Senior Management Team

Jon Young

Group Chief Executive Officer

Nick Olson

Group Chief Financial Officer

Joanna Breare

Vice President New Zealand Upstream Energy
Chief Executive Officer Todd Energy New Zealand
Deputy CEO Todd Offshore

Babu Bahirathan

Vice President Downstream Energy
Chief Executive Officer Nova Energy

Evan Davies

Managing Director Todd Property

Chris Hall

Group General Counsel & Vice President Growth Businesses

Paul Moore

Executive Vice President International Energy
Chief Executive Officer Todd Energy International

Michael Wolley

Vice President Minerals

Peter Thomas

Chief Executive Officer Balla Balla Infrastructure Group

Jon Young

Group Chief Executive Officer

Jon holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical and a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics from the University of Sydney.

After University, Jon joined Mobil Oil as a Process Engineer at its Adelaide refinery and spent seventeen years with Mobil in a wide range of management roles in Australia, the USA and Asia. Jon's last role with Mobil was as Chief Executive Officer of Indo Mobil, New Delhi, India.

In 2000 Jon joined Santos, Australia's second largest oil and gas company and as Executive Vice President Operations was responsible for its onshore Australian assets. Jon was the Santos business leader responsible for the development and execution of Santos' coal seam gas strategy which, through an acquisition and appraisal programme, enabled Santos to develop the industry leading Gladstone LNG project.

Jon joined Todd Corporation in January 2011 as Group CEO. Jon holds dual New Zealand and Australian citizenship and is married with four children. His interests include family activities, motorcycle touring, travel and the arts.

Nick Olson

Group Chief Financial Officer

Nick holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland and is a Chartered Accountant.

During the last 15 years Nick has served in senior roles at Telecom New Zealand, where he was Group CFO between 2010 and 2013 and at Fletcher Building, where he was Group CFO until late 2014 and most recently as Group CFO of The Todd Corporation. He was 2012 CFO of the Year (New Zealand).

Nick has a background in debt capital markets and leveraged finance and worked for both Credit Suisse First Boston and JP Morgan Chase in Hong Kong from 1998 to 2001. In his corporate career Nick has been instrumental in some of the largest mergers and acquisitions transactions and debt raisings in the New Zealand market, including the demerger of Chorus from Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and the sale of the New Zealand Yellow Pages business. In addition he has led the end-to-end transformation and re-organisation of a number of substantial finance functions and in 2015 was the interim General Manager of a steel roll forming business based in Australia.

Nick is married with two sons, has a passion for motorcycles, and enjoys spending time with his family in Northland. 

Joanna Breare

Vice President New Zealand Upstream Energy, Chief Executive Officer Todd Energy New Zealand, Deputy CEO Todd Offshore

Dr Joanna Breare holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geology from University College, London and a First Class Honours Degree in Geology from Queen Mary College, University of London. Joanna was appointed Chief Executive Todd Energy in 2014 and in addition to this role, she is Vice President New Zealand Upstream Energy with Todd Energy’s parent company, the Todd Corporation, Deputy CEO Todd Offshore and Chair of the Petroleum Exploration and Producers Association of New Zealand.

Joanna has 31 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry with involvement in exploration, development, project management and reservoir geology roles. She has worked in the UK and Vietnam with BP. Joanna migrated to New Zealand in 1997 and was a consultant to Shell, STOS and Fletcher Challenge Energy prior to joining STOS in 2002. During her 12 years at STOS, Joanna held the positions of Deputy General Manager, Joint Venture Business Manager and Exploration and Development Manager for STOS and Shell New Zealand.

Since joining Todd Joanna has overseen the expansion of the onshore Mangahewa gas and condensate field and most recently the acquisition of the onshore Kapuni gas field.

Babu Bahirathan

Vice President Downstream Energy, Chief Executive Officer Nova Energy

Babu graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Electronics with first class honours. He has since completed study towards a Masters in Finance from Massey University.

After graduating, Babu joined Transpower NZ as Assistant Development Engineer.  He went on to spend nine years there in a wide range of roles including planning, development, design, operations and new investments. Babu was Technical Manager on various development projects and his last role with Transpower was as Team Leader in the Pricing Group, responsible for designing and implementing pricing methodology for transmission cost recovery.

In 1999 Babu joined Todd Energy as a Business Analyst just as Todd entered the retail electricity market. He has played a major role in developing and managing Todd’s electricity business from its infancy.  Babu held the position of Group Manager Electricity from 2006 until 2011 when he moved into his current role. He is responsible for The Todd Corporation’s Wholesale and Retail Gas, Electricity and LPG businesses.

Babu is a Sri Lankan born Kiwi and is married with three children. His interests include sport and travel.

Evan Davies

Managing Director Todd Property

Evan holds a Bachelor of Town Planning from the University of Auckland, a Master of Science in Tourism Management from the University of Surrey and a Master of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Birmingham.

On returning to New Zealand he acted as a planning consultant to a number of major New Zealand developers. In 1986 Evan joined Rainbow Corporation and subsidiaries and was responsible for significant commercial developments in New Zealand and Australia. In 1991 he joined Brierley Investments as General Manager of Brierley Properties. After disposal of Brierley’s property portfolio Evan led the licensing and development processes for the Sky City project in Auckland and joined Sky City on its public listing in 1996.

During Evan’s 11 years as Managing Director of Sky City the company grew from a single site to having business operations throughout New Zealand, South Australia and the Northern Territory, with an enterprise value in excess of $3 billion and more than 6,000 staff. Evan was named the Deloitte/New Zealand Management Magazine Chief Executive of the Year in 2001.

Evan joined Todd Property as Managing Director in 2008.

Evan is a trustee of several substantial charitable organisations, a director of several public sector enterprises and has interests in sailing and farming.

Chris Hall

Group General Counsel & Vice President Growth Businesses, Executive Chairman Integria Healthcare

Chris joined Todd Energy in 2002 as its first General Counsel and was appointed to his current role in July 2011.

As Group General Counsel, he has functional oversight of all legal and regulatory matters in Todd. He also Chairs the management Regulatory Compliance and Policy Management Committees.

As Vice President Growth Businesses, he has executive responsibility for Integria Healthcare and for Todd’s investment in PartsTrader Markets, leads the Technology and Food investment strategies and provides executive supervision to Group Procurement.

Chris was a member of the Executive Committee of PEPANZ for six years, including two as Chair, was a director of Shell Todd Oil Services from 2004 to 2017 and is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Chris has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Otago, an LLM from University of British Columbia and has completed a post graduate course in strategic management from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Before joining Todd, Chris spent 12 years at commercial law firm, Bell Gully. He is married with two sons and is keen on travel, sports administration and adventure racing.

Paul Moore

Executive Vice President International Energy, CEO Todd Energy International, CEO South Louisiana Methanol

Paul has a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering (2:1 honours) and a Diploma of Engineering (Southampton University, UK).

Paul has held a number of senior executive positions in the international oil and gas sector during the last 30 years. Prior to joining Todd, he was Managing Director of ASX Junior Otto Energy, Executive Vice President Development with Woodside and Vice President Development Projects and Technical Services with Santos. Paul was employed by Fletcher Challenge for 11 years during which time he was a Director of Maui Development in New Zealand for five years and also held various upstream management roles in New Zealand and Brunei, Borneo. He began his oil and gas career with Shell International where he was employed as a Petroleum Engineer in the North Sea, North Africa, and New Zealand.

Paul joined The Todd Corporation in 2011 as Executive Vice President Upstream Energy and Resources. In August 2014, he was appointed to the positions of Executive Vice President International Energy, CEO Todd Energy International and CEO South Louisiana Methanol.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Engineer and has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers for over 30 years.

Michael Wolley

Vice President Minerals

Michael holds a first class honours degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland and a Masters of Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Michael had a 15 year career with Mobil Oil Australia in a range of roles including engineering, operations, strategic planning and business development in Australia and New Zealand. In 1995 he left Mobil to pursue opportunities in Asia Pacific and worked in a number of senior executive roles in the manufacturing and industrial sectors including a period as President of BlueScope Steel China.

In 2007 Michael returned to the resources sector as Chief Operating Officer of Lynas Corporation, an ASX 100 business, and subsequently into the gold sector where he is a Director of Red Mountain Mining, an ASX listed gold development business.

Michael was appointed Vice President Corporate Development of The Todd Corporation in 2011. In February 2013 he was appointed to the role of Vice President Minerals, based in Sydney. Michael is a Director of Wolf Resources, an ASX listed resources business and is a Director of ASX listed Flinders Mines. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Directors and the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Michael holds dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship. His interests include the performing arts, rugby, fishing and diving.

Peter Thomas

Chief Executive Officer ‎Balla Balla Infrastructure Group

Peter holds an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Peter brings extensive experience in developing, financing and constructing large rail, port and mine projects to BBI. With a background in megaproject delivery, investment banking and finance, Peter spent 10 years with Fortescue Metals Group within the Executive and Projects teams. Starting as CFO (TPI), Peter then went on to serve as General Manager of Rail before transitioning to Fortescue’s Project team where he led the set up of Fortescue’s second mine at Christmas Creek. He then served as Project Director of Fortescue’s $5 billion port and rail expansion (just over half of the T155 Project). After transitioning away from Fortescue, Peter then went on to serve as Director of Projects for Adani to guide its $4 billion Carmichael Mine and Rail Project to the start of construction.

Prior to Fortescue, Peter was Senior Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions at Novartis in Switzerland from 2003-2004 and Vice President at Lehman Brothers from 1998-2002 in New York and London. Peter also worked at McKinsey & Company prior to those roles.

Peter joined Balla Balla Infrastructure Group (BBIG) as its CEO in January, 2018. BBIG is 90% owned by Todd Corporation and is developing its iron ore assets (port, rail, mine) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.