Meet Our Team
Octávio Simões, President—Sempra LNG & Midstream
Octávio Simões is president of Sempra LNG & Midstream, where he directs all LNG operations. Most recently, Simões was the vice president of commercial/development for Sempra LNG & Midstream, where he was responsible for all the commercial activities related to Sempra LNG & Midstream.
Prior to joining Sempra LNG & Midstream, Simões held various positions with Sempra Generation, including vice president of asset management and vice president of planning & analysis. Simões was responsible for economic analysis, transmission support and market rules/structure for the generation portfolio. He also served as project director for the 600 MW Termoeléctrica de Mexicali power project located in Mexicali, Mexico, which began commercial operation in June 2003.
Simões has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, serving as a project manager, project developer, consultant, and asset manager in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Simões holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts.
Farid Bogani, Vice President—Engineering & Construction
Farid Bogani is vice president of Engineering & Construction for Sempra LNG & Midstream. He is responsible for the engineering and construction efforts in support of the development and execution of the Cameron LNG liquefaction project.
Bogani has more than 30 years of global experience in LNG project development, project management, liquefaction projects, plant management, operations, commissioning, start-up, plant design and technology, joint venture set-up and new business development in offshore and onshore integrated projects.
He has significant hands-on plant and site-specific expertise having been involved in 4 mega (US $10 billion+) world-class LNG facilities in the Far East, Australia and Africa. These included senior leadership assignments with Woodside Energy Ltd. for Pluto LNG in Australia, Shell Gas and Power / Shell Global Solutions for Persian LNG in Dubai and Netherlands, as well as engineering and operations leadership roles for Nigeria LNG in Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Bogani holds a bachelor’s degree with Class 1 Honors in chemical engineering from the University of Leeds, England.
Amy Chiu, Vice President—Asset Management
Amy Chiu, vice president of asset management, is responsible for management and optimization of all current Sempra LNG & Midstream contracts and asset positions, the Cameron LNG joint-venture transition and overall Profit & Loss functions.
Before joining Sempra LNG & Midstream, Chiu held the role of vice president of business process improvement and enterprise risk management for the Sempra Energy utilities San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), where she was responsible for capital & business optimization and risk management & strategic analysis. Prior to that, she was vice president of Information Technology for SDG&E and SoCalGas where she was responsible for information technologies, vision and operational oversight including computing infrastructure, client services, applications, information security and information management for both utilities and the Sempra Energy Corporate Center.
Chiu also served as vice president of Risk Analysis and Management for Sempra Energy and prior to that was vice president of Audit Services, where she was responsible for Sempra Energy’s internal audit function. She held positions of increasing responsibility including director of business planning in the mergers and acquisitions group, manager of executive projects and manager of economic analysis. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, she held senior-level financial and actuarial analyst positions for Intelsat and Watson Wyatt Worldwide.
Chiu holds a master’s degree in business administration from American University in Washington D.C., a doctorate in mathematics from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mills College in Oakland, Calif.
Scott Chrisman, Vice President—Commercial Development
Scott Chrisman, vice president of commercial development, is responsible for worldwide commercial and development activities including development of liquefaction and regasification projects; LNG marketing, sales and purchases; business development; and establishing and maintaining business relationships.
From 2011 to 2014, Chrisman was the executive project leader for the Cameron Liquefaction Project which is owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG & Midstream (50.2%), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (16.6%), ENGIE S.A. (16.6%), and a joint venture (16.6%) between Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Prior to 2011, Chrisman served in various positions of increasing responsibility at Sempra LNG & Midstream, including vice president of finance, director of commercial development and director of economic analysis where he facilitated the commercialization of the Cameron LNG and Energia Costa Azul regasification terminals.
Before joining Sempra LNG & Midstream in 2003, Chrisman was in investment banking at Simmons & Company International where he led over $3 billion of M&A transactions in the midstream gas sector. Additionally, from 1990 to 1998 Chrisman held various management positions at Exxon Chemicals in research, plant operations, project management, and business planning. Chrisman has a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Rice University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The University of Tulsa, Okla. Chrisman is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Ryan D. O’Neal, Vice President—Midstream
Ryan D. O’Neal is vice president of Midstream for Sempra LNG & Midstream. He is responsible for leading the development of pipeline and storage infrastructure projects integrated with Sempra’s LNG liquefaction opportunities as well as additional midstream opportunities within the U.S.
Most recently, O’Neal was vice president of major project controls and analysis for Sempra Energy, where he oversaw the governance for large construction projects across the Sempra Energy companies. His responsibilities included helping ensure the success of major construction projects by standardizing processes, controls, reporting and establishing best practices. Prior to this position, O’Neal served as vice president for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power leading the operations center and acquisitions, business development and commercial transactions in the midstream sector.
Previously, O’Neal served as chief operating officer for the Sempra Pipelines & Storage Midstream group, where he was responsible for the operation, construction and development of Sempra Pipelines & Storage midstream assets. He also was vice president of development for Sempra Pipelines & Storage’s international unit where he led all development activities in North America, including several major infrastructure projects in the U.S. and Mexico.
Before joining Sempra Energy in 1990, O’Neal held various positions with Southern California Gas Co. in project development, project management, marketing, distribution and storage operations. He began his career with an independent oil and gas production company where he was responsible for U.S. West Coast operations. O’Neal earned a master’s degree in business administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.
Eduardo Pawluszek, Vice President—Asset Development
Eduardo Pawluszek is vice president of asset development, where he oversees asset development activities, focusing on the company’s proposed liquefaction projects: Port Arthur LNG in Texas, USA and Energía Costa Azul in Baja California, Mexico.
Prior to joining Sempra LNG & Midstream, Pawluszek was vice president for Sempra’s South American operations, where he was responsible for the supervision of operations and business development activities for Chilquinta Energia in Chile, Luz del Sur in Peru, and their subsidiaries.
Before joining Sempra, Pawluszek served in different positions at AEI Energy in Houston, Texas, including executive vice president and chief financial officer. He also served as chief executive officer for AEI’s subsidiaries Emgasud and Empresa Distribuidora de Energia Norte (EDEN) in Argentina.
Pawluszek has been a board member at leading energy companies in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Central America. Currently, he is a board member at IENova, Sempra’s subsidiary in Mexico. Pawluszek received his bachelor’s degree in public accountancy from the University of Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in finance and capital markets from the Escuela Superior de Economía y Administración de Empresas.
Michael Sliwowski, Vice President—Business Origination
Michael Sliwowski, vice president of business origination, is responsible for developing and maintaining global business relationships necessary for Sempra LNG & Midstream’s market growth and managing the development of additional LNG facilities.
Previously, Sliwowski was vice president of business development for Sempra Energy Trading. He was also responsible for setting up Sempra Energy Europe and developing the LNG trading business.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Sliwowski held several senior positions in the commodity and capital market divisions of Deutsche Bank, Union Bank of Switzerland and Merrill Lynch. Sliwowski holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the University of Hull in England.