Directors and Management

Dr.David Klingner

BSc (Geology), PhD (Geology) 

Independent Non- Executive Chairman

Appointed 19 December 2014.


David has over a decade of Australian and international boardroom experience and has worked in the natural resources industry for 38 years. David spent his career working for Rio Tinto (and Rio Tinto affiliated companies) holding many senior executive positions including Head of Exploration, Group Executive Coal and Gold, Managing Director Kaltim Prima Coal as well as various other commercial and technical roles including Group Geologist Petroleum Exploration. Since 2004 David has been an active company chairman and corporate director. He is the outgoing Chairman of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd (formerly Ivanhoe Mines Ltd IVN:TSE), a TSX and NYSX listed company (TRQ: TSX, NYSE & NASDAQ), an advisory board member to resource private equity boutique, Pacific Road Capital Management, former Chairman of Codan Limited (CDA:ASX) and former Chairman of Energy Resources of Australia Ltd (ERA:ASX).


David brings considerable global project development and stakeholder management expertise to the Board of Karoon across the resources industry. He has experience in navigating complex and difficult social and fiscal environments as well as chairing several companies through the modern governance landscape both in Australia and North America. In addition David has significant exploration experience in South America and Africa.


Dr. Klingner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a PhD in Geology from the University of Melbourne. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Member of the Remuneration Committee and Risk and Governance Committee.


Mr Robert M. Hosking

Managing Director


Appointed 11 November 2003.



Robert is the founding Director of the Company and has more than 30 years of commercial experience in the management of several companies. During December 2014, upon the appointment of Dr David Klingner, Robert stepped down as the Executive Chairman and assumed the role of Managing Director.


Robert has been involved in the oil and gas industry for 16 years and was the founding director/shareholder of Nexus Energy Limited. Robert also has a background of more than 17 years commercial experience in the steel industry. He jointly owned and managed businesses involved in the transglobal sourcing, shipping and distribution of steel-related products, with particular expertise gained in Europe and the Asia/Pacific Rim.

Mr Mark A. Smith
Dip. App. Geol, Bsc. (Geology)
Executive Director and Exploration Director

Appointed 20 November 2003.


Mark has more than 30 years experience as a geologist and exploration manager in petroleum exploration and development in Australia, South East Asia and North America. The bulk of this experience was gained while working with BHP Petroleum. Mark has been directly involved with 11 economic oil and gas discoveries.


Mark has geosciences skills in regional basin and tectonic studies, petroleum systems fairway assessments, prospect evaluations, risking and volumetrics, fault seal prediction and well-site operations. His management skills cover general and human resources management, acreage evaluation and acquisition projects, farm-ins/farm-outs, well site operations management and management of onshore and offshore drilling operations.

Mr Geoff Atkins
FIE Aust. RMIT Dip. Civ Eng.
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 22 February 2005.


Geoff has over 40 years experience in investigation, planning, design, documentation and project management of numerous significant port, harbour and maritime projects. These include container terminals, LNG jetties, heavy lift wharves, cement, coal, bauxite, iron ore and other bulk terminals and naval bases.


Geoff has gained substantial overseas experience completing marine projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, South Africa, Namibia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. LNG, oil, gas, bulk ports and other large maritime infrastructure projects that Geoff has been involved in have included the design of Woodside Petroleum Ltd’s LNG Jetty, tender design of ConocoPhillips’ Darwin LNG Jetty and concept designs for the Sunrise LNG Jetty. Geoff has also been involved in investigations of proposed LNG marine terminals in Taiwan, Iran and Israel for BHP Petroleum and the West Kingfish and Cobia oil drilling platforms for ESSO/BHP in Bass Strait.

Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Member of the Audit Committee.

Mr Clark Davey
B. Commerce, FTIA, MAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 1 October 2010.


