Leadership team

Our leadership team provides strategic direction within our business portfolios.


Emma FitzGerald

Chief Executive Officer

Emma joined Puma Energy in January 2019. Previously, she spent many years running downstream Retail, Lubricants & LPG businesses for Shell around the world. For the last five years she has been immersed in the UK utility industry running gas and water & waste networks for National Grid and Severn Trent Water. She has served on boards in both an Executive & Non Executive Director capacity including Severn Trent plc, Cookson Group plc, Alent plc and DCC plc. She is currently an advisor to the Singapore government Prime Minister’s office and sits on the advisory board of Oxford Science Innovation. Emma holds a doctorate in Surface Chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Andrew Kemp

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Kemp joined Puma Energy in June 2019. Previously, he was the Group Director of Finance at VEON Ltd and has held a number of senior finance roles in telecommunications over 20 years, in addition to experience in the logistics, travel and property sectors. Most recently he was Regional CFO for VEON’s operating companies in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Algeria. Prior to that Andrew was CFO of Jazz in Pakistan for three years where he played an instrumental role in the merger with Warid Telecom and the broader turnaround of Jazz’s operations. Before joining the VEON Group, Andrew held a number of senior positions, including CFO of Etisalat Nigeria, Managing Director of Morgan Franklin and Group Controller at BT plc.

Christophe Zyde

Group Chief Operating Officer

Six years at Puma Energy, 30 years in the industry

Christophe was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer of Puma Energy this year, having joined Trafigura in 2010 and becoming Puma Energy’s Chief Operating Officer for Africa in 2011. He previously worked for Umicore in a variety of operational and general management roles. Christophe holds an engineering degree from École Polytechnique in Brussels.

Antonio Mawad

Global Head of Midstream Operations

Five years at Puma Energy, 35 years in the industry

Antonio started his career in 1983 with PDVSA-Venezuela and has worked in a variety of roles across engineering, refinery operations, logistical optimisation, and supply networks – joining Petroplus in Switzerland in 2007 and Puma Energy in 2013. He holds a chemical engineer title from Simón Bolívar University in Caracas and an engineering degree in oil refining from the French Petroleum Institute in Paris.

Rodrigo Zavala

Chief Operating Officer, Americas

Seven years at Puma Energy, 26 years in the industry

Rodrigo joined Puma Energy in 2011 to lead the merger of Exxon’s Centam storage facilities into the business, and then became our General Manager in Paraguay as appointed COO for the Americas in 2014. He started in a finance role at Shell before spending 11 years at Petrobras in M&A, refinery logistics planning and marketing in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Rodrigo holds an economics degree from Universidad de Belgrano and an MBA from Universidad del CEMA in Argentina.

Jonathan Pegler

Global Head of Supply and Trading

Four years at Puma Energy, 26 years in the industry

Before joining Puma Energy in 2015, Jonathan was global co-head of crude trading and head of oil Asia for Trafigura, based in Singapore. Prior to Trafigura, he worked for four years at Amerada Hess and nine years at BP, managing trading portfolios for products and risk management of their European Downstream system. Jonathan graduated from City University in London with a BSc in aeronautical engineering.

Pierre Costa

Chief Information Officer

Two years at Puma, 21 years in the industry

Pierre joins from IBM where he held various positions, leading large and complex project deliveries and sales in an international and multi-cultural environment. He holds an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in France.