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Board of directors

  • Gerald E. O’Shaughnessy, Executive Chairman
    Gerald E. O’Shaughnessy

    Mr. O’Shaughnessy graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in government and law, and thereafter practiced law until joining Lario Oil and Gas (his family company and one of the oldest independent oil and gas companies in the USA) as Senior Vice President. From 1986 until the present, Mr. O’Shaughnessy has focused on private venture capital investment activities, including international oil and gas exploration and development through the Globe Resources Group. In 1992, Mr. O’Shaughnessy acquired a geophysical service company which co-founded the first energy sector joint venture in Russia during perestroika and from 1992 to 1995 he initiated and managed the largest well servicing and rehabilitation project in Western Siberia, involving sophisticated logistical operations and the rehabilitation of 700 wells (increasing production from 0 to 100,000 bpd). Mr. O’Shaughnessy’s participation in this project made him the first western partner of OAO Lukoil, and he subsequently entered into other partnerships with OAO Lukoil including building and managing one of the world’s largest oilfield pump repair facilities. Mr. O’Shaughnessy co-founded GeoPark in 2002.

  • James F. Park, CEO
    James F. Park

    James Park has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors since co-founding the Company in 2002. James has over 40 years of experience in all phases of the upstream oil and gas business, with a strong background in the acquisition, implementation and management of international projects and teams in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

    James received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley and previously worked as a research scientist in earthquake and tectonic studies at the University of Texas. In 1978, James helped pioneer the development of commercial oil and gas production in Central America with Basic Resources, an oil and gas exploration company in Guatemala. He remained a member of the Board of Directors until the company was successfully sold in 1997. Mr. Park is also a member of the Board of Directors of Energy Holdings and is a member of the AAPG and SPE. James has lived in Latin America since 2002.

  • Juan Cristobal Pavéz, Non-executive Director
    Juan Cristobal Pavéz

    Mr. Pavez graduated from the Universidad Católica de Chile (Catholic University of Chile) in 1992 with a degree in Commercial Engineering, and immediately joined Grupo CB (CB Group) as a research analyst. Thereafter, he obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was then portfolio analyst at Moneda Asset Management until 1998, when he joined Santana, an investment company, as CEO. At Santana he focused mainly on investments in capital markets and real estate. While at Santana, he was appointed CEO of Laboratorios Andrómaco (Andrómaco Laboratories), one of Santana’s principal assets. In 1999, Mr. Pavez co-founded Eventures, an internet company with subsidiaries in Argentina and Brazil. Since 2001 he has been CEO at Centinela, a company with diversified global investments, with a special focus in the energy industry, through the development of wind parks and run-of-the-river hydropower plants.  Mr. Pavez is also a board member of Grupo Security, Vida Security, Quintec, Trayenko and Norvind. Mr. Pavez became a Non-Executive Director of  GeoPark in August 2008. 

  • Carlos A. Gulisano, Non-executive Director
    Carlos A. Gulisano

    Dr. Gulisano is a respected leader in the fields of petroleum geology and geophysics in Latin America and has over 30 years of successful exploration, development and management experience in the oil and gas industry. Dr. Gulisano has worked with YPF, Petrolera Argentina San Jorge, Chevron and GeoPark and has been a leader on teams credited with significant oil and gas discoveries (including the giant Trapial Field in Argentina). He has worked in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, and USA. Dr. Gulisano holds a B.Sc in Geology, a postgraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering and a PhD in Geology from the University of Buenos Aires and has authored and co-authored over 40 technical papers. He is a former adjunct professor at the Universidad del Sur, a former thesis director at the University of La Plata, and a former scholarship director at CONICET (the national technology research council) in Argentina.  Dr. Gulisano has been a key element of GeoPark’s growth as an adviser since 2002 and as the Managing Director from February 2008 until June 2010. 

