Endeavour announced that John G. Williams, executive vice president - exploration, will retire effective September 30, 2010. Since joining Endeavour in 2007, he has been a member of the company's executive committee assigned to the company's London office as head of exploration. He will continue his association with the company in a consulting capacity throughout the remainder of the year.
In conjunction with the retirement of Williams, the company announces that it will combine its UK exploration and operations teams into a single operating group. Carl D. Grenz, currently executive vice president of operations, will assume responsibility for all UK operations as executive vice president - international and continue to serve on the company's executive management committee.
As part of the reorganization of the UK operations, Endeavour named Jim Munns to the new role of Director of Regulatory Affairs, expanding on his previous responsibilities with DECC and other regulatory groups relevant to Endeavour's efforts in the North Sea. Nick Terrell will become Director of Exploration responsible for the company's exploration activities in the UK. Both will report directly to Mr. Grenz.
The company also announced that it will form a new committee of the board entitled "Technology and Reserves." The committee, chaired by John N. Seitz, vice chairman and co-founder of Endeavour, will support the board providing increased focus on emerging technologies in the upstream industry and oversight of the company's reserve evaluation and reporting processes.
William L. Transier, chairman, chief executive officer and president, said, "John Williams has played a key role in helping the company build its presence in the North Sea. His exploration expertise and knowledge of the region have been invaluable as we developed an effective strategy for managing our portfolio in the region. John has been an important member of our executive team, and we wish him the very best during his retirement.
Carl Grenz has tremendous experience in managing new developments in the North Sea. Under our new geographic organization and with Carl's leadership, Endeavour will continue to focus on production and growth in the UK."
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