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Hal Kvisle

President & CEO

Hal Kvisle was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Talisman Energy Inc. in September 2012. Mr. Kvisle has worked in the oil and gas industry since 1975 and in the utilities and power industry since 1999. Prior to joining Talisman, Mr. Kvisle was President and CEO of TransCanada for 10 years, President of Fletcher Challenge Energy Canada Inc., and played a leadership role with Dome Petroleum.

Mr. Kvisle is a member of the Board of ARC Resources Ltd. and the Bank of Montreal. He also occupies a Board position with Northern Blizzard Resources and is Chairman of The Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Previously, Mr. Kvisle chaired the Board of Governors at Mount Royal University and the Board of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.

Mr. Kvisle was recognized as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year in 2008. He received the Canadian Business Leader Award in 2009, the Distinguished Business Leader Award in 2010, and the Fraser Institute's T. Patrick Boyle Founder's Award in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary.

Paul Blakeley

Executive Vice-President, Asia-Pacific

Paul Blakeley joined Talisman Energy (UK) Limited in 1994 as Manager, Operations, becoming Talisman’s senior representative and Vice-President, North Sea in 1998. In January 2006, Mr. Blakeley was appointed Vice-President, Southeast Asia, based in Kuala Lumpur. In April that same year, he accepted the position of Executive Vice-President, International Operations (East), which was renamed Asia-Pacific in 2013. The area comprises Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea, as well as our non-operated assets in Algeria. Under Mr. Blakeley’s leadership, the company has added significant assets in Southeast Asia over the past three years.
Mr. Blakeley is a past Chairman of the UK industry-wide Step Change in Safety programme, was Co-Chair of the Industry Leadership Team, Vice-President of the Board of the UK Offshore Operators Association, and a past member of PILOT (the joint UK government and industry task force). He was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to the oil and gas industry in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours List of June 2002.

Born in the UK, Mr. Blakeley received his Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Geology from the University of London in 1975. He worked for Shell, Sun Oil, and Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) prior to joining Talisman.

Robert Rooney

Executive Vice-President, Corporate

Robert (Bob) Rooney is responsible for Talisman’s legal, internal audit, corporate security, corporate affairs, and government relations functions. Mr. Rooney has substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, international energy transactions, joint ventures, financings, governance, and corporate reorganizations. In addition, he has served as a director of several public and private corporations, and has presented numerous papers on energy law and transactions.

Mr. Rooney has been rated by Lexpert as one of Canada’s leading corporate commercial lawyers, by Chambers Global and Who's Who as one of the world’s leading energy transactional lawyers, and by In Brief as an energy specialist.
Until November 2005, Mr. Rooney was a partner with Bennett Jones LLP where he was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and co-leader of their Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group. In February 2012, he was appointed to the Queen’s Counsel – a mark of distinction to honour outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the community.

Mr. Rooney attended the University of Calgary and earned an LLB from the University of Western Ontario. He is an alumnus of the Alberta Alpine Ski Team and the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.

Paul Smith

Executive Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Paul Smith was appointed Executive Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer on May 20, 2013. Prior to this, Mr. Smith was Executive Vice-President, North America. During his tenure, Mr. Smith led the disposition of $5 billion of non-core assets, and strategically repositioned the North American business into four of the leading resource plays in North America.

Mr. Smith started his career at BP in Aberdeen in 1993, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in various international locations. He served as Vice-President and Director, Upstream Projects, and later as CFO for BP’s Trinidad operations, helping to deliver the world’s largest offshore gas pipeline and develop a strategic framework for gas expansion.
He also served as a business unit leader in the North Sea and as Upstream Vice-President for TNK-BP, where he was responsible for West Siberia operations.

Mr. Smith has an established track record in the upstream business, with commercial, strategic, operational and project management experience. He received a First-Class Honours degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Mr. Smith is a former governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), is currently a member of the fund development committee at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and sits on the Board of STARS – a non-profit organization.

Paul Warwick

Executive Vice-President, Europe-Atlantic

Paul Warwick joined Talisman in May 2012 as Executive Vice President, International Operations (West), which was renamed Europe-Atlantic in 2013. Paul is responsible for Talisman’s businesses in the UK, Norway, Colombia and the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq. In addition Paul leads Talisman’s global technical functions including, Exploration, Geoscience, Drilling & Completions, Projects & Engineering and Health, Safety and Environment activities. Paul is Talisman’s lead Board and Executive Committee member for the Talisman Sinopec Energy UK limited joint venture.

During his career Mr. Warwick has held progressively more senior leadership roles, including Managing Director of Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited, Trinidad; President and CEO Gulfstream Resources; Managing Director Conoco Nigeria; President and CEO Gulf Indonesia Resources; and more recently for ConocoPhillips: President and General Manager for Indonesia; President Middle East and North Africa; President Europe and West Africa; President for UK and Africa and President Asia Pacific.
Born in the UK, Mr. Warwick holds a master of science degree from Cranfield Institute of Technology, is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Fellow of the Welding Institute and Fellow of the Energy Institute. In the past Mr. Warwick was Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, President of the Indonesian Petroleum Association, Co-chair and board member of Oil and Gas UK, Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Scotland Development Group (JDRF), a trustee of The UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy and trustee of the St. Andrew’s Prize for the Environment. He is currently a member of Pilot, the Scottish First Minister’s Energy Advisory Group, the JDRF Scottish Development group and is Patron of Spinal Injuries Scotland.


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