  • Robert Bedingfield, Non-executive Director
    Robert Bedingfield

    Mr. Bedingfield is a qualified SEC financial expert and has assumed the role of Chairman of GeoPark’s Audit Committee. Until his retirement in June 2013, Mr. Bedingfield was one of Ernst & Young’s most senior Global Lead Partners with more than 40 years of experience, including 32 years as a partner in Ernst & Young's accounting and auditing practices, as well as serving on Ernst & Young’s Senior Governing Board. He has extensive experience serving Fortune 500 companies; including acting as Lead Audit Partner or Senior Advisory Partner for Lockheed Martin, AES, Gannett, General Dynamics, Booz Allen Hamilton, Marriott and the US Postal Service. Since 2000, Mr. Bedingfield has been a Trustee, an Executive Committee Member, and the Audit Committee Chair of the University of Maryland at College Park Board of Trustees. Mr. Bedingfield served on the National Executive Board (1995 to 2003) and National Advisory Council (since 2003) of the Boy Scouts of America. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Since 2013, Mr. Bedingfield has also served as Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of NYSE-listed Science Applications International Corp (SAIC).

  • PEDRO E. AYLWIN, Legal Director

    Pedro Aylwin has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2013 and as our Director of Legal and Governance since April 2011. From 2003 to 2006, Pedro worked for us as an advisor on governance and legal matters. Mr. Aylwin holds a degree in law from the Universidad de Chile and an LLM from the University of Notre Dame. Pedro has extensive experience in the natural resources sector. He is also a partner at the law firm Aylwin, Mendoza, Luksic, Valencia Abogados in Santiago, Chile, where he represented mining, chemical and oil and gas companies in numerous transactions. From 2006 until 2011, he served as Lead Manager and General Counsel at BHP Billiton, Base Metals, where he was in charge of legal and corporate governance matters on BHP Billiton’s projects, operations and natural resource assets in South America, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

  • JAMIE B. COULTER, Non-executive Director

    Mr. Coulter is a well-respected businessman, known for spearheading the growth of a variety of businesses in diverse sectors. Mr. Coulter has both operating and investment experience in the oil and gas business, including the founding of Sunburst Exploration, a US upstream oil and gas company. Mr. Coulter currently serves as CEO of Coulter Enterprises Inc., a private investment firm; Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation; Director of Jimmy Johns, LLC; Director of Realm Cellars; Director of Cirq Estates, LLC; Director of KB Wines, LLC; Member of the Board of Trustee for HCA Wesley Medical Center and Member of the Texas Heart Institute Foundation Board. Mr. Coulter has previously served as CEO of the Board of Directors of the Young Presidents’ Organization; Director of Empower America; CEO of the Venice International University of Leadership; CEO of the Board of the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders’ Association; CEO of the Board of Trustees of Friends University; Member of the Board of Advisors of The Wichita State University Center for Entrepreneurship; Member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Kansas School of Business; Director of Intrust Bank, N.A. and ceo of the Board of Fox & Hound Restaurant Group.

     Mr. Coulter has been an investor in and strong supporter of GeoPark since 2006 and become a Non- Executive Director of GeoPark in May 2017


    Mr. Papadimitriou has been a member of our board of directors since May 2018. Mr. Papadimitriou holds an Economics and Finance degree from Geneva University and post graduate Diploma in European Studies also from Geneva University. Mr. Papadimitriou is a respected and successful international investor and businessman, with more than 30 years of investment experience in global capital markets and in resource and industrial projects. Mr. Papadimitriou was one of the original “friends and family” investors in GeoPark in its early days in 2004. Mr. Papadimitriou is currently CEO of General Oriental Investments S.A., the Investment Manager of the Cavenham Group of Funds. Previously he was CEO of Cavamont Geneva. During his tenure at the Cavamont group, Mr. Papadimitriou was responsible for Treasury Management, the Private Equity Portfolio as well as representing the group on the Boards of associated companies including investments in the oil and gas, mining, real estate and gaming sectors (including Basic Petroleum, a Nasdaq-listed Guatemalan oil and gas company). Mr. Papadimitriou is also founding partner of Diorasis International, a company focusing on investments in Greece and the broader Balkans and he also chairs the Greek language school of Geneva and Lausanne.