Board of Directors

Charif SoukiCharif Souki

Chairman of the Board

Charif co-founded Tellurian and serves as Chairman of the Board. He also founded Cheniere Energy, Inc. in 1996 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President until December 2015. Prior to Cheniere, Charif was an investment banker. He serves on the board of trustees of the American University of Beirut and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Charif received a B.A. from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Martin HoustonMartin Houston

Vice Chairman

Martin co-founded Tellurian and serves as Vice Chairman. Having spent more than three decades at BG Group plc, a FTSE 10 international integrated oil and gas company, he retired in February 2014 as the Group’s Chief Operating Officer and an executive director.

From 2004 to 2009, he was a non-executive director of Severn Trent plc, he is a former director of the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO), and from 2008 to 2014 he was the vice president for the Americas of GIIGNL, the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers. He was the first recipient of the CWC LNG Executive of the Year award in 2011.

Martin is the international chairman of the Houston-based investment bank Tudor Pickering Holt, is a non-executive director of both The British United Provident Association Limited (BUPA) and CC Energy Development. He is vice-chairman of Hakluyt North America and is a senior advisor to Gresham Partners. Martin is a member of the advisory board of the Global Energy Policy unit at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, New York.

He sits on the National Petroleum Council of the United States, is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and is on the Development Committee of the Royal Opera House in London.

Meg GentleMeg Gentle

President and Chief Executive Officer

Meg joined Tellurian as President and CEO in August 2016. She previously served as Executive Vice President-Marketing at Cheniere Energy, Inc. In addition, she served as Senior Vice President-Marketing, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President-Strategic Planning & Finance, Vice President of Strategic Planning, and Manager of Strategic Planning for Cheniere. Before Cheniere, Meg spent eight years in energy market development, economic evaluation and long-range planning. She conducted international business development and strategic planning for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, and energy market analysis for Pace Global Energy Services. Meg received a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs from James Madison University in May 1996 and an M.B.A. from Rice University in May 2004.

Dillon J. FergusonDillon J. Ferguson


Dillon J. Ferguson is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in its energy and litigation practices. Mr. Ferguson focuses his practice on oil and gas law, with an emphasis on both transaction and litigation matters. His clients are comprised of companies and individuals who are engaged in oil and gas activities, including exploration, production, processing, transportation, marketing and consumption. Mr. Ferguson has been a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP since May 2016. He was a partner at Andrews Kurth LLP from 2001 to May 2016. Mr. Ferguson earned his B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law.

Jean JayletJean Jaylet


Jean Jaylet started his career as economy lecturer at the IFP (French Petroleum Institute) in France. He joined Total in the North Sea division of the Exploration & Production branch, initially as an economist and then as a transportation assets manager for Total Exploration & Production Norge in Oslo. He moved to the Gas and Power branch of the Total group and was successively in charge of gas & power trading development for Europe and then gas trading manager in Houston. He took the position of Vice President Marketing for Total Indonesia based in Jakarta and became subsequently Vice President for the Southern Cone in Paris. Since August 2015 he has been Vice President LNG & Economy in the Gas, Renewables & Power branch of Total and a member of the Gas Management Committee. Jean Jaylet holds degrees from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) and from the IFP (energy and markets program).

Diana Derycz-KesslerDiana Derycz-Kessler


Ms. Diana Derycz-Kessler is a private investor with holdings in a variety or sectors including oil and gas. Related to her investments she has taken on active operational roles, including special counsel to Bristol Capital Advisors and CEO of the media arts college Los Angeles Film School. Ms. Derycz-Kessler’s early career began as a lawyer in the international oil and gas sector working for the law firm Curtis, Mallet, Prevost, Colt and Mosle, and subsequently for Occidental Petroleum. She worked out of New York, Mexico and other Latin America countries. Ms. Derycz-Kessler launched her private practice with a focus on oil and gas, investments, and capital raising representation. In 2000, she and her husband founded their investment advisory firm which led her to her current role as an investor. Ms. Derycz-Kessler became a leader in UNESCO’s TeachHer program, a private public sector partnership bridging the global gender gap in education. Ms. Derycz-Kessler holds a Law Degree from Harvard Law School and a Master’s Degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association.

Brooke PetersonBrooke Peterson


Brooke Peterson has been involved in resort development and real estate for over 35 years in resort areas all over the United States and the rest of the world, including Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, California, and South Carolina, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. He has also participated in the development of commercial and residential property in the urban areas of Colorado. Mr. Peterson also serves as a trustee of several trusts of high net worth families, is involved in non-profits, is the Municipal Judge of the City of Aspen, is a member of the Colorado Bar Foundation, and in his capacity as a Manager of Aspen Blue Sky Holdings LLC and its affiliated companies, is presently involved in a development project in Sun Valley, Idaho. In addition, Mr. Peterson serves as a Manager of Ajax Holdings LLC and is CEO of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse. He previously served as the President of the Aspen Valley Ski Club, on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Valley Community Foundation, and as an arbitrator and mediator through the offices of the American Arbitration Association.

Don Alan TurklesonDon Alan Turkleson


Mr. Turkleson began his career in public accounting at Arthur Anderson and has served in various financial roles at public companies including in the role of Chief Financial Officer at Cheniere, Laurus and Gulf Coast Energy Resources. His experience includes initial public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, master limited partnerships, project financings and debt offerings. He is recognized for corporate leadership, corporate governance and strategic planning, and working toward stability in environments of change and rapid growth. He has served on the board of directors at ACCEL Energy Canada Limited, Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC, QEP Midstream Partners GP, LLC, Miller Energy Resources, Inc., Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC, and Stone Horn Ridge, LLC.