About CCE

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tony Hayward

Chairman of the Board

Tony assumes the role of Non-Executive Chairman of CC Energy in June 2023.  He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Energy Transition Partners, an Amsterdam listed SPAC focussed on energy transition.  He is Founder and Executive Chairman of SierraCol Energy, Colombia’s largest independent oil company, a Managing Partner of Energy Transition Partners LLP and a Board Member of the Bahrain Oil and Gas Holding Company (Nogaholding).

Tony was Chairman of Glencore from 2013-2021 and Group Chief Executive of BP from 2007 to 2010,  He joined BP in 1982 as a rig geologist in the North Sea.  He became Group Treasurer in 2000, Chief Executive for BP’s E&P Business and a member of the Main Board of BP in 2003.

In 2011 Tony founded Vallares plc, a $2.2bn SPAC listed on the LSE.  Following the merger of Vallares plc and Genel Energy he became Chief Executive in November 2011 and subsequently Chairman (2015-2017). 

He was Senior Independent director of Corus from 2002-2007 and a member of the board of Tata Steel from 2007-2009. He was a member of the UK Business Council from 2008-2010 and the US Business Council between 2008 and 2013. 

Tony studied geology at Aston University in Birmingham and completed a PhD at Edinburgh University.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, chairs Aston University Development Board and helped found Ocean Leadership Programme at Edinburgh University. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh and University of Aston and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Aston University, the University of Birmingham and Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University.

 He is based in London, Valencia and Bogota.

Jeroen van der Veer

Non-Executive Director

Jeroen, a Dutch national (1947) was CEO of Shell 2004-2009. Before that he was President of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company since 2000, having been a Managing Director since 1997. As CEO, Jeroen led Shell through rmajor change. After his CEO-ship he was Non-executive Director of Royal Dutch Shell 2009-2013.

He was Vice-Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Unilever from 2002 to 2011. He was on the Supervisory Boards of ING from 2009 and Chairman from 2011-2018 and of Royal Phillips from 2009 and Chairman from 2011-2021 and Chairman of the Supervisory Council of Technical University of Delft from 2013-2021. In October 2012 he became Chairman of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative. He was on the Governing Board (2012-2016) of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). Jeroen is a Honorary Citizen of Singapore.

In 2009-2010 Jeroen was Vice-Chairman of a Group of Experts who advised for a new Strategic Concept for NATO. He was World President of the Society of Chemical Industry from 2002 to 2004. From 2000-2004 he served as a supervisory board member of The Dutch Central Bank. He was Advisor to Oman since 2009. He chaired ‘Platform Beta Techniek’, a governmental institute promoting education in science and technology from 2009 to 2019. And he chaired the Chairpersons Community of the WEF (World Economic Forum) from 2017 to 2020. Jeroen served on the Equinor Board (Norway) 2016-2022 and Vice Chair since 2018.

Presently Jeroen is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Boskalis Westminster . He is involved in a number of smaller companies in various capacities.

Jeroen also has various roles in several foundations and charities.

Mahmoud Zeibak


Mahmoud F. Zeibak was appointed a non-Executive Director of CC Energy in 2010. He also serves as a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Mahmoud is a veteran of the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) – during his nearly fifty-year tenure with the company, he worked in various operational, commercial and management roles across most of the company’s areas of operation. His final executive position was as Group Vice President of Marketing & Sales, and he has been a member of the Board of Directors of CCC since 2009.

Mahmoud holds a BEng in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Shahrokh Etebar


Shah Etebar has over four decades of experience in the oil & gas industry across the US, Europe and the Middle East. He has worked for both international oil companies and national oil companies in a variety of technical roles, as well as managerial and executive positions.

Following his studies in petroleum engineering at West Virginia University, Shah joined Texaco in 1969. His first tenure with the company was for six years, after which he left to work for an oilfield services company. He rejoined Texaco in 1979 and remained with the company for 20+ years, eventually becoming the Vice President of Commercial Development for Euro Asia. He finally left Texaco post the 2001 merger with Chevron in order to pursue entrepreneurial endeavours.

