Management

MATTHEW ALLEN
MATTHEW ALLEN

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.

WILL ARMSTRONG
WILL ARMSTRONG

Vice President Exploration and New Ventures

B.S. in Geology, M.S. in Geology, emphasis in Geophysics and Hydrogeology

Prior to joining Otto Will worked with Tri-C Resources, a privately owned Houston based oil and gas company, developing Gulf Coast conventional prospects for drilling. Prior to joining Tri-C Resources, Will screened Gulf Coast, Offshore GOM, and Deepwater GOM prospects for Continental Land & Fur between 2007 and 2014. Between 1999 and 2007, Will worked as a geophysical consultant, generating Offshore and Gulf Coast prospects on behalf of Houston Energy, Westport Resources, and Petroquest Energy. Prior to consulting, Will had generated prospects for several Houston-based independent oil & gas companies, including being a founding member of Newfield Exploration. Will began his career at Tenneco Oil Company in 1987 in Lafayette.

Will graduated with a B.S. in Geology, minor in Mathematics, from Grand Valley State College in 1985. He also graduated from Wright State University with a M.S. in Geology, emphasis in Geophysics and Hydrogeology, in 1987.

KEVIN SMALL
KEVIN SMALL

DIRECTOR and Chief Geophysicist

(Executive Director) B.S Geophysical Engineering

Kevin Small was appointed to the Board on 29 January 2019. Kevin has over forty years’ experience in the Gulf of Mexico both onshore and offshore, and has been responsible for the generation, farm-in, drilling and development of numerous Gulf Coast discoveries. Kevin brings extensive networks and relevant experience to Otto’s Gulf Coast business.

Prior to joining Otto Kevin worked with Tri-C Resources, a privately owned Houston based oil and gas company, developing Gulf Coast conventional prospects for drilling. Between 2003 and 2012, Kevin worked for Bluestreak Exploration Group developing prospects exclusively for LLOG Exploration which resulted in successful discoveries on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf and Deepwater. Kevin was the Exploration Manager and a founding member of the Houston office of Westport Oil and Gas Company between 1996 and 2003, ultimately helping them go public in October 2000. Kevin also has worked for the Superior Oil Company and McMoran Oil and Gas, starting his career in 1978. During his time with LLOG, Westport, and McMoRan, he has drilled wells with cumulative production of over 692 BCFG and 82 MMBO.

In addition to his executive director role, Kevin is employed as Chief Geophysicist for Otto.

Philip Trajanovich

Senior Commercial Manager

Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) 

Philip was engaged by Otto as a commercial manager in July 2016 and has worked in both the Perth and Houston offices since that time. Prior to joining Otto, Philip was Commercial Manager at Aurora Oil and Gas and its subsequent acquirer Baytex Energy for over four years, focused on the Eagleford shale unconventional play. Philip has also worked with ConocoPhillips as an Asset Manager for nearly three years and Woodside Energy as a Commercial Adviser for over seven years. Philip has gained extensive experience in all facets of upstream oil and gas operations and commercial structures internationally and within the USA.

Philip graduated with a B.Com with First Class Honors from the University of Western Australia in 2001.