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Former AREEA President recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honour

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Australian Resources and Energy Group AREEA congratulates its former longstanding President Richard Owen for being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to business in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Upon his retirement late last year, Mr Owen had served ExxonMobil for more than 37 years. During his career he held senior executive positions across Australia, the USA, Germany and Indonesia, including as Chairman of ExxonMobil Australia from 2013-2019.

Mr Owen also served on the AREEA Board from 2015-2020, including as President from 2017-2020.

“AREEA welcomes today’s recognition of Richard Owen’s contribution to Australia’s resources and energy sector across nearly four decades,” Steve Knott AM, Chief Executive of AREEA, said.

“Richard was highly successful in leading ExxonMobil Australia, a huge contributor to Australian employment, energy supply and royalty revenues for over 120 years. He also gave a great deal back to the industry through his involvement with AREEA and other representative groups.

“AREEA was incredibly thankful to have Mr Owen’s leadership during his five-year tenure on the AREEA Board, three of which he served as President.”

Mr Owen’s passion for the contribution of the resources and energy industry to Australia’s way of life is evident in this 2018 AREEA Centenary Video.

AREEA also recognises the following recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the minerals and mining sector:

  • Dr Vanessa Guthrie (AO)
  • Ms Julie Shuttleworth (AM)
  • Mr Keith Yates (AM)
  • Mr Owen Hegarty (OAM)
  • Mrs Kathryn Stokes (OAM)

Vanessa Guthrie AO is widely recognised for her executive leadership of various companies and organisations in the resources sector, including Toro Energy and AREEA members Santos and Woodside.

Julie Shuttleworth AM is Deputy CEO at AREEA member company Fortescue Metals Group. She is also CEO of Fortescue Future Industries – the subsidiary leading the company’s renewable energy and green hydrogen project.

Owen Hegarty OAM is Executive Chairman of AREEA member company EMR Capital and has contributed to the Australian and global mining industries for more than 40 years.

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