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Management

Carlos A. Cabrera
Executive Chairman

Marlene Duff
Sr. VP Human Resources

Santiago Pastor Morris
Sr. VP Ivanhoe Energy, President & General Manager Ecuador

William E. Parry
Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Michael Silverman
Sr. VP Downtream Technology & Chief Technology Officer

Blair Vago
Acting VP Finance & Chief Financial Officer



 

 

 

 

 

Carlos A. Cabrera

Executive Chairman

Carlos A. Cabrera is the Executive Chairman of Ivanhoe Energy. Prior to his appointment, he served as the founding President and CEO of the National Institute of Low Carbon and Clean Energy (NICE) based in Beijing, China. 

Mr. Cabrera is a Distinguished Associate to the World Energy Consultancy Firm FACTS. He also serves on the Board of Directors of GEVO, a publicly traded biotechnology company, and the Gas Technology Institute, a U.S.-based leading research, development and training organization serving energy and environmental markets.

He is an advisor to the National Oil Company of Azerbaijan, SOCAR, an Executive Board member of Big West Oil, a privately-owned U.S. firm, and a member of the Global Advisory Board of the University of the Chicago Booth School of Business.

As a former 35-year employee with UOP-a leading international supplier to the petroleum refining, petrochemical and gas processing industries-Mr. Cabrera held posts as the President/CEO and then Chairman.

Granted nine patents by the U.S. Patent Office, he has authored numerous publications and served on several industry panels-including the Board of Directors of NPRA and the NPRA Petrochemical Committee-as a worldwide business and technical leader. He received an honorary membership to the Instrument Society of America, was inducted to the University of Kentucky Engineering Hall Of Distinction, awarded the 2007 Fuels and Petrochemicals Division Leadership Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, honored with the Honeywell Corporation 2008 Senior Leadership Award, and named to the Hispanic Business Magazine's Corporate Elite in 2009.

Mr. Cabrera earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

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Marlene Duff

Senior Vice President Human Resources

Marlene Duff is responsible for company-wide human resource strategy, staffing, compensation & benefits, organizational design, talent management and human resource administrative services for Ivanhoe Energy Inc.

Prior to joining Ivanhoe in 2008, Ms. Duff held human resource management positions in oilfield services, banking, chemicals and E&P’s in both domestic and international organizations. With over 30 years of experience, Ms. Duff has been responsible for people strategies that delivered on best practice cultures & work environments and large scale redesign of HR programs in performance management, resource planning, leadership development and business process improvement.

Ms. Duff holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Athabasca University, Alberta Canada and is a designated Certified Human Resource Professional.

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William E. Parry

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Bill Parry joined Ivanhoe Energy as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in April 2013 and is responsible for all legal activities for the company.

He brings a wealth of experience having managed the legal affairs of several chemical and energy companies in North America and internationally. Specifically, Mr. Parry has extensive commercial legal experience with acquisitions and divestitures, technology transfer, and managing patent programs, as well as experience leading a law department. He was Vice President and General Counsel at Nalco Chemical Company, Assistant General Counsel at UOP, and has business experience as Director of Business Development and Planning for UOP’s catalyst and adsorbent business and as President of Nalco Industrial Outsourcing. Bill also acted as a legal consultant for the National Institute for Clean and Low Carbon Energy in Beijing.

Mr. Parry received a chemical engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Duquesne University’s School of Law. He is licensed to practise law in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Santiago Pastor Morris

Senior Vice President Ivanhoe Energy, President & General Manager Ecuador

Mr. Santiago Pástor Morris has over 24 years of experience in upstream design, construction, and operations in the international oil and gas industry. His expertise has taken him beyond Latin America to the USA and Europe, working with companies like Petroecuador, Perenco, Petrobras, Texaco, Oryx Energy and Kerr-Maggie.

Mr. Pástor Morris graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in the National Polytechnic School of Ecuador. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Tecnológico of Monterrey, Mexico; a Master’s degree in Science in Project specialization with the Université de Management in Switzerland and a certificate in International Petroleum Management from the International Human Resources Development Corporation in Boston.

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Michael Silverman

Senior Vice President Downstream Technology & Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Mike Silverman joined Ivanhoe in 2007 from Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) and is responsible for all technical aspects of Ivanhoe Energy's proprietary heavy oil upgrading process (HTL). This includes interfacing with leading engineering firms in the design of commercial HTL installations, technology development and intellectual property management.

Dr. Silverman has almost 30 years of experience in technology development and management, including the commercialization and marketing of new technologies, and is a leading expert in the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) processes. His roles at KBR included Vice President of Petrochemicals, where he was responsible for all aspects of the petrochemicals technology portfolio, and Director of KBR's Technology Centre in Houston, a state-of-the-art facility hosting pilot plants that support all of KBR's refining and petrochemical technology development. Prior to joining KBR, Dr. Silverman was the Manager of Technology Development for Stone & Webster, Inc. where he managed all aspects of technology development in the refining business, including FCC's and several heavy oil upgrading technologies. Earlier experience included the management of fluid catalytic cracking for Tenneco Oil Company, and an assistant professorship in Chemistry at Rutgers University.

Dr. Silverman holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brown University.

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Blair Vago
Acting Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Blair Vago is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (California) with more than 30 years of experience in finance and accounting. He also has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, merger integration and doing business in Latin America. He has a strong technical understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Canadian GAAP.

Mr. Vago's fluency in English and Spanish, and his first-hand experience working with Ivanhoe Energy in Ecuador for the past four years will be very important assets as the company works to deliver its plan and build value for all of Ivanhoe's stakeholders.

Mr. Vago has a Masters of Professional Studies (concentration in accounting, finance and hotel management) from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and a Bachelor of Arts from State University of New York, Binghamton, NY.