects worldwide for the chemical, food, and oil and gas industries.

LaffontJerome-56354-1059Jerome joined our team from Honeywell UOP, where as a principal project manager he spent the past 8 years delivering modular plants for the oil refining industry domestically and abroad. Jerome has extensive experience in detail design and fabrication in the U.S., France, Spain, U.A.E, Korea and Canada. Prior to UOP, he was with CAMERON in the U.K., managing projects in the upstream oil sector, both onshore and off shore. Jerome earned a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France.

Keith Larson

General Counsel

LarsonKeith-58659-6438Keith Larson serves as General Counsel.  Prior to joining Venture Global LNG, Keith was a partner at Hogan Lovells, a global law firm, heading its infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice for the Americas.  His previous experience also includes serving as Senior Legal Counsel for Royal Dutch Shell plc at its headquarters in The Hague. Keith has over twenty years of experience advising major energy companies on LNG matters and strategic transactions in the oil and gas sector.  He has been frequently recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, The Legal 500, IFLR and Law360.  Keith received his B.A. from Lafayette College and his J.D. with honors from Syracuse University.

Fory Musser

Senior Vice President, Development

Fory Musser serves as the company’s Senior Vice President of Development. He has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of financial, strategic planning and business development roles.

MusserFory-56039-1279-214x300Before joining Venture Global LNG, Inc. in September 2014, Fory was the Vice President, Corporate Development for Tervita Corporation, a privately held, leading provider of environmental services to the oil and gas industry in North America. Fory served at Tervita for 4 years and his primary responsibilities included strategic planning, executing corporate acquisitions and divestitures and special projects. Before joining Tervita, Fory served as the Vice President, Strategy for Covanta Energy, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of energy-from-waste facilities and other renewable energy infrastructure. Fory’s primary responsibilities at Covanta included strategic planning, executing corporate acquisitions, and developing new lines of business that complemented existing operations. Fory was with Covanta for 3 years. Fory also worked at The AES Corporation, a global independent power company, for 5 years in a variety of roles, principally focused on project financing, business development, and subsidiary debt restructuring. Before AES, Fory was a banker in the private placement group at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown for 3 years.

Tom Newton

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Tom serves as the company’s Senior Vice President of Engineering. Tom has 33 years experience in the development, construction, and operations of power plants in over 30 countries.

NewtonTom-56251-8088-214x300He has demonstrated success in turn-around and asset optimization situations as an executive with the AES Corporation, where he was responsible for performance improvement of over 120 plants worldwide. Tom also set up and managed construction management teams for $7 billion of capital projects in the Middle East. He is also an engineer and former plant manager with Southern Company. He earned a MBA from University of Notre Dame (2000) and a BSE in mechanical engineering from University of Alabama at Birmingham (1982). Tom is a registered P.E. in the state of Alabama.

John O’Leary

Senior Vice President, Operations

John O’Leary serves as Senior Vice President of Operations.  John has over 35 years experience in the Oil and Gas industry, predominantly with ExxonMobil in Process Engineering and Operations in both the Refining and LNG sectors.  John’s most recently served as COO of Cameron LNG.
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John has been in the LNG sector for nearly 20 years, beginning with the commissioning, start-up and operation of Rasgas Trains 1-3.  He acted in pre-operations planning roles supporting Qatargas II, as well as Gorgon and Cheniere, and most recently oversaw the Operations development at Cameron LNG.  John has an extensive operations background operating Refineries, Gas Plants and LNG facilities.  John is also an expert in Operations readiness, having lead Operations Readiness Reviews of more than 12 facilities including LNG Trains, LNG Regas Facilities and a 12,000 Tonne/Day sulfur storage and loading facility.  John hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Morgan O’Neill

Assistant General Counsel

Morgan O’Neill serves as the company’s Assistant General Counsel.  Prior to joining Venture Global LNG, Morgan was an associate at Andrews Kurth, where her practice included the representation of borrowers and lenders in corporate andONeillMorgan-56183-58381-214x300 project financings, the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas and renewable energy assets, and the development of LNG, wind, and solar energy projects.  Morgan received a B.A. with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Houston.

Jeff Perritt

Vice President, Gas Supply

Jeff brings over thirty years of natural gas supply management and trading experience to Venture Global.

PerrittJeff-56293-9756-214x300Prior to joining Venture Global, Jeff served as Managing Director of Southeast Trading for Sequent Energy Management, a subsidiary of AGL Resources, one of the largest independent gas marketers in the United States. His responsibilities included the procurement and optimization of supply, transport and storage in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. Prior to Sequent, Jeff served for nine years in a similar position with Oneok Energy Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he focused on moving supply from Oklahoma on CenterPoint (now Enable) to pipelines in the Perryville Hub in Louisiana. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.

Lance Remington

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Lance Remington comes to Venture Global LNG from GE Oil & Gas where he held a global role as Director of Technical Sales and drove strategies related to LNG plant equipment sales. He has over 10 years of experience in the design, construction, installation, and operation of LNG production facilities. RemingtonLance-57407-9891

Prior to his role at GE, Mr. Remington held a senior leadership position at Salof Companies, a cryogenics specialty business focused on the design, manufacture and commissioning of small to mid-scale modular LNG facilities. The Salof Companies impacted the small and mid-scale LNG market by developing and deploying modular LNG facilities that were complete in scope, a so called “plug and play” facility that maximized workshop content and effectively removed project execution risk. This process design delivered liquefaction efficiencies that rival larger base load facilities.

During Mr. Remington’s tenure at Salof, the organization grew from a privately held company with approximately $30 MM USD in annual revenue to over $300 MM USD. The success of this growth ultimately led to the acquisition of Salof Companies by GE Oil & Gas. While at Salof, Mr. Remington managed the design and manufacture of Shell’s MMLS portfolio of liquefaction equipment, including Elba Island. He has also served as project manager, project engineer and construction and start-up supervisor for a large number of LNG projects around the world.

 

Dustin Richards

Controller

Dustin Richards serves as the Controller of the Company.  Prior to joining Venture Global LNG, Inc., he worked in the assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, serving clients in its energy and not-for-profit sectors.

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Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree in accounting.  He is a licensed CPA.

Alexander Schreyer

Vice President, VG LNG Marketing, LLC

Alexander Schreyer serves as the Vice President of Marketing for VG LNG Marketing, LLC. Prior to Venture Global, Dr. Schreyer worked within E.ON’s commodity trading house, where he gained valuable international experience in LNG, gas and power.

SchreyerAlexander-56039-0825-214x300While at E.ON, he contributed to the structuring and negotiation of several large commodity transactions and M&A integration projects. Alex is is experienced in long term power and gas origination with a focus in the Americas. Dr. Schreyer’s career began at IBM as consultant and industry expert responsible for business development and sales activities in Austria for the Energy & Utilities sectors. As a consultant, he managed projects at multiple utilities and energy trading companies for process change, system selection and implementation. Alexander studied business in Innsbruck and Spain and has a Doctorate degree from the University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria.

Jessica Blake Wickett

Vice President, External Affairs

Jessica Blake leads the company’s public affairs and plays an important role in project development.

BlakeJessicaR-56039-12431-214x300Prior to joining the company, Jessica worked in the United States House of Representatives, serving as a Legislative Director and Financial Services Committee Advisor. Jessica has an extensive understanding of energy and financial services policy and is talented at coalition building. In addition, Jessica has worked in business development and strategy for a privately held oil and gas asset firm in Texas. Jessica is fluent in Spanish and comprehends Portuguese, as a result of years spent working in South America in management consulting. Jessica holds a B.A. from Tulane University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Leah Woodward

Managing Director, Investor Relations

WoodwardLeah-58658-6418[1]Leah Woodward leads the company’s investor relations efforts and focuses specifically on capital raising activities.  Leah has over a decade of experience across the capital structure and has worked with many of the world’s largest money managers.

Prior to joining the company, Leah was a Managing Director and Head of Institutional Sales at Height Securities, a Washington, D.C.-based broker-dealer and investment bank focused on regulated industries.  In her 8 years at Height Leah helped to source and market private capital raising transactions, particularly in the oil and gas and alternative energy sectors, and in that capacity worked on Venture Global LNG’s first four capital raises.  Previously, Leah was an institutional salesperson in the Interest Rate Group at BNP Paribas, one of the world’s largest banks, where she marketed a wide variety of credit products.  Leah holds a B.A. in Economics with honors from the University of Virginia and earned her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter in 2010.

 

 

Robert Pender

Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and Founder

Robert (Bob) Pender is the Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and founder of the Company.  Bob previously served as a partner at Hogan Lovells, a global law firm, where he was Co-Leader of its global Energy and Natural Resources team and the Chair and Practice Group Director of its Project & International Finance Group for a decade.  Bob is internationally recognized for his high profile transactional work, focusing on energy infrastructure projects and international power, including nuclear, hydro, gas, LNG, wind, coal and biomass. Bob Pender

He has worked on more than $25 billion in transactions located throughout North America, Central and South America, and South Asia. Bob represented independent power producers, utility affiliates, lenders, equity investors and nation states, such as the Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Guyana and Peoples Republic of China (through SOEs, Sinosure and China Development Bank).  Bob was ranked by Chambers as one of the most experienced and highly recognized attorneys in the global projects industry. Clients described Bob as “offering legal counsel that is ‘second to none’” in Legal 500. Upon joining Venture Global Partners, he also provided pro bono support to the Republic of Haiti, beginning with legal support to the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, the U. S. State Department and then serving as a counselor to the Minister Delegate for Energy Security, Republic of Haiti. Prior to law school, Bob worked as a staff assistant on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics and then on the White House Staff. During law school, he continued on the White House Staff as a law clerk in the Office of Counsel to the President

 

Michael Sabel

Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and Founder

Michael Sabel is a Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and founder of the Company. Mike has over 24 years of experience in capital markets’ transactions including initial public and secondary offerings, public and private M&A transactions, and private equity and venture capital.Michael Sabel Additionally, Mike has experience in the energy, energy technology and financial service sectors in new company formation, technology licensing, and corporate business development. Mike also advised on private equity and M&A transactions for software, technology and real estate companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Mike was previously Executive Vice President of First Sierra Financial, a publicly traded commercial finance company. He was responsible for leading business and e-commerce strategy, public equity market transactions, the company’s active acquisition program, and acted as President of the commercial finance companies acquired in the U.K. Prior to First Sierra, Mike was a Managing Director with Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. in the investment banking group, and Vice President, investment banking, with Sandler O’Neil & Partners.

Daniel Poneman

Board Member

Daniel Poneman served as Deputy Secretary of Energy from May 2009 until October 2014, where his responsibilities spanned the range of US energy policies and programs, including cybersecurity, project management, national security,

PonemanDaniel-56446-4082-214x300and international cooperation. His efforts in incident management and emergency response included the Fukushima accident, the 2011 drawdown from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and Hurricane Sandy.  From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Poneman served as a principal of The Scowcroft Group, providing strategic advice to corporations on a wide variety of international projects and transactions. Earlier he practiced law as a partner at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Poneman served on the National Security Council as Director of Defense Policy and Arms Control under President George H.W. Bush and as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Export Controls under President Bill Clinton. He is the author of two books and coauthor of a third, “Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis,” which received the 2005 Douglas Dillon Award for Distinguished Writing on American Diplomacy.

Gregory Kennedy

Board Member

Mr. Kennedy is a senior vice president with PIMCO in the Newport Beach office. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2010, he was a principal at Redrock Capital Management.

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Previously, Mr. Kennedy was an associate in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs and a senior consultant with Deloitte Consulting. He has 13 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.

John Ruggirello

Board Member

John Ruggirello serves on the company’s Board of Directors. John held various management positions with AES Corporation, a global power company, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

McKay_JohnR_HS_opt-225x300He was responsible for construction and operation of energy infrastructure and power generating plants in twenty countries and served on the Board of Directors for AES subsidiaries and joint ventures in the U.S., Panama, Chile, Northern Ireland, Oman and Qatar. Prior to joining AES, John was Operations Manager for a division of the Diamond Shamrock Corporation.

Jimmy Staton

Board Member

Jimmy Staton serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Jimmy is a highly accomplished business executive with a proven track record of creating and enabling growth strategies and consistent execution.

StatonJimmy-56039-0894-214x300Jimmy has broad based energy experience having been Chief Executive of one of the largest gas distribution systems in the United States, a Midwest electric and gas utility and a major interstate gas pipeline and midstream business. Jimmy previously served as Executive Vice President and Group CEO for NiSource, Inc. While at NiSource, Jimmy was responsible for developing and executing strategies resulting in a portfolio of $25 billion of long-term investment opportunities. In addition, Jimmy developed industry leading marketing and regulatory initiatives. Prior to his tenure at NiSource, Jimmy held several senior executive level positions at Dominion Resources, Inc. where he helped create one of the lowest cost operations in the industry. Jimmy has also been active in industry organizations having served on the Board of Directors for the Edison Electric Institute, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the American Gas Association, the American Gas Foundation and the Southern Gas Association.

Terry Newendorp

Board Member

Terry Newendorp was the founder of Taylor-DeJongh and has more than 35 years of experience in international and cross-border capital investments, project and structured financing, corporate financing and private placements of capital.  He has negotiated and closed deals in 75 countries, aggregating more than $250 billion, primarily in the oil & gas, petrochemicals, energy, metals & mining and infrastructure sectors.  In addition to extensi28946b6ve experience organizing and structuring commercial bank loans globally, he has strong experience with multilateral financing institutions and the export credit agencies of most of the developed world. He has extensive experience assisting clients in managing the project development process and in closing transactions.  He has been the financial advisor for 27 trains of LNG production, having worked with or advised most of the major IOC sponsors of LNG projects globally since 1994, as well as advisories on numerous LNG receiving terminals for gas utilities or buyers in 10 countries. Terry has also supervised over 240 IPP financial advisories and over 26,000 km of pipelines for project financing.  He has been the overall leader for project finance teams that have won 14 “Deal of the Year” awards since 1999. Under his leadership, Taylor-DeJongh ranked in the top 20 financial institutions in the world for total value of project finance advisories over the 10 year period 2004-2013 (PFI League Tables).  Among Terry’s awards are: “Independent Energy 25-year All-Star Award” for energy finance, Infrastructure Journal’s “Oil and Gas Advisor of the Year, 2003,” Leader of “Superstar Team, Asia/Middle East Oil and Gas,” Infrastructure Journal’s “Latin America Advisor of the Year, 2001,” and numerous other international accolades for success in energy finance globally. He is on the Board of Directors of investment funds and energy companies, and he has advised the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on energy security issues.