A world of experience
Chief Executive Officer
Farhad Ahrabi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cameron LNG, LLC – a joint venture owned by Sempra Energy, Total, Mitsui & Co., Ltd, and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a joint venture formed by subsidiaries of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Mitsubishi Corporation.
Prior to Cameron LNG, Farhad held numerous senior positions in BG Group during his 29-year career in the company. Since November 2019, Farhad has also joined ARC Resources, a Canadian upstream oil and gas company as an independent Director, and together with other Directors, is responsible for stewardship of the company. Cameron LNG is a $10 billion dollar enterprise, exporting LNG to international markets with an annual revenue of over $1.6 billion dollars. Construction of the three-Train LNG facility was completed in August 2020.
During his tenure since Q3 2014 with Cameron LNG, at the time a startup company, Farhad has orchestrated the creation of a robust enterprise with an inclusive culture, that is focused on delivery of the business in a responsible manner, placing safety above all else. Farhad has a 35 plus year recognized and demonstrable track record of excellence in challenging upstream and mid-stream business ventures in the oil and gas industry in many international locations such as Tunisia, Trinidad & Tobago, Egypt, Brazil, Canada and United Kingdom.
He is a genuine people’s leader with a passion for developing individuals and teams. Farhad holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering in the field of Enhanced Oil Recovery from Exeter University and a First Class Honors degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Wales in United Kingdom. He is a Chartered (Professional) Engineer and a member of Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Carla Mashinski is Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) of Cameron LNG, LLC. Carla is responsible for all financial, information technology, corporate communications, and human resources management of Cameron LNG. Her expertise includes building global operational infrastructures and executive-level responsibility for corporate financial and information management activities, including budgeting and forecasting, treasury, financial reporting, and tax management.
Carla has more than 35 years of experience working for a number of diverse energy companies, including Shell Oil Company, Duke Energy, GulfMark Offshore and SASOL. Prior to joining Cameron LNG, she served as the Chief Financial Officer and VP of Finance and Information Management of the North American operations of SASOL, an international integrated energy company.
Carla is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and a Certified Project Management professional. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. Carla also serves on the Board of Directors of Primoris Services Corporation. She was recognized by WomenInc. as one of the 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors; received the 2020 Breakthrough Award from Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and 2020 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas.
Chief Operating Officer
Dan Callens is the Chief Operating Officer for Cameron LNG, LLC.
Dan oversees all activities relating to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants as well as the LNG tanker export/import terminal operations. Since joining Cameron LNG in 2015, he has led the staffing, training and competency, policy, procedure and system development of the HSSE (Health, Safety, Security & Environmental), Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Supply Chain and Public Relations organizations. This includes development of the Operating Budget, Corporate Management System, Risk Register, Business Continuity Plan, Emergency Response Plan, Long-term Service Agreements and other site specific operating plans to achieve safe and reliable long-term operation.
Dan has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in a variety of engineering, corporate planning, field and plant operations, maintenance, environmental, startup and commissioning assignments in senior leadership and executive level capacities. He brings extensive global experience in a wide range of locations and mix of hydrocarbon production that includes the Caspian Region of Kazakhstan (Arctic sour oil & gas), Papua New Guinea (LNG – sweet gas), Qatar (LNG – sour gas), Sakhalin Island (Arctic oil & gas), Prudhoe Bay Alaska North Slope, California heavy oil (steam flood operation), West Texas CO2 tertiary recovery and offshore Gulf of Mexico.
Dan is originally from South Louisiana and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, as well as, an MBA from Tulane University.
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Corporate Compliance Officer
Blair Woodward is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Corporate Compliance Officer for Cameron LNG, LLC. In this role, Blair is responsible for all legal matters and corporate governance, and for coordinating and overseeing Cameron LNG’s regulatory compliance.
Blair has over 19 years of experience as a lawyer, including over eight years with BG Group focusing on LNG project work, domestic and international energy marketing, and shale gas transactions. While at BG, he was also responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs in Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Prior to joining BG, Blair served as an associate at Andrews Kurth LLP focusing on commercial litigation in federal and state court with an emphasis on representation of clients in the oil and gas industry.
Blair holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his law degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Houston Law Center.
Vice President, Commercial
Guy Braden is Vice President, Commercial, of Cameron LNG, LLC. Guy is responsible for the commercial operations of Cameron LNG, including administration of the Liquefaction, Tolling and Regasification agreements, cargo and feed gas scheduling and all related commercial matters.
Guy has over 26 years of experience in the natural gas, power and chemicals industries. Prior to joining Cameron LNG in 2016, Guy spent 14 years with ENGIE where he led ENGIE North America’s LNG commercial operations and business development functions and also played a key role leading the startup and growth of ENGIE’s commercial and industrial power business as head of supply, operations and risk management functions. Before his tenure at ENGIE, Guy served in a variety of commercial and analytical roles at Dynegy and Exxon Chemical. He began his career as a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy.
Guy holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy.