Santos has named former Woodside senior executive Anthea McKinnell as its new chief financial officer (CFO) with its merger with Oil Search comes now a done deal.
Santos said McKinnell will take on her new role from January 1, replacing Anthony Neilson who is staying on as Chief Commercial Officer and playing a key role overseeing the transition of the Oil Search business.
McKinnell has been Santos’ deputy CFO since 2019 and previously spent 13 years at Woodside where she held several senior executive roles, including SVP Finance and Treasury, VP Global Operations Planning and Performance, and Acting CFO.
Santos and Oil Search have merged in a US$16 billion deal that is expected to create a top 20 ASX-listed company
The combined new company will be led by Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gallagher. Three non-executive directors from Oil Search will join the board and Santos’ head office will remain in Adelaide.
Gallagher said of McKInnell’s new role: “I am pleased to announce Anthea as an internal successor in the role of CFO at this pivotal moment for Santos as we finalise a merger that expands our business regionally. I also acknowledge the outstanding contribution Anthony Neilson has made to Santos as CFO over the past five years, playing a significant role in the company’s turnaround, subsequent growth and acquisitions.”