Management Team

James A. Kishpaugh  | Houston

Executive Chairman

Jim has served as Executive Chairman since November 2013. Previously, he served as CEO & Chairman, and in such capacities for our predecessor company since 1997. Prior to Merlon, Jim led a joint venture with the Samsung Group of South Korea to invest in various international petroleum projects. Jim started working in the North Africa region as CEO of Phoenix Resource Company.

Jason P. Stabell  | Houston

President & CEO

Jason has served as CEO since November 2013, President since June 2008, and as CFO since October 2004. In our predecessor company, Merlon Petroleum Company, Inc., he served in a variety of roles, including CFO starting in 1998. Jason started his career as a financial analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in New York.

Nicola L. Maddox  | Houston

EVP & Secretary

Nicki has served as EVP and Secretary since January 2012 and has been with the company since 2009. Prior to Merlon, she served as Chairman and CEO of Centurion Exploration Company with assets onshore Texas and Louisiana. Previously, Nicki held various executive and managerial positions with both large and small domestic oil and gas companies. She began her career with Exxon.

John R. Barnwell, P.E. | Houston

SVP Operations

John has served as SVP of Operations, and in such capacity for our predecessor company, since 2003. Prior to Merlon, John was Director of International and Special Projects at Brammer Engineering. Previously, John was Operations General Manager with Smith Operating and Management Company, President of Ram Drilling Co., and Vice President of Barnwell Drilling Co.

David A. Smith | Houston

SVP Subsurface

Dave initially served as Geological Exploration Manager, but was recently promoted to the position of Subsurface SVP. Prior to joining Merlon in 2014, Dave worked thirty years on various international exploration and new venture projects with Marathon Oil. Before working with Marathon, he spent six years working in mineral exploration in New Mexico, Alaska, and Australia.

Andrew Williamson | Houston

VP Finance

Andrew Williamson was promoted to Vice President of Finance in early 2016 after serving the Company as Manager of Corporate Development since December of 2012. In his current role, he leads the finance, corporate development, and investor relations efforts. Andrew previously worked in management consulting for Accenture in their Resources / Energy strategy practice in Houston. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

Magdi El Ghor  | Cairo

Petrosilah Company General Manager & Managing Director

Magdi joined Merlon in 2007 as Operations, Drilling Manager, and Board Member for the Merlon Egyptian joint venture company, Petrosilah Company.  In 2013 Magdi was promoted to General Manager & Managing Director and Board Member.  Prior to joining Merlon, Magdi held various engineering and executive positions with Qatar Petroleum, Aramco, and GPC.

Maged Abdel Halim  | Cairo

Merlon Petroleum El Fayum Deputy General Manager & Exploration General Manager

Maged has served as Deputy General Manager of the Egyptian subsidiary since 2008 and has worked with Merlon and its predecessor company as an exploration consultant since 2002. Prior to Merlon, Maged was Vice Chairman for Petroleum Agreements and International Relations at EGPC, the Egyptian National Oil Company.