Appointment of Robert Gard as CEO
Published on 24th December, 2021
The Twinza Oil Limited Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Gard as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer, commencing on Monday 17th January 2022. Robert has over 35 years of experience in oil and gas including 12 years as a senior executive in junior Australian-based oil and gas companies and 23 years at ExxonMobil.
Robert joins Twinza from Denison Gas Limited where, as CEO since May 2019, and prior to that in a senior commercial role, he played a pivotal role in establishing the company as a natural gas producer into the East Coast Australian Gas market. While at Denison Gas, Robert oversaw the consolidation and integration of several gas fields, successfully upgraded asset reserves through a targeted drilling campaign, and secured a reserves-based lending facility with a major Australian bank, strategically positioning the company for solid growth over the next decade.
In 2018-19, in parallel with his early Denison Gas commercial work, Robert was CEO of ASX listed Pilot Energy (ASX:PGY). Robert also worked for 8 years at ASX listed “MEO Australia Limited” (now Melbana ASX:MAY) where he negotiated its Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with the Cuban Government. In that role he also completed high value farm-out agreements with Petrobras, ENI and Origin Energy in Australia, and worked on ventures in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Robert’s career foundation comes from 23 years with ExxonMobil where he worked across the whole value chain, including in engineering, subsurface and commercial roles. He has worked in multiple Australian production joint ventures and was involved in the early stages of bringing the PNG LNG Project to commercialisation.
Commenting on the appointment, Twinza Chairman Stephen Quantrill said,
“Robert joins us with a proven track record of executive leadership and management, including negotiating and closing complex agreements with multiple counter-parties in Australia and overseas, and in managing assets from early stage development into production. We look forward to Robert joining us for the next exciting stage of Twinza’s journey as we put in place the agreements and the organisational capacity necessary to take the Pasca A project through to development for the benefit of the people of Papua New Guinea.”
Commenting on his appointment Robert said,
“I am delighted to be joining the Twinza team and to return to the PNG energy industry. We have an extremely exciting and valuable project ready to go and I look forward to helping advance it to development so that its full value can be realised and shared with the people of Papua New Guinea.”