Shah established a company that developed an oil field which generated oil production of 50,000 BOPD within two years.

In 2010, Shah was appointed CEO of CC Energy’s operating company in Oman, CCED. Following his retirement in 2016, Shah was appointed a Director of CC Energy. Shah also serves as a member of the Board’s Technical Committee.

John Winterman


John Winterman holds a BSc in geology from Queen Mary College, London University and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

John has extensive leadership experience in global exploration, business development and asset management and has a strong record of exploration success globally with over two billion barrels of oil equivalent discovered in the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Russia, United States and Yemen.

John joined Occidental in 1981 and after a 20+ year technical career as a geologist with the company, moved into executive roles; these included high-level leadership positions in exploration, new business development and in asset management. John left Occidental in 2013 and since then he has provided strategic advice to international oil and gas companies.

John was appointed a non-Executive Director of CC Energy in 2015. He also serves as a member of the Remuneration and Technical Committees.

Other principal external appointments: non-Executive Director of EnQuest.

Martin Houston


Following his studies which commenced with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Newcastle University in 1979 and then a petroleum geology master’s degree from Imperial College London in 1983, Martin was employed by BG Group plc and its predecessor companies, retiring after 32 years in February 2014 as chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors.

He’s managed all forms of enterprise in the energy industry, has established a strong external reputation in the international gas business and is largely credited with being the key architect of BG Group’s world-class Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business. In recognition of this, in 2011 he was the first recipient of the CWC Group LNG Executive of the Year award.

He was previously (2004 – 2009) a non-executive director of Severn Trent plc, an integrated water and environmental company. He is a former director of SIGTTO, the international organization representing gas tanker and gas terminal operators worldwide. From 2008 to 2014 he was a vice president and board member of the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL). Between 2015, and 2018 he was the chairman of TPH International, a boutique investment bank based in Houston, Texas.

In January 2014, he was appointed as a non-executive director of BUPA, an international healthcare group. He sits on the nominations committee and is chairman of the remuneration committee. He also sits on the board of Bupa Arabia, a JV company listed on the Tadawul and based in Jeddah.

In June 2014, he was appointed a non-executive director of CC Energy. He also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

In February 2016, he cofounded Tellurian Inc. with Charif Souki and is now the vice chairman. Tellurian is developing a 27.5 mtpa LNG export project in Louisiana and is listed on the Nasdaq.

In March 2017, Martin was appointed as vicechairman of Hakluyt North America a company which provides independent, strategic advice to the world’s leading multinationals and financial institutions on complex issues.

In March 2018, he was appointed by Moelis and Company as Chairman of its global energy group.

In October 2019, Martin was appointed as Chairman of EnQuest PLC. He also serves as Chair of the Nomination Committee.

Martin’s other activities include:

  • Council member of the National Petroleum Council of the United States of America
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  • Member of the Development Committee of the Royal Opera House of London
  • Member of the advisory board of the Global Energy Policy unit at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, New York.
  • Member of the advisory board of Radia Inc.

Wael S. Khoury


In addition to his role as a Director of CC Energy, Wael Khoury serves as Chairman of the CCC Group and President of Petroleum and Minerals.

Wael is also a Director of a number of companies in the financial, insurance, investment and water sectors.

Wael actively supports a number of philanthropic causes, and serves as a director of the Antiochian Orthodox Society of Great Britain.

Wael holds a BEng in Civil Engineering from California State University, and a Masters in Engineering Administration from George Washington University.

Marwan Salloum

Director and President

Marwan Salloum was appointed President and member of the Board of Directors of CC Energy in 2007, at which time he oversaw the acquisition of Blocks 3 and 4 in Oman.

Prior to the formation of CC Energy, Marwan was Vice President of Oil & Gas for the Consolidated Contractors Group of Companies, which held interests in Block 14 - Masila in Yemen, and in the offshore Gaza Marine concession.

Marwan is a non-Executive Director of Viking Gulf Energy Services, a company providing drilling services in Oman, and also a non-Executive Director of a regional power generating company.

Marwan holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and an MBA from California State University, Chico, and a JD from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

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