Aidan Heavey, Chairman

Aidan Heavey founded Tullow Oil Plc in 1985 and was its Chief Executive until 2017 and Chairman from 2017-18. During his 33-year tenure, Aidan developed Tullow into a company that maintains 80 exploration and production licenses in 15 countries in South America and Africa and produces over 90,000 boepd. Tullow is listed on the London, Irish, and Ghana Stock Exchanges.

Tullow expanded in the 2000s through a series of acquisitions, most prominently the acquisition of Energy Africa in 2004, which doubled the company’s size by expanding Tullow’s production and exploration capabilities across Africa. In 2007, Tullow discovered and began production at the Jubilee oilfield—one of the largest oilfields in Africa—off the coast of Ghana. The company has continued to grow and had an exploration success rate of 70 percent, most recently offshore Guyana. Aidan is Fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants.