A key Expert Petroleum’s competitive advantage is its unique personnel management capabilities, which support, train and empower the local organization toward production enhancement initiatives.

Board of Directors

Ghiath Sukhtian


  • Ghiath M. Sukhtian is a leading entrepreneur who has been working in the MENA region’s telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and agricultural sectors for the past 48 years. He is a board member of Astra Industrial Group (AIG – Saudi Arabia), Palestine Telecommunications (Palestine), VTEL Holdings (Dubai), Ogier Electronics (UK), United Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company (Jordan).

  • He is Chairman & founder of MSPharma, Agri Sciences Izmir Turkey, as well as several other leading regional companies. Mr. Sukhtian is a member of the World President's Organization (WPO), and serves on several non-profit boards including Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies as well as Microfund for Women where he is Chairman.

  • He has completed his studies at the American University of Beirut-Lebanon and University of Houston/Texas in Economics

Jean Chevallier

Independent Director

  • Expert Petroleum welcomes Jean Chevallier as an independent director of the company. During his diverse 38-years career with Schlumberger, Jean has held a variety of senior management and engineering positions in Schlumberger’s Oilfield Services Drilling business, and regional management positions with the Well Testing business unit.

  • He was also Vice President Industry Affairs, the first Chief Information Officer at Schlumberger and President of Omnes a joint venture with Cable & Wireless. Jean retired from Schlumberger in 2009 and co-founded IDO, an NGO which is helping rural communities in less developed countries build sustainable drinking water supply systems. Jean holds an engineering degree from ENSTA in Paris.

Faisal Sukhtian


  • Faisal Sukhtian is the Executive Director at GMS Holdings. In addition to managing the operations of GMS Holdings, Faisal oversees a number of investments within the GMS Holdings portfolio and serves as a director on the company's board. Prior to joining GMS Holdings, Faisal worked at JP Morgan's investment bank in New York where he worked on a number of M&A, debt and equity transactions serving clients in the industrials and transportation sector.

  • Faisal holds a Bachelors of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

David Martinon


  • Before co-founding Expert Petroleum in 2006. David spent all of his career in Schlumberger where he started as a Well testing Field Engineer in South East Asia up to the position of Manager Mergers and Acquisitions at Schlumberger Limited in Paris. David has been involved in various production enhancement projects in particular in Indonesia. He has a broad understanding of the Oil & Gas industry from operational and strategic perspectives. He holds an engineering degree from INSA, France and an MBA from INSEAD.

Michel Louboutin


  • Michel spent previously 24 years with Schlumberger. He has broad experience in production, development and mature asset management. He managed two large integrated production enhancement projects in Norway and Venezuela for Shell, and was distinguished for initiating and managing one of the largest and most successful production enhancement contract in Romania between Schlumberger and Romgaz S.A for the Laslau Mare gas field in 2003.

  • Michel has worked 13 years in Romania and is fully aware of local laws and regulations, and has a large experience in working with Romanian authorities, and other E&P Companies operating in Romania. He was elected Oil Man of the Year in 2011 by the Romanian Petroleum Club, and he was the President of ROPEPCA (Romanian Petroleum Exploration and Production Companies Association) between 2015 and 2016.

Management team

Florian Grosu

Assets Director

  • Florian has 28 years of O&G international experience. He has a strong background in geology, petrophysics, geophysics and reservoir engineering including considerable experience in the rehabilitation of mature fields in Romania. Florian worked 21 years for OMV/Petrom in Romania and in Kazkhstan in various technical and management position. Then he joined Schlumberger for the production enhancement project of the Hassi Messaoud giant oil field in Algeria.

  • There he was responsible for the R2T (Reservoir to Tank) team, which covered all activities from reservoir, drilling and production to transportation. He worked as lead geologist for the development phase of the giant gas-condensate field Karachaganak from Kazakhstan. In 2010 he joined Expert Petroleum in Romania. Florian graduated the Executive Master Program from ESCP Europe.

Lavinia Predescu


  • Lavinia previously worked for KPMG Romania where she started as Audit Assistant up to the position of Audit Manager. She is a member of ACCA and CAFR, she holds a master degree in Financial and Stock Exchange Management (ASE) and a master in management from ESC Paris.

Daniela Briceag

HR Manager

  • Senior HR Professional with more than 15 year experience in building and optimizing organizational processes for maximizing the business results. As an HR consultant, she has been involved in various M&A and privatization projects by implementing key actions that ensured full people support thus making the difference for success. Before joining Expert Petroleum team in January 2013, Daniela worked for a number of big international organizations

  • such as KPMG and ABN AMRO Bank. Daniela has master degree in Applied Electronics, an MBA from University of Bristol and she is an active member of CIPD (Certified Institute of Professional Development).

Ciprian Rus

QHSE Manager

  • Ciprian has a law degree from Tibiscus University, Timisoara. Ciprian has more than 10 years of QHSE experience first with Schlumberger for a large gas field production enhancement project in Romania, then with Expert Petroleum for the last 4 years. Ciprian leadership in QHSE has been demonstrated by the excellent QHSE track record of the company and its various ISO certification.

Cristian Itu

Business Services Manager

  • Before joining our team, Cristian worked for 12 years in KPMG Romania - Management Consulting. Within Expert Petroleum, Cristian coordinates the Internal Audit, he is also in-charge with IT Governance and Process Improvement. Cristian Itu has over 14 years of experience in Business Advisory and Auditing, Project Management, Business Process Improvement, IT Governance and ERP systems implementation.

  • Cristian is Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and has M.Sc. in Financial Analysis.

Marian Clipea

Subsurface Manager

  • Over 20 years experience as reservoir engineer, within OMV-Petrom Romania, Beicip-Franlab France, HOT Engineering Austria, Petrofac and Expert Petroleum Romania. Experience in all aspects of reservoir engineering including production enhancement in brown fields, reservoir studies and reservoir management. Involved in designing, managing and monitoring IOR processes (water injection, infill drilling with horizontal wells) sand control,

  • oil and water treatment, well perforation, production tests, well stimulation.

Octavian Vasile

Commercial Manager

  • Certified procurement professional (CPP), Certified QA/QC professional and EU Public Procurement Professional, Octavian has more than 14 years of experience in Business Support area covering quality, purchasing and commercial side. Commercial and Procurement Manager experienced with a good knowledge of E&P in O&G Industry and strong leadership skills he coordinated during the time complex teams covering all Supply Chain and Commercial Area...

  • in domestic and international projects implementing and applying global procurement and commercial best practice with proved results. He is member of APICS since 2012. With a proactive attitude he is always open for new challenges in his professional life.

Manuel Manole

Timis Operations Manager

  • Manuel has 25 years of O&G experience in particular as head of operations for petroleum activities (drilling, completion, heavy workover, special operations, production wells and O&G sales) for mature assets in Romania and some O&G fields in South Sudan. Before Expert Petroleum, Manuel worked for Petrom as well as international Oil and Gas companies.

Emil Burlacu

Ticleni Operations Manager

  • Experienced Productions and Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the Oil & Gas industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Petroleum, Budgeting, Operations Management, and Management. Strong operations professional with an Engineer's Degree focused in Oil&Gas University Ploiesti Romania.
    With 10+ years of diverse experience onshore oil & gas fields within Petrom and Petrofac mostly in technical leading positions:

  • Production Engineer, WO/WI Supervisor, Sector Chief, Production Management, Asset Performance Optimization. Studied and implemented number of new technologies to improve operations efficiency, optimize oil&gas production with minimum investment and maximize asset value. Implemented an intensive production enhancement programme; production optimization, well re-activation, workover, water injection project and drill new wells.

  • Assessed and managed mature fields for production enhancement and production sharing contracts.

Anton Tokarev

Business Development Advisor

  • Anton is an experienced strategist with background in oil and gas and management consulting. Before joining our team Anton served as Head of Strategy in Ukrainian largest oil and gas company (UGV) and was responsible for developing strategy and transformation of the company.

  • He also worked as management consultant in Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and KPMG. His experience covers wide variety of business areas, such as strategy, operational excellence, turnarounds, financial management, investments, Lean, PMO and other for largest industrial companies across a world.

Victoria Sergeeva

Ukraine Deputy Country Manager

  • Victoria is external affairs, business development and international trade professional skilled in communications, negotiations, contracts, due diligence, international financing, international trade, market promotion, management of targeted projects and ad-hoc teams.

  • She counseled Black Sea Oil & Gas SRL, worked for 8 years for DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG as deputy director in Ukraine, before for Marathon Oil as GR manager in Ukraine, for U.S. Embassy in Ukraine as commercial specialist handling the energy sector.

  • Victoria holds a degree in computer system engineering from National Technical University “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Ukraine, and a professional diploma in management from The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.