AmCham Business Luncheon
Mr Kevin Gallagher
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Back to the Future - Discovering New Life in the Old Cooper Basin
The remote and rugged Cooper Basin is where the Santos story began more than 60 years ago. This foundation asset has been steadily supplying Australia’s domestic natural gas needs since 1969 but it’s often overlooked by analysts and the media. Perhaps not for much longer. Santos is discovering new tricks in these old rocks. Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher is passionate about how the company is breathing new life into its Cooper operations, using innovation to keep costs down and get more gas flowing. Hear his vision for the company and his plan to make the Cooper Basin a valuable swing producer for the Australian east coast domestic gas market for many more years to come.
Kevin Gallagher has been the CEO of Santos since 2016, leading the company successfully through its most difficult period. A proudly Australian company, Santos is a leading supplier of natural gas, a fuel for the future providing clean energy to improve the lives of people in Australia and Asia. Santos aims to be Australia’s leading domestic gas supplier and a leading Asia-Pacific LNG supplier. For more than 60 years, Santos has been working in partnership with local communities to safely and sustainably develop Australia’s natural gas resources.
MANAGING DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
BEng (Mechanical) Hons, FIEAust
Kevin joined Santos as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2016, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in managing oil and gas operations in Australia, the USA and North and West Africa.
Kevin commenced his career as a drilling engineer with Mobil North Sea, before joining Woodside in 1998.
During his 13-year tenure with Woodside, Kevin led the drilling organisation through rapid growth, delivering several Australian and international development projects and exploration campaigns. He also led the Australia Oil Business and was the CEO of the North West Shelf Venture at Woodside, where he was responsible for production on Australia’s largest resource project.
Kevin joined Clough Limited as CEO and Managing Director in 2011, and during his 4-year tenure he implemented strategies that transformed the business and delivered record financial results. Since joining Santos, Kevin has restructured the business, removed substantial costs and significantly improved production and financial performance.
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