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.

Ryan Wong was appointed acting Chief Financial Officer in 2014. He joined TAQA as Group Vice-President and Treasurer in 2008 overseeing the company’s corporate finance, cash and risk management and corporate insurance programme. He has 35 years of experience in the energy industry including previous senior financial positions as the Corporate Treasurer of PrimeWest Energy and the Manager of Corporate Planning with Anderson Exploration Ltd. and Devon Canada. Mr. Wong is a Canadian national. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has an MBA degree from the University of Calgary.

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.

Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri joined TAQA in 2014 as Executive Vice President Human Resources and General Services. Mr. Al Dhaheri has more than 12 years of experience from the human resource industry in Abu Dhabi. He joins TAQA from government-owned Abu Dhabi Media Company where he led the human resources, procurement and administration functions. Mr. Al Dhaheri has also served on the Board of Directors of United Printing & Publishing and previously held human resources leadership positions at Etihad Rail and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company - SEHA.