Management

Michael Blaha - Executive Chairman To top

Michael Blaha is a petroleum engineer with 35+ years of oil and gas experience in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He was co-founder and Executive Chairman of Cove Energy plc, guiding the company in 3 years from a £1 million cash shell through to Cove's £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP).

Prior to Cove, Mr Blaha held a number of senior roles in Royal Dutch Shell plc. He was Country Chairman in Algeria, Director of External Relations for E&P Africa, Vice-President E&P for Russia (Sakhalin and Salym) and Vice-President E&P for Iran. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Shell headquarters in The Hague on developing business in China, Iran and Russia. He also held senior roles in the Philippines, Syria, Thailand and the UK.

Michael Blaha has an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

Mr Blaha co-founded Discover Exploration Ltd and joined the Board of Directors in October 2012.

John Craven - CEOTo top

John Craven is a petroleum geologist with 40+ years of oil and gas experience worldwide. He was co-founder and CEO of Cove Energy plc, guiding the company in 3 years from a £1 million cash shell through to Cove's £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP).

Prior to Cove, Mr Craven was co-founder and CEO of Petroceltic International plc, the London- and Dublin-listed exploration company with African and Mediterranean assets. Under his leadership, Petroceltic grew into a business with a diversified portfolio of exploration and appraisal projects in Italy, Algeria and Tunisia. John Craven also held senior executive positions with Gulf Oil Corp. Dana Petroleum plc, Vanco Exploration and Tuscar Resources. He is also the former Chairman of Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd.

John Craven has an MBA from Queens University (Ireland) and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from the Royal School of Mines (UK).

Mr Craven co-founded Discover Exploration Ltd and joined the Board of Directors in October 2012.

Michael Nolan - CFOTo top

Michael Nolan is a chartered accountant and has worked in the natural resource industry for 20+ years. He was co-founder and Finance Director of Cove Energy plc, guiding the company in 3 years from a £1 million cash shell through to Cove's £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP).

From 1999 to 2007, Mr Nolan was CEO of mining company Minmet plc. He is currently also a co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Fastnet Oil and Gas plc, Rathdowney Resources Ltd and Orogen Gold plc.

Michael Nolan is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Mr Nolan co-founded Discover Exploration Ltd and joined the Board of Directors in October 2012.

Alexander Mollinger - Commercial DirectorTo top

Alexander Mollinger is a petroleum engineer with 15 years of technical, commercial and M&A oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa and Latin America; in both public and private equity backed companies. He was the advisor to the Board of Directors of Cove Energy plc, guiding the company through its £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP).

Prior to Cove, Mr Mollinger worked at Royal Dutch Shell plc in the Netherlands where he developed an operated portfolio of E&P assets in the Southern North Sea (operated by a Shell-ExxonMobil Corp. JV).

Alexander Mollinger has an MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore) as well as an BSc and an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands).

He is fluent in English, French and Dutch, with knowledge of Spanish and German.

Mr Mollinger co-founded Discover Exploration Ltd and joined in August 2012.

Paul Griggs - Corporate Development DirectorTo top

Paul Griggs has 30+ years of oil and gas experience. He was an advisor to the Board of Directors of Cove Energy plc, guiding the company in 3 years from a £1 million cash shell through to Cove's £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP).

He has held senior positions at Taipan Resources Inc., Fastnet Oil & Gas plc, Ecosse Energy Corp., Lion Petroleum Corp., Sterling Energy plc, OMV AG and BHP Petroleum. Previously, he also worked at NatWest Markets, Petrofina UK Ltd and Whitehall Petroleum.

Paul Griggs has an BSc in Chemical Engineering & Management from Loughborough University (UK).

Mr Griggs co-founded Discover Exploration Ltd and joined in October 2012.