New E&P CEO for DONG Energy

DONG Energy has appointed a new Group Executive VP and CEO for its exploration and production division to replace Søren Gath Hansen, who is stepping down from the role. 

David B. Cook, Hansen's replacement, is a 52-year-old American who was previously Executive Officer and Head of Oil & Gas at the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, TAQA.

Prior to TAQA, Cook worked for BP across E&P operational, exploration and commercial functions. Cook is geologist and geophysicist by education and holds a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Michigan State University. He takes over the CEO role effective today. 

Søren Gath Hansen will continue in DONG Energy as head of the group's Quality, Health, Safety and Environment activities (QHSE).

Søren Gath Hansen said: "I have worked for DONG Energy for more than 30 years and throughout the past 12 years I have had the privilege to head the build-up of the oil and gas business which has become a strong player in the North Sea with a daily production of more than 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent. I have recently turned 60 and I have now reached a point in my life where I feel it is the right time to hand over the challenging job as CEO of the E&P business to my successor. I have a great passion for safety and environment and I am looking forward to spending all my energy in supporting DONG Energy's positive progress in this area."

DONG Energy CEO Henrik Poulsen said: "Søren has built DONG Energy's oil and gas business into a strong regional player which over the last six years has doubled its production. Søren passes on the position at a time where DONG Energy's oil and gas production is the highest ever."

"David has a long and impressive career in BP behind him and recently had remarkable success in his responsibility for the global oil and gas business in TAQA, Abu Dhabi's national energy company. David has deep experience from the global oil and gas industry within exploration, development projects and operation of producing fields. Through his results he has demonstrated that he is able to develop an oil and gas business, both in terms of making more of the existing assets as well as building a sound long-term E&P business based on exploration and acquisition success."

About David B. Cook: 

  • 2010-2014: Executive Officer and Head of Oil & Gas, TAQA (UAE)
  • 2008-2010: Vice President, BP Russia Offshore
  • 2005-2008: Vice President, BP Sakhalin
  • 1998-2005: Commercial and technical positions, BP & TNK-BP
  • 1988-1998: Technical and commercial positions, Amoco
  • 1988: Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, Michigan State University
  • 1984: B.Sc. in Geology with Geophysics Option, Michigan State University

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