Mr. Guidry assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer for VAALCO Energy, Inc. on October 21, 2013. At that time, he was also appointed to our Board of Directors and became Chairman of the Board on June 4, 2014.
Prior to joining VAALCO, Mr. Guidry was Vice President of Business Development for Marathon Oil Corporation since July 2011, where he was responsible for acquisitions of strategic opportunities for value growth. Mr. Guidry also held numerous executive management positions, including President of Marathon Oil Libya Limited from October 2008 to July 2011.
Prior to the Libya assignment, he was Regional Vice President for Marathon Oil’s North American Production Operations. Mr. Guidry oversaw all of the company’s exploration and production activities onshore and offshore U.S. He also spent five years leading Marathon Oil’s Central Africa Business Unit, overseeing project expansions and operations in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Angola. Throughout his career, he has held challenging technical, staff and managerial positions in the company’s domestic and international production organizations.
Mr. Guidry graduated from the University of Louisiana Lafayette in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and served on the board of directors for the Corporate Council on Africa, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the U.S. Oil and Gas Association and was a member of the Upstream Committee of the American Petroleum Institute. We believe Mr. Guidry’s strong operational background and experience, particularly in the international arena, is a valuable asset to our Board.
Robert L. Gerry III – Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Gerry served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer for VAALCO Energy, Inc. from August 1997 through October 20, 2013. Effective October 21, 2013 Mr. Gerry assumed the position of Executive Chairman and served as Chairman of the Board until becoming Chairman Emeritus effective June 4, 2014.
Mr. Gerry currently serves on the Board of Directors of Integrity Bank, an independent bank located in Houston, Texas and on the Board of Texas Children’s Hospital. Mr. Gerry is a member of the University of Texas Press Advisory Council. Mr. Gerry also served on the Board of Directors of Plains Exploration and Production Company from 2004 through December 31, 2010. From February 1994 until August 1997, Mr. Gerry served as Vice-Chairman of Nuevo Energy Company. Prior to being appointed Vice-Chairman of Nuevo, Mr. Gerry had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nuevo since its formation in March 1990. Mr. Gerry served as Senior Vice President of Energy Assets International Corporation from January 1989 until March 1990. Mr. Gerry will not be standing for reelection at the June 2014 Annual Meeting of the shareholders.
W. Russell Scheirman – President and Chief Operating Officer
In October of 2008, Mr. Scheirman was appointed Chief Operating Officer following his overseeing of the planning, fabrication, and installation of the Avouma Field and Ebouri Field production platforms offshore Gabon. Mr. Scheirman continues to serve as President of VAALCO Energy, Inc., a position held since 1992. Mr. Scheirman served as Chief Financial Officer from 1991 to 2008. From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Scheirman served as Executive Vice President of the Company.
Prior to joining VAALCO Energy, Inc., Mr. Scheirman was an Associate at McKinsey & Company, Inc. from 1989 to 1991, an investment banker with Copeland, Wickersham and Wiley from 1984 to 1989, and a Petroleum Reservoir Engineer for Exxon Company, U.S.A. from 1978 to 1984.
Mr. Scheirman holds a B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University (1977 and 1978, respectively) and an M.B.A. from California Lutheran University (1984).
Gregory R. Hullinger – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hullinger joined VAALCO as our Chief Financial Officer in October 2008 after more than 30 years of finance and accounting experience at Shell Oil Company and its parent company, Royal Dutch Shell.
Notable positions held by Mr. Hullinger at Shell Oil include Controller, Treasurer, CFO – Shell Deer Park Refining Company and CFO – Pecten Cameroon Company (West Africa). For Royal Dutch Shell, Mr. Hullinger held the positions of International Audit Manager and as the Manager for Group Accounting, the unit responsible for the financial consolidations, results and reporting.
Mr. Hullinger was twice elected Chairman of the Accounting Committee of the American Petroleum Institute. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University.
Gayla M. Cutrer – Executive Vice President
Ms. Cutrer joined Alcorn International, Inc., predecessor to VAALCO Energy, Inc., in 1986 and served as executive support and administrative advisor for the newly founded international energy company. She was named to the Board of Directors on March 20, 1990 and served on the Board during the Company’s transition from a privately held company to a publicly traded company. Ms. Cutrer was named Vice President and Corporate Secretary of VAALCO Energy, Inc. in 1990 and was named Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of VAALCO Energy, Inc. in 2011. Ms. Cutrer’s previous experience in the energy industry includes positions with Cities Service International, Inc, Amoco International, Inc. and Kilroy Company of Texas..