Mr. Gardner has over 30 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry, initially as a geologist with Exxon; and after completing an MBA, progressed his commercial career to the corporate executive level with a growing focus on general management, strategy, business development and M&A. He spent nearly 17 years with BP, including in BP’s corporate center and M&A group, and leading Exploration new access globally and Upstream business development across Europe and Africa. From 2014, Mr. Gardner was SVP of Business Development for Husky Energy in Calgary culminating in Husky’s combination with Cenovus Energy in January 2021. Mr. Gardner, also, was a Special Adviser with Kirk Lovegrove & Company Ltd in London.
Mr. Gardner has a BS degree in Geology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, an MS degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.