In his new role, Brown will be responsible for leading Santos’ domestic and international exploration and new venture efforts. In 2006 the company plans to spend $225 million on a high-impact, 25-well exploration program that includes a record 17 wells outside Australia.
Brown also is responsible for building Santos’ growth options by identifying and developing new venture opportunities.
Brown, who most recently was Santos’ manager of growth projects, joined the company in 2001 from Unocal. He has more than 20 years experience in the oil and gas industry in Australia and overseas, including 11 years in Indonesia managing both onshore and offshore exploration programs. During part of this time, Brown was a principal member of Unocal’s successful deepwater exploration team in East Kalimantan that discovered several hundred million barrels of oil equivalent. He has also consulted to projects throughout Southeast Asia, the U.S., Brazil, and Australia.
A geologist by training, Brown holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Melbourne.
"Exploration leadership is a critical role for an exploration and production company and so we are delighted to retain someone of Mr Brown’s considerable international experience and successful track record for this position," said John Ellice-Flint, Santos' Managing Director. "The appointment comes at a time of unprecedented exploration and development activity at Santos--across a range of operational areas not seen previously in the company’s history."
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