A world of experience
Whit Fairbanks is President of Cameron LNG, LLC. Whit is responsible for leading Cameron LNG’s strategy, operations and resources to achieve its vision of providing safe, efficient and cost-effective natural gas liquefaction services for its partners, their customers and the communities that depend on energy reliability and security.
Whit has over 20 years of experience in oil and gas operations and finance. Prior to joining Cameron LNG in 2022, Whit spent over a decade at Hunt Oil Company where he held leadership roles in both operations and finance including leading the operating companies of two Hunt joint ventures, Peru LNG and Hunt Marcellus, and serving as Vice President of Strategy and Planning. Prior to joining Hunt, Whit began his career in the energy sector as an investment banker at Bear Stearns.
Whit holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Utah.
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. In 2021, Carla became NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Directorship Certified™. The NACD Directorship Certification® program equips directors with the foundation of knowledge sought by boards to effectively contribute in the boardroom. She also authored the book Five Attributes to a Successful Career.
Senior Vice President, Administration and General Counsel
Blair Woodward is Senior Vice President, Administration and General Counsel for Cameron LNG, LLC. In this role, Blair is focused on delivery of the business in a responsible manner and placing safety above all, managing all legal matters and corporate governance, and coordinating and overseeing Cameron LNG’s regulatory compliance.
Blair has served on the Executive Management Team of Cameron LNG since joining the company in Q4 2014. He has over 20 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.
Senior Vice President, Commercial
Guy Braden is Senior 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.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Johnny Verplancken is Senior Vice President of Operations for Cameron LNG, LLC.
Johnny oversees all activities relating to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant as well as the LNG tanker export/import terminal operations. He joined Cameron LNG in January 2022, and leads the staffing, training and competency, policy, HSSE (Health, Safety, Security & Environmental), Operations, Maintenance, Engineering and Public Relations organizations. This includes development of the Operating Budget, Corporate Management System, Risk Register, Business Continuity Plan, Emergency Response Plans, Long-term Service Agreements and other site specific operating plans to achieve safe and reliable long-term operation.
Johnny Verplancken has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in a variety of engineering, field and plant operations, maintenance, safety & 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 Yamal region in Russia (Arctic LNG), several African regions (Nigeria, Angola, Republic of Congo – oil and gas, LPG and deep offshore), Bongkot in Thailand (sour gas) and the middle east (Abu Dhabi – Oil & Gas).
Johnny holds an Engineering degree from Edinburgh University in the United Kingdom.