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Sam Laidlaw

Neptune Energy

London, UK

Executive Chairman

Neptune Energy

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

21 Aug 2017
Sky News
Maersk sells North Sea assets to French energy giant Total

Other recent deals have seen Shell offload its North Sea business to Chrysaor, a private equity backed company, while May saw Engie, the French utlity giant that used to be called Gaz de France, sell its exploration and production assets - most of which are in the North Sea - to Neptune, which is led by Sam Laidlaw, the former Centrica chief executive.

29 Jul 2017
BP to shed further North Sea assets in its battle to drive down costs

Sam Laidlaw, the former boss of Centrica, is understood to be on the hunt for a second major deal after his new venture, Neptune Oil and Gas, bought up a £3bn package of North Sea fields from the rebranded GDF Suez venture, Engie.  Sources say Neptune and its backers, the Carlyle Group and CVC Capital Partners, may look to BP for a final deal before pursuing a listing on the London market. But reports that BP will make a full exit from the North Sea have been “wildly overplayed”, the sources added.

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Sam Laidlaw’s Background

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Neptune Energy
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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