John O’LEARY has, since January 2007, held the post of Chief Executive Officer of Strand Energy (Dubai), a company involved in seeking out investment and development opportunities in the oil and gas sector and also sits on the Supervisory Boards of Huisman Itrec and Jumbo Shipping. From 2004 to 2006, he was a partner in Pareto Offshore ASA, a Norwegian company specialized in advising customers in the exploration/production sector. In 1985, he joined the Forasol-Foramer group where he successively held the posts of Development and Partnerships Manager (1985-1989) and Vice Chairman for Marketing (1990-1997). After the takeover in 1997 of Forasol-Foramer by Pride International, a company specialized in onshore and offshore drilling, he became the President of the new group until 2004. He began his career as a trader in the Irish National Petroleum Corporation (1979-1980) before joining Total as a drilling engineer (1980-1985).

John O’Leary is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, the University College in Cork as well as the Institut Français du Pétrole.