Senior Management Team

Kai-Uwe Kessel
Chief Executive Officer

Kai-Uwe Kessel was appointed as a director of Nostrum Oil & Gas (former ZGL) on 16 November 2007 and has served as chief executive of Nostrum Oil & Gas since November 2004. From 2002 to 2005, Mr Kessel was director of Gaz de France’s North African E&P division. From 1992 to 2001, Mr Kessel was Managing Director of Erdgas Erdol GmbH, an oil and gas company owned by Gaz de France, and chairman of the board of KazGermunai. Mr Kessel is a graduate of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.

Tom Richardson
Group Chief Financial Officer

Mr Richardson was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and a director of Nostrum on 1 September 2016. Mr Richardson had previously served as Group Head of Corporate Finance since 2011. Prior to joining Nostrum Mr Richardson worked in banking.

Arkadi Epifanov
Chief Commercial Officer

Arkadi Epifanov is Chief Commercial Officer, as of Friday 13 January 2017. Prior to this, he was appointed as marketing consultant of Zhaikmunai LLP in 2009. Mr Epifanov has over 20 years experience in senior management and directorial positions in the oil and gas industry, having held positions in Nafta, Transoil, Lukoil, Litasco and Baltic Oil Terminal. He has worked in the oil sector across diverse regions including Finland, Belgium, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the British Isles. Mr Epifanov holds qualifications in economics from Leipziger University.

Thomas Hartnett
Chief Legal Officer and company secretary

Thomas Hartnett was appointed as General Counsel of Nostrum Oil & Gas on 5 September 2008 and as Company Secretary on 3 October 2013. Mr. Hartnett was previously a partner in the international law firm White & Case LLP, where he focused on cross border corporate and mergers and acquisitions transactions. He worked in the firm’s New York, Istanbul, London, Brussels and Bangkok offices over a 16-year period. Mr. Hartnett also served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Intercontinental Hotels Group from 1996 to 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law and is a member of the New York Bar.

Heinz Wendel
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Heinz Wendel was appointed COO in November 2016. Prior this, he had held the position as General Director of Zhaikmunai LLP since August 2013. Mr. Wendel was Operations Director of Zhaikmunai LLP since January 1, 2012. He has over 30 years of exploration and production experience, primarily as an oil and gas engineer. Prior to joining Zhaikmunai LLP, Mr. Wendel served in various managerial and technical capacities with, among others, East German EEG (Erdöl-Erdgas Gormmern) and GDF SUEZ E&P Deutschland in Germany, Poland, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Sergey Khafizov
Chief Business Development Officer

Sergey Khafizov was appointed as Chief Business Development Officer of Nostrum Oil & Gas in September 2016. Mr. Khafizov had been Project Director and Head of Exploration Department since 2015. He has over 25 years of experience in geological exploration and production, leading large exploration projects, research and project teams. Prior to joining Nostrum Oil & Gas, Mr. Khafizov served in various managerial and technical positions at Gazprom Neft and TNK-BP. He is a graduate of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Doctor of Science, Geology Professor, Full Member (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).