Speaker Bios

Kevin Gallagher

Chief Executive Officer, Santos

Kevin joined Santos as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2016. Prior to this Kevin was CEO and Managing Director at Clough Limited. Kevin is a senior executive with more than 25 years experience in managing oil and gas operations in Australia, the USA and North and West Africa.

A qualified mechanical engineer, Kevin commenced his career as a drilling engineer with Mobil North Sea Ltd, before joining Woodside in 1998. During his 13 year tenure with Woodside, Kevin led the drilling organisation through rapid growth, delivering several Australian and international development projects and exploration campaigns. He also led the Australian Oil Business Unit consisting of five floating production storage offload (FPSO) operations and east coast domestic gas plants.

Prior to joining Clough, Kevin was responsible for production on Australia’s largest resource project, the North West Shelf, where he held the positions of Executive Vice President, North West Shelf Business Unit and CEO, North West Shelf Venture at Woodside.As the CEO and Managing Director of Clough, Kevin implemented strategies that transformed the business. He established a strong leadership team, improved cost and operational performance and delivered record financial results.

He oversaw the development of innovative programs to improve safety and drive productivity and executed an M&A and international expansion strategy which saw Clough enter five new regions including the US, UK, Canada, Africa and Asia.