Executive Officers

David L. French

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. French, most recently served as President and CEO of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., a Calgary-based publicly-traded oil and gas company with operations in Southeastern Europe. Mr. French successfully led the operational and commercial growth of the enterprise over his tenure. He has worked a wide range of reservoir rock types, and primary, secondary and tertiary development throughout Canada, the lower 48 United States and Europe. Prior to joining Bankers in 2013, Mr. French held several executive roles at Apache Corporation including Regional Production Manager for the western Canadian business, and Global Vice President of Business Development. Earlier in his career Mr. French worked for McKinsey & Co. in energy consulting and built his career in the Permian Basin for Amoco Production Company (now BP). Mr. French holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  

David A. Dyck

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

David Dyck has 30 years of experience in senior financial and leadership roles within the Canadian energy industry and brings to Penn West a proven value creation track record.

Prior to joining Penn West in May 2014, David was the CFO of a private energy company, which focused on developing natural gas conversion projects combined with in-situ coal gasification. From 2009 to 2012, David served as President and COO of an international public company, where he reorganize and refocus exploration efforts worldwide. David founded and ran a capital advisory firm from 2007 to 2009 which completed over $1 billion in financing and restructuring transactions. From 2000 to 2007, David was SVP, Finance and CFO of a Calgary-based oil sands company. While there, David was instrumental in growing the company from inception to a company with a market capitalization in excess of $6 billion with 70 employees. In 2007, the company was eventually sold through a $7.1 billion plan of arrangement.

Gregg Gegunde

Senior Vice President Exploitation, Production & Delivery

Gregg is a Professional Engineer and an engineering graduate of the University of Calgary with more than 20 years of oil and natural gas industry experience and project management.  He joined Penn West in 1998 and was Manager, Southern Plains Production from 2002 to 2005, Vice President, Development 2005 to 2009, Vice President, Production Engineering until 2011 when he was moved to his current position responsible for field production operations and production engineering.