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Sam Laidlaw

Executive Chairman

Neptune Energy

London, UK

Sam Laidlaw

Biography

As Chairman of Neptune Energy, Sam Laidlaw has significant international experience in the energy sector. Neptune Energy Group was launched in June 2015 with the ambitious goal of building a leading independent oil and gas platform with material scale and strong operating capabilities.

Formerly, Sam was CEO of Centrica - Britain’s largest energy provider, where he rebuilt the company to increase efficiency and competitiveness. Other previous roles include Executive Vice President of Chevron Corporation; Non-Executive Director of Hanson PLC; Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Oil plc; and President and Chief Operating Officer of Amerada Hess Corporation.

A qualified solicitor, with an INSEAD MBA in Business Administration, Sam holds a number of Non-Executive roles, including Non-Executive Director of HSBC Holdings and RioTinto. He is also the Chairman of the National Centre for Universities and Business, and Chairman of the UK Council for INSEAD. Sam was also previously a member of the UK Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group and a Senior Director of the UK Department of Transport.

Sam Laidlaw’s Newsfeed

Financial Times
Pandemic crisis offers glimpse into oil industry’s future

Sam Laidlaw, the former head of Centrica, who now runs private equity-backed producer Neptune Energy, was mentioned in the FT.

Oil and Gas Online
Neptune Energy Begins Fenja Drilling Campaign

Neptune Energy, founded by Sam Laidlaw, today announced the drilling campaign on the Fenja field is now underway, following the spud of the first well. 

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Sam Laidlaw’s Background

Executive Chairman
Jun 2015 - Present
London, UK
An independent oil & gas exploration and production company launched in June 2015. The Group seeks to identify large-scale investment opportunities in the North Sea, North Africa and SE Asia leveraging its strong relationship network and the current energy market dynamics. Neptune is backed by funds advised by two global alternative investment managers, The Carlyle Group and CVC Capital Partners.
CEO and Chairman of the Executive and Disclosure Committees
2006 - 2014
London, UK
Centrica is the parent company of British Gas in the UK and Direct Energy in North America, serving over 27 million customers in these core markets.
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Other Business Interests

Non-Executive Director
Feb 2017 - Present
London, UK
A global mining group, Rio Tinto focuses on finding, mining and processing the Earth's mineral resources.
Chairman
Jun 2015 - Present
London, UK
The National Centre for Universities and Business supports, develops and promotes world-class collaboration between universities and business across the UK.
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Sam Laidlaw’s Education

Doctor of Business Administration
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