Peter Lellis

President & CEO

Peter Lellis has 33 years of experience in upstream E&P projects spanning exploration, development and production optimization in the US and International locations.  Mr. Lellis started his career as a geophysicist with Conoco and progressed to subsurface and asset management positions.

Prior to founding Advance Energy Partners with his partners, Mr. Lellis was President of CHR Energy Partners, LLC, a Private Equity and advisory firm.  As President of CHR Energy, his primary responsibilities included sourcing, evaluating, and operating Oil and Gas portfolio investments.  In this role, Mr. Lellis developed extensive knowledge of the US and Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions markets.

Previously, Mr. Lellis spent 29 years at ConocoPhillips in various E&P technical and managerial roles. His areas of expertise included exploration, geophysics, economics, risking, production optimization, development planning, and asset management.  Mr. Lellis was Chief Geophysicist for US onshore for five years.

He managed large international development projects in Iraq, Venezuela and the Caspian Sea.  Other projects worked were in US onshore, Alaska, GOM, Venezuela, Iraq, Russia, Caspian, Kuwait, North Sea, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Uzbekistan, and Egypt. While on assignment in Moscow, Mr. Lellis developed a corporate Production Optimization process for Lukoil Overseas.

Additionally, Mr. Lellis was Senior Vice President of International Exploration and Production for SK E&P Company. He oversaw a variety of projects including defining and executing the upstream M&A strategy and managing exploration activities in the Americas. Mr. Lellis was also responsible for building and managing a global technical center of excellence composed of 35 exploration, production, drilling and commercial professionals.

Mr. Lellis received his Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from State University of New York. He also studied Geophysics at Stanford University. Mr. Lellis is an Advisory Member of the Stanford Petroleum Investment Fund and Past Chairman of the Houston Angel Network Energy Group, which leads investments in early stage O&G technology companies.