Mitchell has more than 35 years experience in the international oil and gas industry with an exceptional success record in acreage evaluation, acquisition, block management, exploration and drilling operations leading to petroleum discoveries.
"We are extremely pleased to have someone of Jeff's calibre join the Quest Board," managing director Anthony Milewski said.
"Jeff has enjoyed a highly successful and enduring career in the oil and gas industry, with extensive experience in managing operations throughout the world. He has an outstanding track record in identifying, evaluating and securing new projects, leading to numerous economic discoveries"
Mitchell was most recently the chief operation officer and director for Vanco Energy Corporation (now PanAtlantic Exploration Company) where he oversaw their operations in West Africa, Ukraine and South America from 2003 to 2012.
This role included the evaluation and acquisition of numerous offshore licences.
Prior to joining Vanco, Mitchell was general manager international for Denver-based Barrett Resources Corporation where he led the international exploration and production team in the successful identification and acquisition of several licenses in Peru, resulting in the discovery of significant recoverable oil reserves.
In that role he managed the acquisition and operation of new venture projects throughout Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Vietnam.
This included successful drilling programs and significant discoveries in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
Mitchell was subsequently appointed general manager of BHP's Australia division where he was responsible for leading the Exploration Department in operating BHP's properties in Australia, overseeing successful drilling programs and multiple discoveries.
He started his career as a geologist for Phillips Petroleum Company, with several international assignments, including Colombia, Iran, Indonesia and London, and management appointments including europe exploration manager and vice president Europe-Africa-Middle East exploration.
Throughout his career, he has worked in operations throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America.
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