Our leadership team provides strategic direction within our business portfolios.
Chief Executive Officer
Emma joined Puma Energy in January 2019. Previously, she spent many years running downstream Retail, Lubricants & LPG businesses for Shell around the world. For the last five years she has been immersed in the UK utility industry running gas and water & waste networks for National Grid and Severn Trent Water. She has served on boards in both an Executive & Non Executive Director capacity including Severn Trent plc, Cookson Group plc, Alent plc and DCC plc. She is currently an advisor to the Singapore government Prime Minister’s office and sits on the advisory board of Oxford Science Innovation. Emma holds a doctorate in Surface Chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Kemp joined Puma Energy in June 2019. Previously, he was the Group Director of Finance at VEON Ltd and has held a number of senior finance roles in telecommunications over 20 years, in addition to experience in the logistics, travel and property sectors. Most recently he was Regional CFO for VEON’s operating companies in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Algeria. Prior to that Andrew was CFO of Jazz in Pakistan for three years where he played an instrumental role in the merger with Warid Telecom and the broader turnaround of Jazz’s operations. Before joining the VEON Group, Andrew held a number of senior positions, including CFO of Etisalat Nigeria, Managing Director of Morgan Franklin and Group Controller at BT plc.
Chief Customer Officer and Head of MEAP
Six years at Puma Energy, 30 years in the industry
Christophe was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer of Puma Energy this year, having joined Trafigura in 2010 and becoming Puma Energy’s Chief Operating Officer for Africa in 2011. He previously worked for Umicore in a variety of operational and general management roles. Christophe holds an engineering degree from École Polytechnique in Brussels.
Global Head of HSE and Operations
Five years at Puma Energy, 35 years in the industry
Antonio started his career in 1983 with PDVSA-Venezuela and has worked in a variety of roles across engineering, refinery operations, logistical optimisation, and supply networks – joining Petroplus in Switzerland in 2007 and Puma Energy in 2013. He holds a chemical engineer title from Simón Bolívar University in Caracas and an engineering degree in oil refining from the French Petroleum Institute in Paris.
Head of Americas
Seven years at Puma Energy, 26 years in the industry
Rodrigo joined Puma Energy in 2011 to lead the merger of Exxon’s Centam storage facilities into the business, and then became our General Manager in Paraguay as appointed COO for the Americas in 2014. He started in a finance role at Shell before spending 11 years at Petrobras in M&A, refinery logistics planning and marketing in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Rodrigo holds an economics degree from Universidad de Belgrano and an MBA from Universidad del CEMA in Argentina.
Head of Supply, Trading and New Ventures
Four years at Puma Energy, 26 years in the industry
Before joining Puma Energy in 2015, Jonathan was global co-head of crude trading and head of oil Asia for Trafigura, based in Singapore. Prior to Trafigura, he worked for four years at Amerada Hess and nine years at BP, managing trading portfolios for products and risk management of their European Downstream system. Jonathan graduated from City University in London with a BSc in aeronautical engineering.
Chief Information Officer
Two years at Puma, 21 years in the industry
Pierre joins from IBM where he held various positions, leading large and complex project deliveries and sales in an international and multi-cultural environment. He holds an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in France.
Alan McGown, Chief Transformation Officer
Alan McGown is Chief Transformation Officer at Puma Energy and is leading the work to develop and implement the strategy to create value from Puma’s existing businesses and to position the company for future sustainable growth. Alan was previously Chief Marketing Officer at Nayara Energy in India (formerly Essar Oil). Prior to Nayara, Alan was the director of retail strategy for the downstream Retail business at Rosneft in Russia and before that he had a long career at BP. Amongst his many roles at BP, he has been VP of business development and marketing for BP retail in China, global fuels strategy manager and general manager of retail in Poland.
Global Head of Portfolio Management
Dirk-Jan Vanderbroeck joined the Group in February 2014 as Global Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury and as of January 2019 sits on the Executive Committee as the newly appointed Global Head of Portfolio Management. He holds an MSc in Business Economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Dirk-Jan worked at Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2012, most recently as a Managing Director in its Investment Banking Division. Prior to joining the Group, Mr Vanderbroeck was at Royal Mail Plc and Marylebone Energy Partners.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kerstin Knapp joined Puma Energy in April 2016 as Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to Puma Energy, Kerstin has held various HR positions at Cargill Inc. (Global Human Resources Director for the Agriculture Business), Richemont SA (Corporate Human Resources Director), OMV AG (Human Resources Director for Downstream) and Niedermeyer GmbH (Human Resources Director). Kerstin holds an MBA in International Management and Business Administration from the WU Executive Academy in Vienna and the Carlson School of Management in Minnesota and holds a Masters in Psychology from the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz. Since November 2017, Kerstin has served as an independent HR Consultant on the IOC (International Olympic Committee) HR Committee in Lausanne.
Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing
Charles Naylor joined Puma Energy in January 2019 as Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing. He has over 30 years’ experience in communications and marketing. He held various marketing roles at Shell and then moved to Hess Corporation as Head of Corporate Affairs. In 1998 he moved to Centrica where he was Group Director of Corporate Affairs. In 2004 he became Chief Communications Officer for Credit Suisse based in Zurich. In 2011 he was appointed Global Co-Head of Communications at HSBC and in 2016, Director of Corporate Communications at the CBI. Charles has an MA in History from Cambridge University and an MBA from Henley Business School.
Eghosa Oriaikhi Mabhena
Head of Africa
Eghosa Oriaikhi Mabhena joined Puma Energy in July 2019. Previously, she was an Executive Director at Baker Hughes, a GE Company where she led business units across Europe, Africa, Russia Caspian, Middle East and Asia Pacific. She also spent 9 years at Schlumberger. Eghosa has been in the Energy industry for over 17 years and her expertise are in Corporate & Commercial Strategy, Business Development, Operational and Financial Leadership, Operations Management, Contract Management, Engineering & Technology, Supply Chain & Manufacturing. She serves on boards and her passion is in helping to shape diverse work cultures, which enable women to thrive in senior positions within organizations.
Eghosa holds a Global Executive MBA from IESE Business School in Spain and a Masters qualification in Mechanical Engineering from University College London, UK. She has lived in Nigeria, England, Northern Ireland, USA and Malaysia, with extended time spent in Spain and Hong Kong.