Clark has over 30 years experience in the Australian natural resources industry as a taxation consultant to oil and gas and mining companies. Clark was a partner at Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in the natural resources industry. For a number of years he held resource industry leadership roles within both firms. Clark is a member of the Taxation Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Clark brings a wealth of taxation and business advisory knowledge and experience to the Company, including experience with company income tax, petroleum resource rent taxation in Australia and assisting with accounting and capital management. He has assisted many Australian companies with tax management of their joint venture interests and has had considerable experience with merger and acquisition transactions. He has also assisted companies expand their resource industry interests internationally.

Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Member of the Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee and Risk and Governance Committee.

Mr Jose Coutinho Barbosa
Bsc. (Geology) Msc. (Geophysics).
Non-Executive Director

Appointed 31 August 2011.


Jose Coutinho spent 38 years with Petrobras, beginning his career in a number of technical and management positions, culminating in his appointment as Acting President and CEO of Petrobras, now the world’s fifth largest petroleum exploration and production company.


Earlier in his career, Jose Coutinho was Executive Vice-President and CEO of Petróbras Internacional SA (otherwise known as Braspetro) and was Managing Director for Exploration and Production of Petrobras until his retirement during February 2003. Since then, he has managed his own independent consulting firm, Net Pay Óleo & Gás Consultoria Ltda, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, operating in areas of the petroleum industry. Jose Coutinho brings knowledge and experience to the Company, including experience with geology, exploration and production and local knowledge of the oil and gas industry in Brazil and internationally.


Mr Peter Turnbull
B. Commerce, LLB, FGIA, FAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 6 June 2014.


Peter brings significant experience as an independent Non?Executive Director from a range of organisations and industries and is a current and long standing Director, and former President, of the Governance Institute of Australia. Peter has over 30 years of senior executive experience gained in publically listed, private and government owned organisations in Australia, South East Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Peter's experience includes over a decade in energy markets and the resource sector in senior executive positions including as Company Secretary of Newcrest Mining Limited, Company Secretary and General Counsel of BTR Nylex Limited and General Manager, Legal and Corporate Affairs with Energex Limited.

In addition to significant energy and resources and senior executive experience, Peter brings extensive experience in designing, implementing and managing corporate governance frameworks, including risk management regimes, and is an Executive Committee member of several global organisations which promote good governance.

Key specialist skills include strategic planning, corporate and commercial law, joint ventures, corporate governance, managing growth and risk management.

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
Chairman of the Risk and Governance Committee.
Member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee.


Ms Luciana Bastos De Freitas Rachid
BA Chem Eng.
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 26 August 2016.


Luciana has over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in both technical, commercial and senior leadership roles in Brazil, including 20 years in the Exploration and Production Division of Petrobras.  

Luciana also has a range of Board experience in Brazil.  She has represented Petrobras as Chairperson of Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolívia-Brasil S.A, and Gás Brasiliano Distribuidora S.A as well as a Director of Transportadora Associada de Gás, Companhia de Gás de Minas Gerais and Companhia Paranaense de Gás.

Luciana has technical experience across project evaluation, development and management roles.  Specific experience includes Marlim Leste Asset Manager, the design of the first offshore platforms in the Campos Basin, the production, handling and processing of natural gas onshore and offshore, the coordination of the Petrobras E&P Deepwater Strategic Project and a variety technical and economic feasibility studies on major projects including participation in the first Petrobras project finance deals.

Luciana has also held positions in the Petrobras commercial team including Executive Manager of Investor Relations, Executive Manager of Financial Planning and Risk Management, General Manager of Corporate Affairs, General Manager of Marketing and Trading, Executive Manager for Logistics and Investments in Natural Gas and Chief Executive Officer Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolivia Brazil and most recently Chief Executive Officer of Transportadora Associada de Gas SA.

Member of the Nomination Committee and Risk and Governance Committee.

Mr Scott Hosking
B. Commerce
Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer

Appointed 10 March 2006.


Scott has a significant international financial and commercial management background with expertise in equity capital raisings. He has been involved with several commercial ventures over the past 15 years with experience in international trade, finance and corporate management. He has previously held support positions to Company Secretaries of listed companies and was involved in the listing of Karoon Gas Australia Ltd.


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