Kevin Gallagher joined Santos as managing director in February 2016. Prior to that, he was chief executive at Clough. Mr Gallagher has over 25 years of experience in managing oil and gas operations in Australia, the US, North and West Africa. A qualified mechanical engineer, he commenced his career as a drilling engineer with Mobil North Sea before joining Woodside in 1998. During his 13-year tenure with Woodside, he rose to the positions of executive vice president of the North West Shelf Business Unit and chief executive of North West Shelf Venture.