Mr. Cook possesses more than 25 years' experience in the energy business having held senior positions at The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), Amoco, BP and TNK-BP. Most recently, Mr. Cook served as Executive Officer and Head of Oil and Gas at TAQA where he led the company's upstream and midstream interests in the Middle East, North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
Prior to joining TAQA, he served as Vice President for BPRussia, responsible for BP's non-TNK-BP exploration and production activities in Russia. He has held a variety of global technical, commercial and managerial positions based from the US, UK, Russia and the Middle East, as well as Board Director roles. Mr. Cook has previously served on the Board of WesternZagros Ltd. in addition to previously serving as a Director for three BP/Rosneft joint ventures. Mr. Cook holds a BSc in Geophysics and a PhD in Geological Sciences from Michigan State University and currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Mr. MacDougall is a professional engineer with close to 30 years of domestic and international oil and gas operations and senior executive management experience. Most recently Mr. MacDougall served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vermilion Energy from 2004 until his retirement in 2012 where he led the company's operating business both domestically in Western Canada and internationally, with assets in France, The Netherlands, Australia, and Ireland.
Prior to joining Vermilion, Mr. MacDougall spent nearly 20 years withChevron in production and drilling operations and served as General Manager of Production and Operations for ChevronTexaco's Western Canadian producing properties. Mr. MacDougall has an Engineering Diploma from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (with distinction) from Technical University of Nova Scotia and currently resides in High River, Alberta.
Commenting on the new Board appointments, Mr. Robert Jennings, Chairman, stated:
We are extremely pleased at these appointments as these two individuals bring a tremendous amount of both technical and international oil and gas business experience to the Board. With the retirement of Mr. Robert Halpin and Mr. Erwin Noyes along with the resignation of Mr. Gary Guidry, the Board of Directors considered it important to add three directors in 2014. With the addition of Ms. Sue MacKenzie, Mr. David Cook and Mr. Bob MacDougall, the Board again has a full complement of directors.