Our People

Our People

In France, Vermilion is a dynamic and growing company that employs nearly 500 people (direct and indirect jobs). 

Vermilion strives to attract and retain the best talent, and to create a great place to work –because the best technologies only reach their potential through the efforts of the best teams. Focused on continuous improvement, Vermilion ensures our employees have the benefit of our comprehensive human resources policies and practices, notably through a confidential annual employee satisfaction survey.

We owe these numerous recognitions to the active involvement of our talented team, and to our ability to offer our employees and subcontractors a stimulating work environment in which the values of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and team spirit are just as important as the resources we extract from the subsurface. 

Gerard Schut

P. Eng Vice President of European Operations

Gerard Schut, P.Eng, is the Vice President of European Operations.  With over 25 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry, he has strong knowledge of HSE, subsurface, operations, asset development, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Vermilion, he was General Manager of Chevron’s E&P business in The Netherlands, responsible for business development and production activities offshore.  There he successfully increased the gross production of 795 m3 (795,000 liters) per day in 2005 to 3,975 m3 (3,975,000 liters) per day in 2011, and led the acquisition and development of the first shallow gas development in the North Sea.  During his ten years with Unocal in Thailand, Gerard successfully introduced new drilling techniques (slimhole drilling, with monobore completion), reducing investment costs and improving recovery efficiency.  As asset manager, he initiated the fast track appraisal and development of the Plamuk, Surat and Yala oil reservoirs in the area around Platong, with production rates reaching over 7,950 m3 (7,950,000 liters) per day.  Gerard holds a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Delft University (1986) and a Bachelor’s degree from Henley, The Management College, Brunel University (1996). 

Bill Liutkus

Managing Director France

Mr. Liutkus has 23 years of diverse domestic and international experience primarily focused in engineering and operations. Mr. Liutkus started with Vermilion in Canada in 2006, first as a Drilling Engineer, where he had international responsibility for efficient planning and execution of development and exploration drilling projects in Australia, France and the Netherlands, before progressing to Drilling and Completions Manager. Mr. Liutkus was appointed Managing Director, France Business Unit in October 2021. Prior to that he held the role of Managing Director, Germany Business unit and previously as Manager, European Technical Services where he worked closely with the European Business Units to ensure that all Drilling and Completion operations and Asset Integrity were managed to meet HSE, operating and budget expectations. Prior to joining Vermilion, he worked in well engineering roles with Chevron and Suncor.     

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