Chief Executive (since Feb 2019) / Central Petroleum
Leon Devaney has over 15 years of commercial and finance experience within the Australian oil and gas sector, and holds an MBA and BSc (Finance) from the University of Southern California, USA. Mr Devaney joined Central Petroleum in 2012 as chief commercial officer, making the transition to chief financial officer in November 2014 before becoming acting chief executive and managing director in August 2018, and as permanent chief executive in February 2019. Mr Devaney was instrumental in negotiating the Mereenie acquisition from Santos in 2015, as well as the Palm Valley and Dingo Gas Field acquisition from Magellan Petroleum in 2014. Prior to joining Central Petroleum, he worked at QGC and played a pivotal role in its growth from a small cap gas exploration company into a multi-billion dollar takeover target by the BG Group in 2008. He continued with BG following the QGC takeover where he was general manager of gas and power, and responsible for the domestic gas and electricity portfolio. Prior to QGC, Mr Devaney held senior roles at Deloitte in the Corporate Finance Advisory group where he was active in structuring and implementing commercial and financing transactions for major energy and infrastructure projects throughout Australia.