Vast Exploration announced the appointment of General (Ret'd) Jay Garner as Chairman of the board of directors.
Mr. Stan Bharti, commented, "We are delighted to add General Garner back to the board of directors. Jay has been recently serving as an advisor to the Company, and his guidance has been invaluable over the past several years. We look forward to Jay's leadership and distinguished experience as we move forward to the next phase of the Kurdistan project."
General Garner's military career culminated with his being Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army. In January 2003, General Garner was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to organize and direct the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) for post-war Iraq. In 1991, General Garner was appointed Commanding General, Joint Task Force Bravo for Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq. Under his leadership, a coalition of American, British, French and Italian forces provided humanitarian relief assistance to the Iraqi Kurds.
The Company is also pleased to announce that it has appointed Neil Said as the Corporate Secretary of the Company. Mr. Neil Said is a corporate securities lawyer who works as a legal consultant to various TSX and TSX Venture listed companies in the mining and oil & gas industries. Mr. Neil Said previously worked as a securities lawyer at a large Toronto corporate law firm. He obtained his JD degree from the University of Toronto and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. In connection with his appointment, Mr. Said has been granted 200,000 stock options to purchase the same number of common shares of the Company at a price of $0.16 per option exercised. The stock options, and any shares issued on exercise thereof, will be subject to a four month statutory hold period.
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