Nido appoints new managing director
Mr. Byrne has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Nido Petroleum Ltd. since January 2012 and served as its Chief Operating Officer since October 2011.
Mr. Byrne served as President, North West Shelf Australia LNG (ALNG). Immediately prior to joining ALNG, Mr. Byrne was the Australian Country Head of BHP Billiton Petroleum and Head of Production. Following BG, Mr. Byrne joined BHP Billiton Petroleum and was appointed General Manager of the company’s operations in Pakistan. Upon reassignment to Australia, Mr. Byrne became BHP Billiton Petroleum’s Vice President of Gas Marketing for Australia/Asia and subsequently became Australian Country Head and Head of Production.
In this latter role, Mr. Byrne was responsible for all aspects of the company’s production and operational activities, which included a significant restructure of BHPB’s operated assets and a major initiative to improve HSE performance, and he represented BHP Billiton at the highest levels of Federal and State Government.
Mr. Byrne has an MA in Natural Sciences (Geology) from Trinity College in Dublin, and a Masters Degree in Petroleum Geology from the Imperial College in London. He started his career with Hamilton Brothers Oil and Gas as an Exploration Geologist and subsequently joined the BG Group, where he held a number of senior exploration, business development, commercial, and leadership roles in Bulgaria, the UK, Tunisia, and India.
The Directors also wish to advise that David Whitby will retire from the Board of Directors with effect from 1 June 2012. ■