BOARD of DIRECTORS
Mr. Zhang is the CEO of Ping Petroleum and has over 20 years of oil & gas experience. At Newfield Exploration, he served in a number of petroleum engineering, corporate planning, risk management, commercial, and asset management roles.
Prior to founding Ping Petroleum, Ning spent six years in Malaysia and was Commercial Manager and Asset Manager for one of the largest offshore projects for Newfield, the East Piatu project, bringing on first oil within three years of PSC signing.
As the Commercial Manager for Newfield, he negotiated complex host tie-ins with major oil companies and National oil companies; resulting in over $750MM of value creation for stakeholders.Ning was also instrumental in capturing new PSCs with PETRONAS for Newfield.
Ning was also a Commodities Trader, transacting over $1.5 billion per year of financial NYMEX HH and WTI with major investment banks and counterparties, negotiating and leading physical transactions in Europe and Malaysia.
Ning has a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (USA) where he was distinguished as the Leader-Scholar of the Year for the College of Engineering. He also has an M.B.A. from Rice University (USA).
Dr. Kenneth Gerard Pereira
Dr. Kenneth is the Managing Director of Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad.
Dr Kenneth has 27 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, both in the services and exploration and production sectors. He began his career with Schlumberger Overseas S.A. in 1983 as a Field Service Engineer working in Brunei, Thailand, France, Libya, Italy, Norway and Tunisia. In 1990, he joined the Sapura Group, overseeing the service of telecommunication products and later, moved to the Group Corporate Planning Department.
In 2003, the Sapura Group successfully acquired Crest Petroleum Berhad and he became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SapuraCrest Petroleum Berhad (now part of SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad Group), an oil and gas services company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia.
In 2009, Dr Kenneth became Managing Director of Interlink Petroleum Ltd, an oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange (2009 to 2011). In 2009, he was appointed to the board of STP Energy Pte Ltd, a privately held Singaporean company with offshore oil and gas exploration interests in New Zealand.
He holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Engineering from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, a Masters in Business Administration from Cranfield University, United Kingdom and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Australia, Australia.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard has 20 years of industry experience in oil and gas exploration business; with significant experience in petroleum accounting, joint ventures , business planning, LEAN and process improvement.
Richard was formerly the Business Finance Manager of Dana Petroleum with financial responsibility for all Operated UK and African assets. He also held direct financial and commercial responsibility for Dana’s Non Operated Business.
Prior to Dana, he spent 13 years with Hess Corporation and held various senior roles namely Country Finance, Planning and Commercial Manager (Denmark), Accounting and Business Performance Manager (Malaysia) and Business Performance Specialist (Houston).
Richard is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CIMA Qualified) with a BA (Honours) in Business Studies from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Chief Operating Officer
A Chartered Engineer, Peter Kavanagh has over 27 years of industry experience in the UK and Middle East in Senior Managerial and Director roles. Peter joins AOC after 12 years’ tenure at Petrofac EPS where he was most recently Operations Director for UK CNS Operated Assets, which included Anasuria as part of his responsibilities; prior to this Peter worked at Shell for 15 years in various roles including Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) onboard the Dunlin Alpha and Kittiwake assets.
Project & Commercial Manager
Deva has more than 22 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry both in the UK and worldwide, specialising in offshore activities, subsea operations, project management and operations excellence delivery.
He spent the early years of his career in the ROV/Survey industry for many service companies namely Racal, Fugro, DOF Subsea, Saipem and Ocean Installer. Deva spent 18 years of his career offshore in various roles and finally as Offshore Manager for several of his employers. He managed large offshore teams executing major brownfield and greenfield projects namely Draugen, Gina Krog & Ormen Lange in Norway, Nuggets, Huntington and West Franklin in UK, Aquila & TMPC in Italy, Kizomba in West Africa, Nordstream in the Baltic, Kikeh Malaysia, Simian Sapphire in Egypt, PDET Profound in Brazil and many others.
Deva grew up in Malaysia and ran several business there before moving to the UK in 1997 to complete his degree. He graduated from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland and has a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Morag has been a Chartered Member of IOSH for more than 18 years and has 19 years of oil and gas experience.
Having graduated in Applied Science, Morag started her oil and gas career with KCA Deutag supporting their platform drilling operations in the UK for four years before moving to PSN to gain broader project and engineering experience ultimately as UK HSE Manager.
Seeking further operational experience, Morag spent four years as Talisman’s UK Health and Safety Manager supporting their broad portfolio of onshore and offshore assets, she was seconded to Malaysia for three years as Regional HSE & Crisis Management Authority with oversight of operations in five countries across Asia Pacific.
On returning to the UK, Morag held the position of HSE Manager for EnQuest for five and half year gaining experience of asset commissioning, decommissioning planning and asset transition before joining AOC in February 2021.