Kevin Gallagher

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Santos Ltd

Kevin joined Santos as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2016, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in managing oil and gas operations in Australia, the USA and North and West Africa.

A turnaround specialist with a track record in transforming underperforming operations, Kevin commenced his career as a drilling engineer with Mobil North Sea, 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 and was the CEO of the North West Shelf Venture at Woodside, where he was responsible for production on Australia’s largest resource project.

Kevin joined Clough Limited as CEO and Managing Director in 2011, and during his 4-year tenure he implemented strategies that transformed the business and delivered record financial results.

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

Since joining Santos, Kevin has restructured the business, removed substantial costs and significantly improved production and financial performance. He has implemented a growth strategy to focus the business on five, core long-life gas assets and has strengthened the balance sheet to provide a sustainable business in a low oil price environment.

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