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.
Cary Bounds – Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Bounds came to VAALCO as Chief Operating Officer in June 2015, bringing to the company over 24 years of upstream oil and gas experience in the US, UK and Africa. Mr. Bounds has held a variety of technical and management positions of increasing responsibility with major energy companies as well as independent E&P companies.
Prior to joining VAALCO, Mr. Bounds was Business Unit Manager and Vice President, Noble Energy Equatorial Guinea Limited. Mr. Bounds was responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s operated fields in Equatorial Guinea, one of five Noble core areas. Earlier in his tenure with Noble, Mr. Bounds held the position of North Sea Country Manager with responsibility over ten diverse oil and gas fields spread across the region.
Prior to Noble, Mr. Bounds was with SM Energy and held the position of Engineering Manager for their Gulf Coast and Permian regions where he focused on growing the asset base through large scale acquisitions. Mr. Bounds spent five years with Dominion E&P serving in corporate development, planning and reservoir engineering positions. Mr. Bounds began his career with ConocoPhillips in 1991 where he held a variety of reservoir and production engineering positions in US onshore regions. Mr. Bounds holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.
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.
Mr. Christ joined VAALCO as our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in January 2015. Prior to joining VAALCO, Mr. Christ served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. from November 2013 to January 2015 and as its Assistant Corporate Counsel from September 2012 to November 2013. Prior to Midstates, Mr. Christ served as Associate General Counsel for Transocean Ltd. from October 2010 to September 2012 and practiced corporate and securities law at Vinson & Elkins LLP from 2006 until 2010, where he represented a variety of energy companies. Mr. Christ began his legal career at Porter Hedges LLP in 2005 and holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Amherst College and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.
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.