Management Team

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. 

David Hendry

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.

Andrew Sweerts

Vice President, Business Development & Commercial

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.

Mark Hodgson

Vice President, Operations and E&P Services

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.

Aaron Smith

Vice President, Development

Mr. Smith joined the Company in July 2018 and brings over 20 years of engineering expertise across a broad range of technical and leadership roles. Most recently, he held the position of Vice President, Production at Sinopec Canada where he led improvement efforts on margin and uptime performance. Prior to that appointment he led the Development and Marketing divisions and served in asset leadership roles in the Cardium area. His early career is distinguished with increasing responsibility in Corporate Planning, Completions, and Reservoir Engineering. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science in Geologic Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.