Woodside Hires Exxon Veteran as New CEO
It came as a surprise to most of the oil and gas industry that Woodside Petroleum appointed relative unknown Peter Coleman to the position of CEO and Managing Director, but who better to take the reins than someone with 27 years of experience at ExxonMobil?
The 51-year-old Victoria native has been busy working for ExxonMobil since 1984 in locations throughout the globe, including Africa, Indonesia and the US. At Exxon, Coleman climbed his way up the ladder from drilling engineer to his most recent role as Vice President of Exxon’s development division, where he was known for his operation know-how. At the time of his departure from Exxon, he was part of the company’s Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas project
Coleman will succeed Don Voelte in June, following Voelte’s announcement last October that he intended to retire from Woodside after more than seven years with the company. Since then, Woodside Chairman Michael Chaney has conducted an extensive recruitment process which considered a strong field of internal and external candidates.
Coleman said, “Woodside has an impressive portfolio of Australian oil and gas assets right across the development timeframe and I look forward to growing the company as successfully as my predecessors, and in a manner which continues to provide superior returns to shareholders.” He will be provided a fixed annual reward of $2.1 million and was given a sign-on bonus of $3 million.
Analysts say this is a crucial time for Coleman to step in, as rumours swirl that a BHP Billiton takeover is on the horizon, as well as the delivery of major gas projects to deliver.
Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO
In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools.
Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’.
How Did Brien Get Here?
Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers.
‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’.
What Does This Mean for Amobee?
Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success.