Appointment of Regional Directors

Ophir Energy plc (“Ophir” or “the Company”) announces that it has appointed, Dr John Bell to the position of Director – Asia and Dr Oliver Quinn to the position of Director – Africa and Global New Ventures.

Both John and Oliver start their new roles with immediate effect, reporting directly to Chief Operating Officer Dr Bill Higgs, and will be responsible for maximising the value of the assets and growing Ophir’s footprint in their respective regions.

John, who will be based in Bangkok, was previously General Manager of Ophir’s Thai business having joined Ophir as part of the acquisition of Salamander Energy in 2015. John has over 35 years’ experience in the global upstream oil and gas business having worked for BP, LASMO and Hess prior to joining Salamander Energy. John holds a PhD on Geological Sciences from Durham University and an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

Oliver, who will be based in London, joined Ophir in 2013 and his most recent role was Director – New Business. Oliver has over 15 years industry experience having started his career with Shell before moving to Fairfield Energy and Hess. Oliver has a BSc in Geology, a PhD in Petroleum Geoscience and is an alumni of London Business School.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of John and Oliver to their new roles. By consolidating the regional directors and new business roles we have also been able to reduce costs as we continue to align the business for the current commodity price environment. Both John and Oliver are extremely capable individuals with a wealth of experience who are well placed to ensure that we maximise value creation from our assets in their respective regions.”

Bill Higgs Chief Operating Officer


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