Board of Directors


Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Mr. Utsler was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company on 11 September 2020, and Executive Chairman on 19 November 2020. Mr Utsler is an oil and gas executive with more than 40 years of experience in senior international oil and gas sector roles, including 15 years in the Gulf of Mexico and 5 years as Chief Operating Officer of Woodside in Australia. His career has encompassed senior executive, leadership and board roles with Amoco, BP, Woodside and New Fortress Energy. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.



(Non-Executive) BLaw, BEcon, INSEAD

Mr John Jetter is the former Managing Director, CEO and head of investment banking of JP Morgan in Germany and Austria, and a member of the European Advisory Council, JP Morgan London. Mr Jetter has held senior positions with JP Morgan throughout Europe, focusing his attention on major corporate clients advising on some of Europe’s largest corporate transactions. Mr Jetter has been a non-executive Director of Venture Minerals Limited since June 2010 and Peak Resources Limited from April 2015 to December 2019. Mr Jetter is the Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.



(Non-Executive Director) MBA, CPA, FCMA, FGIA

Geoff Page was appointed 17 July 2020 as Non-Executive Director. He also became Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee on 1 August 2020. He is a finance professional with over 20 years of senior finance, accounting and management experience gained globally within a number of industries. He has over 10 years of board experience gained in several different firms.

Geoff is a member of CPA Australia, Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow Member of the Governance Institute of Australia. Geoff is the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.



(Non-Executive Director) BSc Hons (Mining Engineering), ACSM, MAppSc (Geophysics)

Paul Senycia was appointed to the Board on 24 April 2018 and became a non-executive director on 1 January 2019. Paul joined Otto in 2010 as Exploration Manager, and from 2015 until 31 December 2018 led the Company’s technical operations. Paul was instrumental in the implementation of Otto’s US strategy and was closely involved in the successful farm-in to SM 71 in the Gulf of Mexico, which recently moved into production.

A seasoned oil and gas professional, trained as an exploration geoscientist, Paul has over 35 years of international oil and gas experience in both commercial and technical aspects of the business. This was gained with large and small companies worldwide including Shell, Woodside and Beach Petroleum. Over the last twenty years Paul has accumulated substantial Gulf of Mexico expertise both on the shelf and in the deep water. This has included deal capture, asset management and project divestment activities. Outside the Gulf of Mexico, Paul has worked in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia both on and offshore.

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