Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited

Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors plays an active role in developing our corporate strategy and ensures that management has the necessary tools to successfully execute it. Our first and foremost duty is to our shareholders and to act in their best interests in all that we do. Currently our Board has 6 directors, 4of whom are independent. All are experienced directors who possess breadth and depth in the corporate world, and who currently hold or have held senior management positions for diverse, global companies.

Harald Ludwig
Independent Director

Since 1985 Mr. Ludwig has served as President of Macluan Capital Corporation, a diversified private equity and investment firm.  He served on the boards of various private and public companies, including Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, West Fraser Timber Company, one of North America’s largest forest products companies, and Seaspan Corporation, a NYSE listed company.  He is a founding partner or private equity investor in a number of North American and international private equity firms, hedge funds, mezzanine lenders, growth capital providers, distressed investment firms and real estate investment vehicles.  He also serves as an adviser to Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC, a private investment firm.

Massimo Carello
Independent Director

Dr. Carello has over 30 years of international senior management and director level experience, including serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fiat UK from 1990 to 2001. He is currently a Director of Orsu Metals Corporation and Canaccord Capital Inc. He currently lives in London, England, and is a Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Francis I of the Two Sicilies.

Viscount William Astor
Independent Director

Viscount Astor is a British businessman and politician who has sat as an elected hereditary peer in the House of Lords since 1972.  After working for Citibank in New York, he joined the Westminster Press in 1973 and worked in Yorkshire for the Bardford Telegraph and Argus newspaper.  He then started a number of venture capital companies and in 1984 founded Cliveden Hotels Ltd, which was subsequently floated on the LSE in 1997. He is currently a director at Networkers plc and SocialGo plc, both of which trade on the AIM in London.  He also serves as a director for several private companies in the United Kingdom.

John Cowan
Independent Director

Mr. Cowan, a petroleum geologist, was been involved in the Canadian oil and gas industry for 38 years. In this period he has founded two Canadian junior exploration and production companies. Currently Mr. Cowan is a director of Dundee Energy Ltd, a TSX listed Canadian oil and gas company, and a founding shareholder of Xtivity Inc. a closely held Web Architected, Maintenance Inventory Optimization firm with a Fortune 100 client base.

Arthur Millholland
President and CEO

Mr. Millholland has been President and CEO of Canadian Overseas Petroleum since August 2009, and has been a professional geologist for 30 years. He has worked in a variety of regions including the UK North Sea, Canada, the Gulf of Mexico, the United States, South America, and West and North Africa. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers Geologists and Geophysicists, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.


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