Six years ago, Miguel Galuccio first brought Chevron Corp. to Argentina’s Vaca Muerta, or “Dead Cow”, rock formation.

Now, as CEO of independent producer Vista Oil & Gas SAB de CV, the 51-year-old is blazing a trail for rivals and still pushing Argentina to replicate the success of the U.S. shale boom.

Vista last month raised $100 million on the New York Stock Exchange, weeks after becoming the first company to export shale oil from Vaca Muerta, billed as the most promising shale oil and gas basin outside the U.S.

“Investors move in packs, and packs always have a leader,” said the petroleum engineer who used to run state-controlled energy company YPF SA.

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