Mr Cole has been at Woodside Petroleum since 2006, most recently in the capacity of Executive Director and Executive Vice President, Corporate and Commercial. He has had extensive involvement in the company’s development across the entire value chain, from exploration to marketing. He has also led strategy setting and execution, joint venture management and negotiation of government and commercial contracts.

Prior to his time at Woodside, Mr Cole had more than 21 years’ experience in corporate energy and resources law.

Beach Energy Chairman Glenn Davis commented on the appointment saying: “We ar...