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Adrian Binks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Adrian Binks is chairman, Chief Executive Officer and major shareholder of the Argus Media group of companies. He developed our company after buying a partnership in a small newsletter business following an earlier career in BP and a brief stint working as an oil industry analyst in the City of London. In 1984 he took management control, renamed the company and started the development of a global business under the Argus brand. Adrian grew up in Leeds where he attended the local grammar school before studying history at Cambridge University. Adrian appears regularly on television for the BBC, CNN and NBC and writes from time to time for The Financial Times, The Economist, The Observer and many other newspapers. He won the prestigious EY International Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2017.

Stuart Ashman
Chief Financial Officer

Stuart Ashman is the Chief Financial Officer and also the Company Secretary for the Argus Media group of companies. He joined Argus in 1999 having previously worked in accounting and finance roles in practice and banking in Australia and retail in the UK. Stuart was educated at the University of Tasmania and has been a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants for over 30 years.

Gabriel Caillaux
Non-executive Director

Gabriel Caillaux is Co-President, Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic’s business in EMEA. He is also a member of the firm’s Management, Investment, and Portfolio Committees. Since joining the firm in 2004, Gabriel has helped expand the firm’s investment focus across the greater European region to include Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He focuses on investments in the Financial Services and Technology sectors. Before joining General Atlantic, Gabriel worked in the telecoms, media & technology division at Merrill Lynch in London and New York. He holds a master's degree in finance from ESCP-EAP European School of Management.

Dod Fraser
Non-executive Director

Dod Fraser is President of Sackett Partners, a consulting company, and a member of several corporate boards. Dod is a board member of Subsea 7 S.A., OCI GP LLC, Rayonier Inc. and Fleet Topco Limited. Previously, he was a member of the board of Smith International, Inc., Terra Industries, Inc., Forest Oil Corporation and Acergy. In his professional career, Dod was an investment banker: a General Partner of Lazard Freres & Co. and until 2000 a Managing Director and Group Executive of Chase Manhattan Bank, now J. P. Morgan Chase, where he led the global oil and gas group. Dod serves as chairman of the audit committees of Subsea 7 and Rayonier; is a member of the audit and conflicts committees of OCI GP; and is a member of the compensation committee of Rayonier and audit committee of Fleet Topco Limited. Dod previously served as a member of the National Petroleum Council, trustee of Resources for the Future and trustee of The Lawrenceville School.

Maria Hooper

Maria Hooper
Non-Executive Director

Maria Hooper has extensive energy expertise having spent over 15 years in a variety of senior leadership roles at ConocoPhillips (COP) and Phillips 66 (P66). This included acting as a trusted advisor to the P66 executive leadership team and its Board of Directors on global markets and future-focused growth aligned with enterprise ESG opportunities resulting in the development of new lines of business focused on renewable energy and power and natural gas trading. As SVP Commercial, Maria led the company’s commercial team in key locations around the world including US, Canada, UK and Singapore. She was responsible for revenues in excess of $1 billion and the successful commercial integration of new corporate assets. Maria also led the company’s global oil trading business from both Houston and London.

Prior to her time at P66, Maria also held engineering and trading roles at companies including ANR Pipeline, Apache Corporation and Producers Energy Trading.

Denny Houston
Non-executive Director

Denny Houston was Executive Vice-President of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company before he retired in June 2010. He was Vice-President of Supply and Transportation of Exxon International from 1994 until the merger of Exxon and Mobil in 1999. Denny joined Exxon in 1974, working at the Baton Rouge refinery, and later undertook a variety of roles at the company in Houston and the Baytown refinery. He moved to Esso Singapore in 1988, where he was appointed Chairman and Managing Director from 1989, transferring to Exxon International at Florham Park in 1992 as General Manager of Supply. Denny is based in Houston and is married with two sons — one an investment banker in New York and the other a physician in Chicago.

Tom Hussey
Non-executive Director

Tom Hussey is a Vice President at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Technology sector in EMEA. He also serves on the board of directors of Hemnet, Property Finder and Zingat. Before joining General Atlantic in 2013, Tom worked in corporate development at 21st Century Fox where he covered media assets in EMEA. Previously, he was a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in London where he concentrated on private equity and technology, media & telecommunications. Tom holds a first class MA in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford.

Tom Intrator
Non-executive Director

Tom Intrator has extensive leadership experience in complex global organisations. He has a deep understanding of trading, risk management, commodity supply chains and market analytics and has worked extensively with customers and business teams across Europe, Asia and North America. Tom held senior global roles in Cargill over a career spanning 32 years, most recently as CEO of Cargill International and President of the Energy, Transportation and Metals Trading businesses, and prior to that as President of Cargill’s Ocean Transportation business. He has also served on a number of Cargill’s corporate committees, providing oversight on capital allocations, financial risk, business strategy, process and technology as well as ethics and guiding principles.

Adrian Binks Photo

Adrian Binks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Adrian Binks is chairman, Chief Executive Officer and major shareholder of the Argus Media group of companies. He developed our company after buying a partnership in a small newsletter business following an earlier career in BP and a brief stint working as an oil industry analyst in the City of London. In 1984 he took management control, renamed the company and started the development of a global business under the Argus brand. Adrian grew up in Leeds where he attended the local grammar school before studying history at Cambridge University. Adrian appears regularly on television for the BBC, CNN and NBC and writes from time to time for The Financial Times, The Economist, The Observer and many other newspapers. He won the prestigious EY International Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2017.

Stuart Ashman
Chief Financial Officer

Stuart Ashman is the Chief Financial Officer and also the Company Secretary for the Argus Media group of companies. He joined Argus in 1999 having previously worked in accounting and finance roles in practice and banking in Australia and retail in the UK. Stuart was educated at the University of Tasmania and has been a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants for over 30 years.

Barbara Kalu
Executive Vice President, Middle East, India Subcontinent and Africa

Barbara Kalu set up and now heads the Argus Middle East office in Dubai. Barbara joined Argus in 2001 to oversee sales and marketing operations outside of the Americas as the company’s Commercial Manager, Europe, CIS, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Barbara previously worked at Platts, where she managed the company's key accounts. She started out at DRI/McGraw-Hill (now known as Global Insight) as an economic consultant, following receipt of her first degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Barbara also holds an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics.

Christopher Flook
President, Expansion Markets

Christopher Flook is President, Expansion Markets. He has regional responsibility for Argus’ European business, and oversees global services in Generation Fuels, Fertilisers, Petrochemicals, Metals and Agriculture. Christopher joined the company in 2019. He previously worked at RELX, leading price reporting agency ICIS through a time of significant growth from 2005 to 2016, including two years based in Shanghai. Between 2016 and 2019 he served as Chief Executive of Cirium, a data analytics business for the global aviation and travel industries, and oversaw the commercial property data business EG. Christopher was educated at the London School of Economics.

Euan Craik
President, Petroleum Sectors

Euan oversees Argus’ global services in crude oil, refined products and LPG. During a career at Argus spanning more than 20 years, Euan has headed the company’s operations in the Americas and the former Soviet Union. And Euan has held senior roles in the company’s London headquarters, giving him a uniquely global insight into the markets Argus serves. During Euan’s time in Houston, Argus became the standard for pricing physical crude oil in the US markets, and became adopted increasingly in the refined oil products markets of North and South America.

Jo Loudiadis
Chief Commercial Officer

Jo Loudiadis is Senior Vice-President Commercial, Europe and Africa, based in London. Jo joined Argus in 2008 and is responsible for commercial structure and direction. She manages key client and third-party relationships within the EMEA and Russia region. Jo works alongside the respective sales and marketing teams, developing commercial strategy and relationships. Before joining Argus, Jo worked for McGraw Hill companies including Standard & Poors and Platts, where she undertook a variety of roles in sales management and business development.

Karl Kleemeier

Karl Kleemeier
Executive Vice President, Asia

Karl Kleemeier is based in Singapore and holds the Head of Argus Asia role. Karl heads up business development for the Asian oil sectors with responsibility for crude oil, oil products, biofuels and LPG. Prior to joining Argus in October 2020, Karl spent nearly 20 years with Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, where he headed Aramco’s crude oil pricing team. Karl has a degree in chemical engineering, as well as an MBA, and has an extensive background in oil refining and marketing.

Matthew Oatway
Executive Vice President, North America

Matthew Oatway is Head of North America for Argus, based in Houston. Matt joined Argus in London in 2018 as Chief of Staff. Since 2020, he has led Argus’ business in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Argus, Matt worked in market analysis and corporate strategy roles at fundamental data provider Genscape and media company DMGT. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College.

Mikhail Doubik

Mikhail Doubik
Executive Vice President, CIS

Mikhail Doubik heads the Argus Russia and FSU business and is based in Moscow. He is responsible for all strategic, commercial and market activity across Russia, former Soviet Union countries and Mongolia. Before joining Argus in April 2018, Mikhail worked in media and publishing, with over 20 years’ experience. He was the Chief Executive of Vedomosti, Russia’s first independent business newspaper, a joint project of the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. He also worked as a director of Independent Media publishing group, where he managed an extensive portfolio of products, including Russian editions of Harvard Business Review and Esquire. Mikhail has a degree in journalism from Moscow State University and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Neil Fleming
Global Head of Editorial

Neil Fleming is Global Head of Editorial at Argus and manages our market- and news-reporting operations worldwide. His role involves the management of a global team of more than 500 reporters in 29 offices, formulation of editorial and market-reporting strategy and policy, and working in matrix with Argus’ sectoral and regional managers to help develop new content and products for the business. Neil joined Argus in January 2020. He has 38 years’ experience of commodities and energy markets, and has worked as a journalist, analyst, manager, consultant, and data architect. He is the former SVP Editorial and Information of Argus’ competitor S&P Global (Platts), and has also served as Head of Content and latterly Strategic Advisor at energy and petrochemicals price-reporting agency ICIS. He is the 1995 winner of the International Association of Energy Economists’ award for Excellence in Written Journalism. Neil was previously Southern Africa bureau chief for US news agency United Press International at the time of the end of apartheid, and before that its East Africa correspondent. He holds a first class honours degree in Modern & Medieval Languages from Trinity College Cambridge, and was a post-graduate student at the University of Vienna.

Vanessa Viola
Executive Vice President, Latin America & Global Head of LPG

Vanessa Viola is the Senior Vice-President of Latin America at Argus. She rejoined Argus in 2011 as our Brazil Country Manager and is now working to expand the company’s business across Latin America. Vanessa initially joined Argus in 2001, working as Deputy Editor of the Argus European Products report and Editor of the Argus International LPG report before leaving in 2005 to work as an LPG broker with Gibson in London. Prior to her assignments in the UK, Vanessa worked as a political and financial correspondent for Reuters (Brasilia, Sao Paulo), as a financial reporter for Brazil’s leading news agency Agencia Estado and as a press relations officer with energy engineering company Asea Brown Boveri, also based in Sao Paulo. A graduate from Brazil’s Casper Libero University with a BA in social communications, Vanessa has a master’s degree in international journalism from London’s City University. In addition to Portuguese and English, she is fluent in Spanish.

Alex Brog
Head of Public Affairs

Alex Brog is Head of Public Affairs at Argus. He has global responsibility for Argus’ PR as well as Employee Communications and Government Relations. Alex has 25+ years’ experience leading corporate communications at leading financial information B2B companies and financial PR consultancies. Prior to joining Argus in 2022, Alex led corporate communications at S&P Global Platts for 7 years and also held senior PR roles at IHS Markit, Experian and Thomson Reuters. He helped built the profile of Data Explorers ahead of its successful sale to Markit. Alex was educated at University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST).

David Fyfe
Chief Economist

David Fyfe is Chief Economist at Argus. He has more than 30 years’ experience of working in energy markets. Prior to joining Argus, David was most recently Chief Economist at commodity trading company Gunvor. Before this, he managed the oil industry and markets division of the International Energy Agency and edited its influential monthly Oil Market Report. David has a master’s degree in energy policy and economics from Imperial College London.

Jamie Balderston
Chief Marketing & Conferences Officer

Jamie Balderston is Chief Marketing & Conferences Officer. Jamie joined Argus in 2017 as SVP Global Conferences, leading the global commercial conference portfolio across all Argus commodity portfolios. Since 2023 Jamie has assumed the additional responsibility of chief marketing officer. He previously worked at Metal Bulletin (now FastMarkets) and its parent group, Euromoney Institutional Investor from 2002 to 2016, including three years based in Hong Kong. Jamie graduated with a chemistry degree from Abertay University.

Jane Wood
Chief Human Resources Officer

Jane is the CHRO at Argus partnering with the business to deliver the People Strategy. Jane joined from S&P Global where she held a number of roles including Head of HR for S&P Global Platts and Chief of Staff to the CEO S&P Global based in New York. She has a breadth of experience as a People leader leading high performance teams to design and deliver people programmes aligned to business success. Her 25 + years’ experience spans across different sectors including Communications (BT), Technology (Dimension Data/NTT), Energy (Enron) and Financial Services. Jane holds an MA in HR Strategy.

Jeffrey Amos
Head of Internal Audit

Jeffrey Amos became Head of Internal Audit in April 2023. He was previously Global Compliance Officer for the Argus Media group of companies for almost 13 years. where he ensured that the company’s global price assessments be derived in strict conformity with its official methodologies and that all Argus staff be actively aware of their personal accountability to deliver compliance. From 1991 to 2008, Jeffrey worked at BP, fulfilling various roles in the UK and Russia, including financial and fiscal development, financial control, group operations assurance and as Commercial Director for BP’s UK ground fuels business.

Lloyd Thomas
Senior Vice-President, Consulting Services

Lloyd Thomas is Senior Vice-President, Consulting Services, based in our London office. He leads the global Argus Consulting Services team and provides oversight of Argus’ consulting activities within Europe. Lloyd joined Argus in 2011 as Head of European Consulting and has been instrumental in the development and expansion of the consulting division. He was promoted to Global Head of Consulting in 2017. Prior to joining Argus, Lloyd led the global research and advisory team at Energy Intelligence Group. Earlier in his career, he spent over 11 years as a management and strategy consultant in the energy practices at Deloitte and Ernst & Young. During this time he worked with a wide range of energy, utilities and infrastructure clients, helping to deliver strategy, performance improvement and large-scale capital programmes.

Lucy Sladojevic
Group General Counsel

Lucy Sladojevic is Head of Legal for the Argus Media group of companies, based in London. Lucy joined Argus in 2008. Prior to that, Lucy qualified and practised as a solicitor at London City law firm Slaughter and May before moving to West End firm Harbottle & Lewis, where she was made a Senior Associate. Lucy read law at Cambridge University.

Meltem Dincer
Chief Technology Officer

Meltem Dincer is Chief Technology Officer of the Argus Media group of companies. Prior to joining us in August 2018, she spent four years at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. as VP, Platform Capabilities where she focused on defining the digital first content strategy and building out the next generation publishing platform. Meltem held a variety positions in the financial markets and the corporate divisions of Thomson Corporation and Thomson Reuters, where she had senior technology leadership roles in product development, corporate wide strategic initiatives, core platform services, content technology, and master data management. Meltem holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bosporus University in Turkey and a MS in Computer Science from New York Institute of Technology.

Vladas Stankevicius
Global Head of Compliance

Vladas Stankevicius is Global Compliance Officer for the Argus Media group of companies and brings a wealth of ethics and compliance experience to the role. He is a trained lawyer, with extensive time as a US attorney. Vladas spent 12 years in a series of senior ethics and compliance roles at BP, based in the UK, US and Azerbaijan. He provided advice on complex corporate matters, helped the company develop compliance methodology and oversaw 41 business reviews.

After leaving BP, Vladas was worked as an international compliance expert at World Athletics, where he provided oversight of national and regional sports federations, leading efforts to ingrain a sustainable anti-doping culture, including reforming athletics’ organizational governance structures.

Vlasios Voudouris
Chief Data Officer

Vlasios joined Argus Media from Standard Chartered Bank where he was the head of the quantitative modelling and analytics team. At Argus, Vlasios is responsible for Argus global data, analytics and AI/ML strategy.

Vlasios has expertise in data science for commodity markets and uses insights from data to illuminate trading, hedging and risk management. He is the co-author of two books — one on applied data science and one on energy markets. Vlasios holds a PhD from City, University of London.