NANA Australia Pty Ltd Appoints Rod Gonzales as Chief Executive Officer

89261382470815rodgonzalesweb102013.jpgThe Board of Directors of NANA Australia Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Rod Gonzales as Chief Executive Officer of the company.  Gonzales has more than 15 years of experience in the oil, gas and chemicals industries in progressively responsible project management and operations roles.

“I am excited to join NANA, one of the world’s leaders in providing economic opportunities to its aboriginal owners,” said Gonzales.

Before joining NANA Australia, Gonzales served as Chief Operating Officer of VDM, a leading engineering and construction group serving the mining and resources, transport and civil infrastructure, and urban development sectors.

He was a commercial director of Worley Parsons on assignments in Western Australia and Canada, where he was responsible for managing the commercial and legal functions of the business, as well as development and implementation of new commercial business models on new contracts and business ventures. Gonzales was also Director of Oil Sands Business Strategy and Development for Petro Canada.

Gonzales holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Genetics from the University of Alberta, and has received a number of industry and academic awards. He was named to the “Top 40 Under 40” list for Calgary in 2008.

“The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Rod’s strong relationships with resource industry and aboriginal leaders, and significant business experience, make him the right leader for NANA Australia at this time of enormous opportunity,” said board member Neil Wilmett.

NANA Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NANA Development Corporation, a $1.8 billion worldwide enterprise. NANA Development Corporation is the business arm of NANA Regional Corporation, an Alaska Native corporation 100% owned by the indigenous Iñupiaq people of northwest Alaska.  

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