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Board of Directors

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Luis E. Giusti

Luis Giusti was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in September 2021. An oil and finance professional with more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and business development, he is currently senior advisor to independent oil and gas companies focused on production assets in Latin America. Prior to that, he held executive positions for oil and financial corporations in the United States and abroad, including Exploration and Production Director of Orion Energy, partner in Energy Advisors Group, and founder and managing director of Optima Oil Corp. Additionally, he served as director of the Corporación Venezolana del Petróleo (CVP), the entity in charge of safeguarding Venezuela’s foreign assets and PDVSA's hydrocarbon exploitation joint ventures abroad. Mr. Giusti began his career in 1995 with the Venezuelan state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) where he specialized in surface facilities design, oil field infrastructure project management, and drilling services.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Universidad del Zulia and has a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Carlos E. Jordá

Carlos Jordá was appointed to the CITGO Petroleum Corporation Board in October 2021, after serving as a Director from July 2020 - June 2021. Additionally, he currently serves as a Director for CITGO Holding, Inc. and remains the Chief Executive Officer & President of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a role he has held since 2019.

Mr. Jordá has 51 years of experience in the international oil and gas industry. Prior to CITGO he served as a Director at Delek US Holdings, Inc., a refining and marketing firm, and as a Consultant in Gaffney, Cline & Associates, where he advised oil companies in both upstream and downstream operations in the United States and abroad. He started his professional career in the 1970s in Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) where he held several top executive positions in refining, corporate planning, finance and upstream, including Vice President of Refining, Vice President of PDVSA, and President of PDV America. He also served as Chairman of the CITGO Board of Directors from 1999 – 2002.

Mr. Jordá holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Michigan Technological University and Universidad Central de Venezuela.

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Marcelo Laprea-Bigott

Marcelo Laprea-Bigott is a petroleum engineering professor and author with more than 35 years of experience in academic positions at Texas A&M University, Universidad de Oriente (Puerto La Cruz-Venezuela), and the Texas Oil & Gas Institute. Laprea-Bigott provided technical consulting to national and private oil companies in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Malaysia, Russia, and the United Kingdom and received the Schlumberger Advisor award in 2014 in recognition of his technical contributions and leadership for the company and the industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch was appointed to the CITGO Petroleum Corporation Board in October 2021. He is also the Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs for CITGO Petroleum Corporation.

Mr. Lynch has more than 41 years of legal experience, including 18 years in the oil and gas industry, where he held leadership positions at the domestic and international level. Before joining CITGO, he was active in private practice and, prior to that, he was with British Petroleum (BP) from 1998 until 2016 serving in various roles, including Senior Vice President and U.S. General Counsel, Global Compliance and Ethics Officer, Global Corporate Counsel and Deputy Group General Counsel. Prior to BP, he was with Caliber System Inc. and Squirre, Sanders, & Dempsey.

Mr. Lynch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College and a juris doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Andres Eloy Padilla

Andres Eloy Padilla 

Andrés Eloy Padilla joined the CITGO Petroleum Corporation Board in February 2019 and has simultaneously served as a PDV Holding Inc. Board member. Mr. Padilla is a financial and business professional with multi-industry experience that includes telecommunications, construction, business services, information technology, retail, and automobile industries. Before his current position, Mr. Padilla held senior executive positions in companies in the United States and Venezuela. He worked at Ford Motor de Venezuela S.A, Brightpoint de Venezuela C.A., Engineering and Manufacturing Systems, C.A., and Inversiones Pavil C.A. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Florida International University.

Jose Ramón Pocaterra

Jose Ramón Pocaterra 

Jose Ramón Pocaterra served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from February 2021 to September 2021 and continues as a Director. He is a senior financial, business, and planning professional with 21 years of international experience in the operational, marketing, and financial fields of the oil and gas industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Santa María, Venezuela; a postgraduate diploma in corporate finance from Universidad Metropolitana, Venezuela; an MBA certificate from the University of Texas; and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) School of Management, Venezuela.

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Samuel Wilhelm Belloso

Samuel Wilhelm is President of PDV Holding, Inc. and was appointed to the CITGO Petroleum Corporation Board in October 2021. He is an experienced global oil and gas business professional with vast experience in the hydrocarbon supply chain, contract negotiations, logistics, trading and strategic planning. Mr. Wilhem started his career in Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. as crude oil and refined products trader and was promoted to various positions up to Director for Oil and Gas Production and Supply Strategic Associations in the Orinoco Oil Belt. After that, he moved to Houston and served as a business consultant and executive level in various oil and gas - technology companies.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa and a master's degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management.

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