Chief Executive Officer
Lars Ødeskaug is the founder and CEO of Front Energy AS. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He started his career with Brown & Root and has held senior management positions in oil-service and technology companies since 1994. Mr. Ødeskaug has an extensive international network, including oil companies, shipowners, yards and engineering companies. His experience also includes financing and government relations. He holds several board positions, has given numerous presentations at international energy conferences and has written many articles related to innovation in the oil and gas industry.
Arne Smedal is a Norwegian entrepreneur who has founded several companies in the oil & gas industry. His experience includes founder and president of Marine Consulting Group AS (MCG) in 1989 and founder and CEO of Advanced Production and Loading (APL) in 1992. Mr. Smedal was Executive Vice President of Hitec ASA from 1996 to 1997, and President and CEO of Navis ASA from 1997 to 2001. He was founder, chairman and CEO of Sevan Marine ASA from 2001 to 2011. He has received numerous international prizes and awards for technology development and commercialization in the oil & gas industry and is currently chairman and CEO of Cefront Technology AS.
Tom Erik Smedal
Experience include more than 20 years within Oil & Gas industry with special focus within offloading operations and LNG development. Former employee in Sevan Marine as Principal Engineer Offloading since 2002. Role as Technical Lead for the Goliat FPSO (Barents Sea) Offloading contract with responsible to prepare outline description, specifications, select vendors and to follow up the construction, delivery and documentation of the
Offloading System, including auxiliary systems.
Industrial Engineer (Escuela Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de Barcelona, UPC), Master in Business Administration (ESADE-UPC), Master in «Direction et Administration de filiales étrangères et consolidation groupe» - HEC Paris and Institut Français des Administrateurs. Founder of AC Oil and Gas S.L. Carlos is former Gas Natural, Europe Marketing Manager, Gaz de France manager LNG Business development and international Trading, Oil-Gas Director of ARETECH SOLUTIONS (Oil Upstream and E&P), Origination and LNG Trading Manager – Essent trading and LNG Services Leader at Mercados EMI. He is also LNG Energy Business Consultant and managing partner for Iswari Group Europe, and Akribeia EPG partner for Europe.
Lou Montilla has 30 years international experience in upstream and LNG industries with Oil & Gas Major (BP), Investment Bank (Morgan Stanley) and Trading Companies (Glencore and Noble Group). He has worked on numerous LNG projects and gained experience along each stage of the "gas to markets" supply chain (gas production - liquefaction - shipping - importation and gas distribution). Mr. Montilla has specific knowledge of marketing LNG supply to Asian and South American buyers and has negotiated several sale and purchase contracts. He has an extensive LNG industry network with LNG buyers, suppliers, traders, shippers, technology licensors as well as legal and financial service providers.
Saeid Mokhatab is a world-class expert in the natural gas processing industry. He has been actively involved in different aspects of several large-scale gas processing projects such as South Pars and South Gashu gas fields’ development projects. Saeid has contributed to gas processing technology improvements through 300 technical papers and two renowned books, the Handbook of Liquefied Natural Gas and the Handbook of Natural Gas Transmission & Processing (published by Elsevier in the US), which are widely read and highly respected. He founded Elsevier’s Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, and has held technical advisory positions for leading professional publications (e.g., Gas Processing & LNG, SPE Oil and Gas Facilities), professional societies (e.g., GPA Europe, SPE) and conferences (e.g., SOGAT, SPE ATCE) in the field of gas processing.