Golar LNG changes CEO
Golar LNG Limited has today announced that Doug Arnell has decided to step down as CEO of Golar on February 1, 2015. Mr. Arnell's decision is driven by a personal wish to return with his family to his home country of Canada, the company said in its press release.
Mr. Arnell will be succeeded by Gary Smith, who is well known to Golar and who brings with him a track record of leadership and operational management success in the mid-stream oil and gas, shipping and LNG businesses. Mr. Smith's career spans 35 years, including 25 years with Shell and Caltex Australia (a Chevron affiliate) in roles including General Manager LNG Shipping for Shell (STASCO) and General Manager Refining, Supply and Distribution for Caltex Australia. In the period between March 2006 and September 2009 he was CEO of the then smaller Golar LNG Ltd, a position he relinquished to return to his native Australia for family reasons. Since May 2014 Mr. Smith has worked as a consultant for Golar with special emphasis on increasing the utilisation of the shipping fleet. The relationship between Golar and Mr. Smith is one that is well established and the Board is delighted to welcome Gary back into this leadership role.
Mr. Arnell will continue to work closely with the Company on an advisory basis, devoting his time to ensuring the successful execution of GoFLNG opportunities in Cameroon, Canada and other key locations. Mr. Arnell will also be appointed to the Board of Golar's Nasdaq listed affiliate Golar LNG Partners LP.
During Mr. Arnell's tenure with the Company, Golar's market capitalisation has increased by a factor of close to 4. Golar is now positioned as a leader in LNG shipping, with one of the industry's most modern and efficient fleets, and, through its innovation, has become the market leader in LNG floating storage and regasification. Golar is now building on this success by extending its strategy into floating liquefaction (GoFLNG) with the aim of becoming the industry's leading integrated midstream LNG services provider, supporting gas resource owners, upstream developers and LNG customers.