Wentworth announced that Mr. Richard (Rick) Schmitt has been appointed as a non-executive Director of the company and that Mr. Michael Jansa has offered his resignation as a Director of the Company.
Mr. Schmitt was previously Chief Executive Officer of Afren EAX, the East African subsidiary of Afren plc. Prior to the acquisition of Black Marlin Energy Limited ("BMEL") by Afren, Mr. Schmitt was President & CEO and Director of BMEL where he led the company's IPO and subsequent listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Schmitt is a past president of Africa Oil, and former President and General Manager of Occidental Petroleum (Yemen). Mr. Schmitt also holds Directorship in Tyner Resources, Newton Energy and Canadian Overseas Petroleum.
Bob McBean, Wentworth Chairman and CEO, said, "I would like to thank Michael Jansa for his past support and his understanding and appreciation of the need for Wentworth to add upstream management experience to its Board of Directors. Michael has provided strong support and guidance to the Company and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for that.
On behalf of myself and the other Directors of Wentworth, I would like to welcome Rick Schmitt to the Board. Mr. Schmitt brings to the Company over 30 years of proven upstream oil and gas experience with a number of those years spent in Wentworth's core area of East Africa."
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