Board of Directors
The Board of Petrolatina is responsible for the success of the Group. The Board's role is to establish the strategic objectives and policies; oversee all aspects of the finances; continuously review performance and controls; manage risk; decide on key business transactions and manage the interests of stakeholder groups.
The Board meets at least four times per year. In accordance with the Articles of Association, one third of the directors in office retires by rotation and can stand for re-election by the shareholders at each AGM. Recommendations for appointments to the Board are made by the Board as a whole after due evaluation.
Mr Luc M.N. Gerard graduated from ICHEC, Brussels Business School, Belgium in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering specialising in emerging markets and manufacturing in the developing world. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Since graduating, Mr Gerard has worked and lived in 10 countries, principally being involved in production and marketing and has held various positions in the areas of general management, mergers and acquisitions, business development and strategic planning, both in Colombia and other Latin American countries, as well as in the United States and Europe. He was President of Philip Morris’ Colombian operations and has held various roles with this multinational group in Latin America, Europe and the United States. Mr Gerard has also worked for Caterpillar, Merrill Lynch and ING. In 2006, he founded Tribeca, which manages Colombia’s largest private equity fund and currently acts as the firm’s CEO. He is a director of TOGI and TOGF, and is highly respected within Colombia’s business community where he was awarded Business Man of the year in 2004, as well as the Latin America Excellence Award by America Economia in 2008. Mr Gerard sits on the board of 5 companies, as well as two Colombian Governmental Institutions ‘Colombia es Passion’ and ‘Invest in Bogota’ where he advises on Regulation and Strategies to Promote FDI in Colombia and Bogota. Mr Gerard is a Guest speaker at Universidad de los Andes on Corporate Strategy and chairs the Tribeca Institute for Management development and Governance.
Mr Juan Carlos Rodriguez is an Economist and also holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois. He has worked at a top level within the Colombian hydrocarbon industry for the last 9 years since joining Petroleos del Norte S.A. (“PDN”) as its President. He successfully led the Group’s discussions and negotiations with Ecopetrol S.A., achieving the successful extension of the Tisquirama Association Contract, and also negotiated, with the Colombian National Hydrocarbon Agency, several E&P contracts for new blocks located in the Colombian Middle Magdalena Basin. In November 2007 he was appointed as the Group’s Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Ciro Alberto Méndez Sampayo graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Columbia Business School in New York. Since graduation, Mr Méndez has held various roles in the public sector and industry, including Financial Analyst at the Department of National Planning in Colombia, Corporate Finance Associate with Genispace Inc. in New York and a Strategic Planning Manager at Insercams Ltda., Colombia. Before joining Tribeca, he worked for KPMG as a Senior Supervisor in their Corporate Finance Department in Colombia, where he specialised in advising multinational corporations on M&A engagements in Latin America and in structuring Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, particularly in the infrastructure sector. He is currently an Investment Manager at Tribeca, which he joined in 2007 and specialises in the Oil & Gas, Energy and Mining sectors.
Mr Menno Wiebe has 39 years’ of energy industry experience as a geologist, manager and executive in international exploration and development projects in Latin America, Asia and the North Sea. In addition to serving as a director of PELE he is active in M&A activity in Colombia. He is based in Bogota and was formerly the Vice President of Exploration for Solana Petroleum Exploration (Colombia) Limited, a very active and successful exploration and production company in Colombia which was subsequently acquired by GranTierra Energy Inc. Mr Wiebe was the Vice President and General Manager of Hall-Houston Oil Company in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 8 years and General Manager of Husky Oil Limited in Jakarta, Indonesia for 4 years. In addition, as the owner of Jacobean Resources, a private consultancy firm, he has conducted exploration and development evaluations in Yemen, Paraguay, onshore UK and Colombia. He held senior geologist positions with Bow Valley Industries (Indonesia), Occidental Petroleum (Libya, Scotland, USA, India and Australia) and Hudsons Bay Oil and Gas (CONOCO) in Canada. His educational background includes a BSc (Honours) in Geology from the University of Manitoba, Canada and an MBA from the University of Warwick, England.
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer
Pawan Sharma, Executive Vice President-Corporate Affairs & Chief Financial Officer
Luis Guillermo Acosta, Chief Operating Officer
Mario Prince, Chief Geologist
Diego Bustamante, Operations Manager