Australia’s Woodside makes board changes

Australian LNG producer Woodside has revealed new appointments to its board as two of the company’s directors are stepping down.

Woodside announced on Wednesday the retirement of Sarah Ryan and Christopher Haynes, with effect from the conclusion of the company’s annual general meeting, scheduled to be held on April 2023.

Haynes has served on the company’s board since 2011 and is a member of the audit and risk
committee, the sustainability committee, and the nominations and governance committee.

Moreover, Ryan joined the Woodside board in December 2012 and serves on the audit and risk committee, the sustainability committee, and the nominations and governance committee.

“In recent years, Chris and Sarah, together with the other directors, have guided Woodside through a global pandemic, volatile energy markets and other challenging external conditions, and each played a significant role in the successful completion of Woodside’s merger with BHP Petroleum in 2022,” Woodside chair Richard Goyder said in the statement.

New appointments

Woodside’s board appointed Arnaud Breuillac as a non-executive director, effective immediately.

Breuillac has had a forty-year tenure with major global energy player, TotalEnergies, holding positions across the Middle East, continental Europe, and central Asia before retiring from his role as president exploration and Production at the end of 2021 after seven years in the seat, the statement said.

He joins Woodside as an independent non-executive director and member of the human resources and compensation, the sustainability and the nominations and governance committees.

Breuillac will stand for election as a non-executive director at the AGM.

In addition, Woodside’s board also recommended Angela Minas for appointment as a director of Woodside at the AGM.

Minas is an experienced financial executive with strong capital market experience and broad exposure to the energy and natural resources spectrum, including exploration and production, midstream, oilfield services, petrochemicals, mining and basic materials, the statement said.

If elected at the AGM, Minas will join the Woodside board as an independent non-executive director and a member of the audit and risk, the sustainability, and the nominations and governance committees.

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