Executive Management

Edward LaFehr was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in February 2014, taking over the responsibilities of Mr Carl Sheldon. Mr LaFehr joined TAQA in 2012 as President of the company’s North American business, its largest subsidiary. Prior to joining TAQA, Mr LaFehr was Senior Vice President at Talisman Energy Inc, with responsibility for its Canadian business. Over a 32-year career in the energy industry, Mr LaFehr has also worked in the UK, Egypt and Trinidad & Tobago. He holds a Master of Science in Geophysics from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a United States national.

Stephen Kersley joined TAQA as Chief Financial Officer in May 2011. This followed 23 years in corporate finance, strategic planning and management with Royal Dutch Shell based in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, China, Syria and Indonesia. Most recently, he worked as Vice President of Finance for Shell’s Global Lubricants business in the United Kingdom. Mr Kersley holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom and is a Chartered Accountant. Mr Kersley is a United Kingdom national.

Michael T. McGuinty, 51, joined TAQA in Abu Dhabi as General Counsel & Company Secretary in January 2014. Mr McGuinty previously worked for Schlumberger for 18 years where he held a series of senior legal positions in the Middle East, Europe and North America including Director of Legal Operations; Deputy General Counsel, Corporate and M&A; and, most recently, Director of Compliance. Prior to Schlumberger Mr. McGuinty practiced corporate and commercial law in Canada and France. He has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from McGill University in Canada, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa. Mr McGuinty is fluent in French and Spanish. A Canadian and Spanish national, Mr McGuinty is married and has two children.

Frank Perez joined TAQA in July 2009. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the power and utility sector. Before joining TAQA, he was General Manager of PSEG Americas Latin America Electric and Gas Utilities portfolio, Chief Political and Regulatory Officer for PSEG, Chief Executive Officer and President of a subsidiary of DPL Inc (the parent company of Dayton Power & Light) and Corporate Officer of DPL Inc. Mr Perez has also worked for ABB’s power business. He is a founding partner of a global energy investment advisory firm and was previously a Board member of several international electric and gas utility and power companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University in the United States. Mr Perez is a United States national.

Saif Al Sayari joined TAQA in 2010 as Vice President Operations Technology and Innovations for TAQA’s Oil & Gas business stream. He has more than 12 years’ experience in the energy business, having previously worked at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), where he held a variety of technical and managerial positions. Dr Al Sayari holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London and is a United Arab Emirates national.