John C.G. O'Leary, 57, has served as one of our directors since 2008 and as a director of Vantage Energy since its inception. Qualifications and Experience. Mr. O'Leary has over 32 years of industry experience. Mr. O'Leary is the CEO of Strand Energy, an independent consultancy firm with its head office in Dubai, UAE, providing advisory and brokerage services to clients in the upstream energy industry. Prior to forming Strand Energy, and from 2004 to 2006, Mr. O'Leary was a partner of Pareto Offshore ASA, a consultancy firm based in Oslo, Norway, providing consulting and brokerage services to customers in the upstream energy industry. Prior to commencing his work with Pareto Offshore in November 2004, Mr. O'Leary was President of Pride. He joined Pride in 1997 as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. In addition to his experience in the oil and gas industry, which provides a view on the Board of Directors that encompasses the broader industry, Mr. O'Leary is experienced in finance and accounting matters and has extensive experience with financial statements. Education. Mr. O'Leary received an Honors B.E. in civil engineering from University College, Cork, Ireland in 1977. He holds two post-graduate degrees, one in Finance from Trinity College, Dublin and one in Petroleum Engineering from the French Petroleum Institute in Paris. Directorships for the past five years: Technip (2008 to present) and Huisman-Itrec (2006 to present).