Who we are


Non Executive Chairman

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)

Mr. 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.

Mr. Page 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. Mr. Page is the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.



(Non-Executive Director)

Mr. 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. Mr. Senycia  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, Mr. Senycia 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 Mr. Senycia 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, Mr. Senycia has worked in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia both on and offshore.

John Madden



(Non-Executive Director)

Mr Madden has over 40 years’ experience with a proven track record encompassing administrative, acquisitions, business analysis, community consultation, corporate secretarial functions, feasibility studies, financing (including equity raising for listed and unlisted entities), IPO on AIM market, planning and strategic studies, accounting and taxation. These experiences were gained through positions held at both major and junior mining companies at corporate and operating levels. Mr Madden is an executive director of AKORA Resources Limited. He did three years of post-university study/exams for membership of CPA Australia and another two years to get membership of the Australian Instituted of Chartered Secretaries now Governance Institute of Australia and one year for Taxation Institute of Australia. He is also a Member of the Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).


Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Herod has over 40 years experience in the oil and gas industry in the USA, together with a distinguished career both as an entrepreneur and CEO. He has successfully completed numerous M&A transactions creating significant shareholder value. He was co-founder of Petrohawk Energy Corporation and lead the successful sale of Petrohawk to BHP in a multi-billion dollar transaction. He subsequently was CEO of Grizzly Energy which he also successfully divested. Steve graduated in 1981 from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Finance and Management.


Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Castro joined Otto Energy in December 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Otto, Mr. Castro was Vice President and Treasurer of Contango Oil & Gas Company for over 13 years. From April 2004 to April 2006, Mr. Castro was a consultant for UHY Advisors TX, LP. From January 2001 to April 2004, Mr. Castro was a lead credit analyst for Dynegy Inc. From August 1997 to January 2001, Mr. Castro worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen LLP, where he specialized in energy companies. Mr. Castro was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1993 as an E-6, where he served onboard a nuclear powered submarine. Mr. Castro received a BBA in Accounting in 1997 from the University of Houston graduating summa cum laude. Mr. Castro is a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Phil Trajanovich

Senior Commercial Manager

Mr. Trajanovich was engaged by Otto as Senior Commercial Manager in July 2016 and has worked in both the Perth and Houston offices since that time. Prior to joining Otto, Mr. Trajanovich was Commercial Manager at Aurora Oil and Gas and its subsequent acquirer Baytex Energy for over four years, focused on the Eagle Ford shale unconventional play. Mr. Trajanovich has also worked with ConocoPhillips as an Asset Manager for nearly three years and Woodside Energy for over seven years. He has gained extensive experience in all facets of upstream oil and gas operations and commercial structures internationally and within the USA. Mr. Trajanovich graduated with a B.Com with First Class Honors from the University of Western Australia in 2001.

Julie Dunmore

Group Financial Controller​

Ms. Dunmore is the Group Financial Controller having joined Otto Energy in June 2018. Ms Dunmore has over 20 years experience in financial and management accounting primarily within the oil and gas industry. Ms. Dunmore’s previous experience includes Regional Finance Manager (SEA) for Crondall Energy (2014-2016), Project Finance Manager at Clough Engineering (2002-2013) and Wesfarmers Group accountant (1994-1997). Ms. Dunmore has a Bachelor of Commerce (UWA), is a Chartered Accountant, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.


Assistant Accountant​

Ms. Johnston is the Assistant Accountant for Otto Energy Ltd having joined the company in January 2013. She has over 25 years experience in Financial Accounting, with 15 years of that being within Oil and Gas.

Ms. Johnston’s previous roles as Assistant Accountant include Cooper Energy Ltd (2005-2012), Australian Capital Equity (2003-2005) and Australian Red Cross Blood Service (1996-2003). She has a Diploma in Accounting and a Certificate IV in Business Administration.

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