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Chris McMahon

Executive Vice President - Technical
Chris McMahon

Chris is responsible for the company’s technical evaluations, asset planning and development and reservoir management. He has more than 36 years of experience in the business as a petroleum engineer and manager. His experience covers basins in North and South America, as well as in Europe and Asia.  He is known for his attention to detail and work ethic.

Prior to joining Sabinal, Chris was employed by Devon Energy serving in various management and engineering roles. He was Vice President - Acquisitions and Divestitures, and led the effort in the acquisition of Devon’s Eagle Ford shale position from Geo Southern in 2013 for $6B. He was also instrumental as Engineering Manager of New Ventures, leading the technical team which built the key concepts and data room used in the Devon-Sinopec Joint Venture, valued at $2.5B. Chris started his career as an engineer with Occidental Petroleum (Cities Service) in 1982 working the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast; he has also worked in various basins in the L48, as well as in Canada, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Yemen, Russia, Venezuela and Trinidad. Notable assignments included - country manager of Samson Russia, Samson’s Perchoraneftegas Joint Venture based in Moscow, and country manager of Vintage Petroleum’s Bolivian operation based in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and General Manager of Vintage Petroleum’s International Operations.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa.

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