— Octávio Simões
Senior VP—Sempra International
Octávio Simões is senior vice president of Sempra International and president of Sempra LNG, where he directs all LNG operations. Most recently, Simões was the vice president of commercial/development for Sempra LNG, where he was responsible for all the commercial activities related to Sempra LNG.
Prior to joining Sempra LNG, Simões held various positions with Sempra Generation, including vice president of asset management and vice president of planning & analysis. Simões was responsible for economic analysis, transmission support and market rules/structure for the generation portfolio. He also served as project director for the 600 MW Termoeléctrica de Mexicali power project located in Mexicali, Mexico, which began commercial operation in June 2003.
Simões has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, serving as a project manager, project developer, consultant, and asset manager in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
— Michael Sliwowski
Vice President—Business Origination
Michael Sliwowski, vice president of business origination, is responsible for developing and maintaining global business relationships necessary for Sempra LNG’s market growth and managing the development of additional LNG facilities.
Previously, Sliwowski was vice president of business development for Sempra Energy Trading. He was also responsible for setting up Sempra Energy Europe and developing the LNG trading business.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Sliwowski held several senior positions in the commodity and capital market divisions of Deutsche Bank, Union Bank of Switzerland and Merrill Lynch.
— Scott Chrisman
Vice President—Commercial Development
Scott Chrisman, vice president of commercial development, is responsible for worldwide commercial and development activities related to Sempra LNG, including marketing capacity of LNG receipt terminals, developing liquefaction projects, buying and selling LNG cargoes, LNG ship charters, marketing natural gas associated with our facilities and establishing and maintaining business relationships.
Prior to his current role, Chrisman served in positions of increasing responsibility at Sempra LNG, including vice president of finance, director of commercial development, and director of economic analysis.
Prior to joining Sempra in 2003, Chrisman was in investment banking at Simmons & Company where he led over $3 billion of M&A transactions in the midstream gas sector. Additionally, Chrisman held various management positions at Exxon Chemicals in research, operations, project management, and business planning. Throughout his 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Chrisman has served in various development, operations, finance, and project roles in the United States, Europe and Asia.
— Farid Bogani
Vice President—Engineering & Construction
Farid Bogani is vice president of Engineering & Construction for Sempra LNG. He is responsible for the engineering and construction efforts in support of the development and execution of the Cameron LNG liquefaction project.
Bogani has more than 30 years of global experience in LNG project development, project management, liquefaction projects, plant management, operations, commissioning, start-up, plant design and technology, joint venture set-up and new business development in offshore and onshore integrated projects.
He has significant hands-on plant and site specific expertise having been involved in 4 mega (US $10 billion+) world class LNG facilities in the Far East, Australia and Africa. These included senior leadership assignments with Woodside Energy Ltd. for Pluto LNG in Australia, Shell Gas and Power / Shell Global Solutions for Persian LNG in Dubai and Netherlands, as well as engineering and operations leadership roles for Nigeria LNG in Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Bogani began his career in various engineering and managerial assignments with Woodside Energy Ltd. in Australia, Brunei LNG Ltd. at Lumut, Brunei, and Shell International Petroleum Maatschappij in The Hague, Netherlands. Bogani holds a bachelor’s degree with Class 1 Honors in chemical engineering from the University of Leeds, England.
— David Cobb
David Cobb, vice president of operations, is responsible for developing and operating LNG receiving facilities, and oversees 175 professional and management employees. He has direct responsibility for all aspects of the operating business, regulatory compliance, maintenance, employee health and safety, and environmental compliance. In addition, Cobb is environmental compliance officer for Sempra LNG.
Previously, Cobb served as general manager of LNG operations for Sempra Energy International, where he carried out the development, permitting and technical design for the Cameron LNG and Energía Costa Azul facilities.
Prior to joining Sempra in 2003, Cobb held positions of increasing responsibility with CMS Energy’s Panhandle Companies for over 22 years. As general manager for LNG business development, Cobb created new LNG business opportunities and directed development activities including a proposed LNG receiving facility in Chennai, India. Before that, Cobb served as plant manager of Panhandle Companies’ Trunkline LNG receiving terminal in Lake Charles, LA. and of a gas processing and separation facility in Iowa, LA.
During his career, Cobb has provided consulting services related to design, start-up and problem resolution for LNG receiving terminal operators and designers in Europe, Asia and North America. Cobb holds a master's degree in business administration from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
— Amy Chiu
Vice President—Asset Management
Amy Chiu, vice president of asset management, is responsible for management and optimization of all current Sempra LNG contracts and asset positions, the Cameron LNG joint-venture transition and overall Profit & Loss functions.
Before joining Sempra LNG, Chiu held the role of vice president of Business Process Improvement and Enterprise Risk Management for the Sempra Energy utilities San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), where she was responsible for capital & business optimization and risk management & strategic analysis. Prior to that, she was vice president of Information Technology for SDG&E and SoCalGas where she was responsible for information technologies, vision and operational oversight including computing infrastructure, client services, applications, information security and information management for both utilities and the Sempra Energy Corporate Center.
Chiu also served as vice president of Risk Analysis and Management for Sempra Energy and prior to that was vice president of Audit Services, where she was responsible for Sempra Energy’s internal audit function. She held positions of increasing responsibility including director of business planning in the mergers and acquisitions group, manager of executive projects and manager of economic analysis. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, she held senior-level financial and actuarial analyst positions for Intelsat and Watson Wyatt Worldwide.
Chiu holds a master’s degree in business administration from American University in Washington D.C., a doctorate in mathematics from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mills College in Oakland, Calif.