David L. French
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. French, joined Obsidian Energy on October 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. French served as President and CEO of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., a Calgary-based publicly-traded oil and gas company with operations in Southeastern Europe. Mr. French successfully led the operational and commercial growth of the enterprise over his tenure. He has worked a wide range of reservoir rock types, and primary, secondary and tertiary development throughout Canada, the lower 48 United States and Europe. Prior to joining Bankers in 2013, Mr. French held several executive roles at Apache Corporation including Regional Production Manager for the western Canadian business, and Global Vice President of Business Development. Earlier in his career Mr. French worked for McKinsey & Co. in energy consulting and built his career in the Permian Basin for Amoco Production Company (now BP). Mr. French holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hendry is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of finance experience. Joining Obsidian Energy in April 2015 as Vice President of Finance, he moved into the CFO position in January 2017. Prior to joining the Company, he served as a finance Vice President at Talisman Energy Inc. where he also worked overseas for nine years in the Norway and U.K. North Sea offices. Mr. Hendry started his career working nine years in public accounting, largely at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Vice President, Development & Operations
Mr. Berthelet was appointed Vice President, Cardium in September 2015 and then Vice President, Development & Production for the entire company in June 2016. He originally joined Obsidian Energy as General Manager, Cardium in December 2014. He has 19 years of energy industry experience in onshore North America as well as several international projects in South America, Russia and the Middle East. He previously held a variety of technical and management positions with Taqa North, Apache Canada, Nexen and Schlumberger. He is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
Vice President, Production & Technical Services
Mr. Sweerts is the Vice President, Production and Technical Services for Obsidian Energy. He joined the Company in June of 2014, and held the position of VP, Business Development and Commercial until February of 2017. Mr. Sweerts has over 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, leading A&D and trading activities, directing projects and overseeing joint venture partnerships. Prior to joining the Company in June of 2014, Mr. Sweerts held a number of senior roles within Marathon Oil Canada Corp. including Vice President, Operations and Engineering and Vice President, JV Operations and Marketing. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of technical and commercial positions with successive levels of responsibility at Western Oil Sands LP and Suncor Energy. Mr. Sweerts has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Master in Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University.
Vice President, Business Development & Commercial
Mr. Hodgson brings over 16 years’ experience in the industry most recently leading Bankers Petroleum technical and commercial expansion efforts in Eastern Europe. Prior to New Ventures, Mr. Hodgson held positions managing service functions of Legal, Crude Marketing, Stakeholder Engagement, Supply Chain, Investor Relations, and Corporate Planning. Prior to Bankers Petroleum, he worked five years each in investment banking with Tristone Capital in London, and on Wall Street in New York with Group One, a trading house. Mr. Hodgson holds a degree in Finance from the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania.