Managing Director and CEO
B.Bus, FCA, F Fin, GAICD

Mr Matthew Allen was appointed Chief Executive Officer in February 2014 and Managing Director in June 2015. Mr Allen joined Otto Energy in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer and has played an integral role in implementing Otto’s strategy since joining Otto. Prior to joining Otto, Mr Allen worked for Woodside Energy for over 8 years in leadership roles in a number of Woodside business units, including within Woodside’s overseas businesses in Africa.

Mr Allen’s experience lies in the operation and management of oil & gas companies with particular focus on strategic, commercial and financial aspects of the business. Mr Allen has global upstream experience in the USA, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Executive Director, Vice President Exploration and New Ventures
BSc (Hons) (Mining Engineering), MAppSc (Exploration Geophysics)

Paul Senycia was appointed to the Board on 24 April 2018. Paul joined Otto in 2010 as Exploration Manager, and since 2015 has led the Company’s technical operations. Paul has been instrumental in the implementation of Otto’s US strategy and was closely involved in the successful farm-in to SM 71 in the Gulf of Mexico, which recently moved into production.

A seasoned oil and gas professional, trained as an exploration geoscientist, Paul has over 35 years of international oil and gas experience in both commercial and technical aspects of the business. This was gained with large and small companies worldwide including Shell, Woodside and Beach Petroleum. Over the last twenty years Paul has accumulated substantial Gulf of Mexico expertise both on the shelf and in the deep water. This has included deal capture, asset management and project divestment activities. Outside the Gulf of Mexico, Paul has worked in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia both on and offshore.


Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Mr Rich joined Otto in January 2017. Mr Rich is an experienced public Company CFO with the last 15 years as CFO of upstream oil and gas companies with international interests including Australia, Asia and the US.