TAG Oil has built a strong leadership team with proven, deep expertise in guiding the development and growth of financial and international oil and gas companies.
Alex P. Guidi, Founder and Chairman
Mr. Guidi is an oil and gas entrepreneur and the founder of TAG Oil. Mr. Guidi first began his journey into the oil business as a drilling roughneck in Alberta at age 18. Since then, he has founded a group of successful Canadian-based international oil production and exploration companies. From the early 1990s to the present, these companies have conducted widespread acquisition, development and exploration campaigns in Australasia, resulting in the discovery of several significant oil and gas fields, world-class unconventional assets in New Zealand, and major gas fields in Papua New Guinea. Earlier in his career, Mr. Guidi founded Canadian oil producer Walking Stick Oil and Gas Ltd., which experienced rapid growth in Southeast Saskatchewan and resulted in a merger with Bonavista Petroleum in the early 1990s.
Garth Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Johnson became Chief Financial Officer for TAG Oil in 2001, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2007. His ability to execute complex transactions, strategic planning skills and financial controls have been important to TAG Oil's growth into a prominent international oil and gas producer and development-stage company. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Johnson has developed a deep expertise and working knowledge in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea oil and gas activities, as well as a wealth of diverse business experience in North America and Australasia. His strong leadership skills and perseverance will continue to benefit TAG's growth and success.
Drew Cadenhead, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Cadenhead received world-class technical training and in-depth knowledge of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin during his 24 years based in Calgary. Thirteen of those years were with Canadian Hunter Exploration. He also worked in various leadership capacities for a number of other Canadian-based companies including Ulster Petroleum, Selkirk Energy and Summit Resources. At Summit he was responsible for identifying and leading the company into the Gunnell area of BC to test the Upper Devonian Jean Marie Formation where multi-TCF gas deposits were subsequently discovered. Mr. Cadenhead gained his New Zealand experience with Fletcher Challenge Energy Taranaki, leading a team of geoscientists, engineers and technical support staff into a successful multi-well drilling program and secondary recovery implementation before joining TAG Oil in 2003. Drew holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Calgary, and is a member of APEGGA.
Blair Johnson, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Johnson, who holds a Bachelor of Management Studies with First Class Honors in Accounting and Marketing, has worked with the Company for the last four years. His responsibilities have included corporate governance and accounting functions for TAG's New Zealand subsidiaries. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. Prior to joining TAG, Mr. Johnson was Finance Director for Bridge Petroleum Limited (NZ) and has an exceptional track record of managing operational risk in highly regulated industries.
Randy Toone, New Zealand Country Manager
Mr. Toone, P. Eng., is a talented oil and gas executive with the operations' and energy-related expertise to lead TAG's growing development in New Zealand. He has deep experience in the oil and gas industry and has proven himself to be a leader with notable energy companies AltaGas, Williams Energy Canada, Petro-Canada Oil and Gas, and Husky Oil. For the past ten years with AltaGas Ltd., a leading Canadian energy infrastructure company, he progressed from Operations Manager through notable executive positions to President of the Gas Division, and finally to President of Utilities. His mandate at TAG is to build the Company's natural gas businesses from his base in New Plymouth, and to continue to look for opportunities to leverage the Company's strong position as a producer.
Giuseppe (Pino) Perone, Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Perone is an active member of the Law Society of British Columbia and is currently practicing as a corporate lawyer for a group of public companies. He obtained a B.A. with distinction in Sociology from the University of Victoria in 2001 and an LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 2005, and has previously articled at the law firm of Lang Michener LLP in their Vancouver, British Columbia office.
Ken Vidalin, Director
Mr. Vidalin, P.Eng. is the founder of two significant global corporations, Methanex and Acetex, and has more than 20 years' experience as a board member of public and private companies. As the founder, former director, and former COO of Canadian-based Methanex Corporation - the world's leading methanol producer with major infrastructure in New Zealand and the country's largest commercial user of natural gas - Ken brings strong technical and business qualifications to TAG's Board. He holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of North Dakota.
Keith Hill, Director
Mr. Hill is the Chairman of Black Pearl Resources Inc. (TSX: PXX) and ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. (TSX-V: SNM), and is the CEO of Africa Oil Corp. (TSX-V: AOI). Prior to this, Mr. Hill was instrumental in developing Valkyries Petroleum Corp. and Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd., both highly successful international oil and gas producers which were acquired by major oil companies. Mr. Hill holds a Master of Science degree in Geology and Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics from Michigan State University, as well as an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
Ronald Bertuzzi, Director
Mr. Bertuzzi holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of British Columbia and he has more than 20 years of executive, board and committee experience with US and Canadian junior listed companies focused primarily in the oil and gas industry doing business in Australasia. Ronís experience covers various stages of company development beginning with initial start-up and initial public offerings, acquiring and exploring significant exploration acreages and ending in discovery, facility development and commercial production of oil and gas.