Executive Team

Octavio SimoesOctávio Simões

President and Chief Executive Officer

Octávio brings 38 years of impressive energy industry experience to Tellurian’s remarkable infrastructure team. Previously, he was President and CEO of Sempra LNG & Midstream where he was responsible for all LNG and natural gas midstream activities in Sempra’s efforts to develop, build and operate liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt terminals, liquefaction facilities, natural gas pipelines and storage facilities. He led the company’s efforts at Cameron LNG, Energia Costa Azul LNG and Port Arthur LNG, where he focused on reliability of deliveries to customers, safety and gas sourcing strategies that assure reliable production of LNG. Octávio has deep relationships in the LNG market and an unmatched tenacity for developing new projects.
Prior responsibilities include business development, acquisitions, engineering and construction, operations and asset management in power generation, as well as financial and strategic planning, Activities covered various markets in all continents. Simões has degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts. Simões is a native of Lisbon, Portugal.

Keith TeagueKeith Teague

EVP and Chief Operating Officer

Keith Teague joined Tellurian in 2016 to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Keith previously served at Cheniere in a variety of roles, most recently as Executive Vice President, Asset Group; and previously as Senior Vice President-Asset Group; President of CQH Holdings Company, LLC (formerly known as Cheniere Pipeline Company); Vice President-Pipeline Operations; and he began his career with Cheniere in February 2004 as Director of Facility Planning. Before joining Cheniere, Keith served as the Director of Strategic Planning for the CMS Panhandle Companies. He began his career with Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation where he managed pipeline operations and facility expansion. Keith received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and an M.B.A. from Louisiana State University.

Kian Granmayeh

EVP and Chief Financial Officer

Kian Granmayeh was appointed as our Chief Financial Officer in March 2020. Previously, Kian served as Director of Investor Relations since August 2019, Director of Special Projects from July 2019 to August 2019 and as a consultant to the Chief Financial Officer from January 2019 to June 2019. Prior to joining Tellurian, Kian worked at Apache Corporation where he served as a Manager in the Investor Relations and Strategic Planning groups from May 2014 to February 2018. Prior to Apache, Kian served as a Vice President, and earlier as an Associate, at Lazard in their oil and gas investment banking group from 2009 to 2014, during which time he advised on a broad range of advisory-focused transactions, particularly around mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and debt and equity capital raises. Kian holds a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.

Daniel BelhumeurDaniel Belhumeur

EVP and General Counsel

Daniel joined Tellurian in October 2016 and serves as General Counsel. Daniel served at Cheniere Energy, Inc. as Vice President, Tax and General Tax Counsel, Tax Director and Domestic Tax Counsel. Daniel began his career in public accounting after he received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University. He then went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law and his LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Daniel is currently affiliated with the American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association and also serves on the Board of Governors at the University of Kansas School of Law.

John HowieJohn Howie

EVP of Upstream and President of Tellurian Production Company

John Howie has over three decades of experience managing and investing in upstream energy assets, deploying ~$2 Bn in equity and debt across 80 + companies and projects. He was most recently president of Impact Natural Resources, a private upstream company with production in the Gulf Coast and Permian Basin and evaluations in select North American basins. He was a Founder of Parallel Resource Partners and a member of Board of Managers and the Investment committee of the $700 million private equity fund. He led Goldman Sachs E&P Capital, a staff of technical and financial professionals, investing over $1 Billion in upstream opportunities. He served as a Managing Director at EnCap Investments and held engineering, finance and management positions with Range Resources, Apache, and Amoco. John has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State and is a Professional Engineer in the state of Texas, member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, The Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the Houston Producers Forum.

Tarek SoukiTarek Souki

EVP of LNG Marketing and Trading

Tarek Souki joined Tellurian as Senior Vice President – LNG Marketing and Trading in August 2016. Since joining, he has created the marketing team tasked with commercializing the Driftwood Project. Additionally, Tarek has overseen the build out of Tellurian’s LNG trading group. Prior to Tellurian, Tarek was VP of Finance and Business Development at Cheniere Marketing in charge of finance for the marketing and trading group. He also led the build out of the middle and back office functions for Cheniere’s trading desk. Before Cheniere, Tarek spent 14 years working in the banking industry, including most recently at Credit Suisse in New York and London. There he specialized in corporate and project finance for the resources sector. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.

Joi LecznarJoi A. Lecznar

EVP Public and Government Affairs

Joi joined Tellurian in 2016 and serves as Executive Vice President – Public and Government Affairs. In this capacity, she is responsible for communication, including public relations and media, as well as federal and state government affairs.

Joi brings 35 years of communication experience in several industries, including oil and gas, banking and consulting, and has conducted business in 19 countries on six continents. Previous employers include Mercer, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and BG Group plc. Before joining Tellurian, she was the Owner, Founder and President of TopDog Communication and Development, L.L.C.

She graduated With Distinction from the University of Nebraska, majoring in Journalism and Communication.

Margery HarrisMargery Harris

SVP Chief Human Resources Officer

Margery (Margie) Harris is an accomplished leader, having worked in both industry and consulting leading Human Resource change initiatives. Ms. Harris joined Tellurian in 2017 to establish and lead the human resources function. She has held leadership positions at several large Fortune 500 companies including Apache Corporation where she held the position of Executive Vice President of Human Resources of Apache Corporation, Texas Genco, a wholesale electrical power generation company where she established the human resources group. She also headed the human resources groups at Integrated Electrical Services, a national electrical contracting company and Santa Fe Snyder, an independent exploration and production company.

She serves on the alumni board and the Dean’s advisory council of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and serves as a Board of Director of the alumni board of The Ohio State University. Local Houston outreach includes her service on the Boards of the University of St. Thomas and the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She was recently appointed as an adjunct faculty member of the Mays School, at the University of Texas A&M.

Ms. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in finance from The Ohio State University. She also earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas.