Maple Energy appointed Michel Meeùs and Gerardo Sepúlveda to the Board as Non-Executive Directors

– PERU, Lima / UK, London – Maple Energy plc (AIM: MPLE; LIMA: MPLE), an integrated energy company with assets in Peru, announces the resignation of Mr. Tony L. Hines from his position as executive director and officer of the Company and the resignation of Mr. Ricardo Vega Llona from his position as non-executive director of the Company with effect as from September 4, 2014. 

Mr. Hines will continue to serve as General Manager of Maple Gas Corporation del Perú S.R.L. and Mr. Vega Llona will continue to serve as director of The Maple Companies, Limited, both of which are subsidiaries of Maple. Mr. Vega Llona will also remain active with the Company’s board as an observer.

The Company is also pleased to announce that Mr. Michel Meeùs and MrGerardo Sepúlveda have been appointed to serve as directors on the Company’s Board with effect from 4September 2014. Mr. Meeùs and Mr. Sepúlveda will serve as non-executive directors.

About Michel Meeùs

Mr. Meeùs, 62, has been a Director of Alcogroup S.A. and Alcogroup Holding since 2007, a company engaged in the sales of biofuel with over $1 billion of annual sales. He also serves as Managing Director of Alcodis S.A. (through Solis Mngt S.A.), a 100% subsidiary of Alcogroup S.A., which is a biofuel leader in the EU with a turnover of over € 420 million in 2013. He is also on the Board of Alcobiofuels SA since 2013, a company producing 200,000 cbm per annum of ethanol.  Mr. Meeùs was appointed as a Director of Cadogan Petroleum in 2014 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Theolia SA, a company based in France engaging in the wind energy business with operations in Germany, France, Morocco and Italy. His career started at Chase Manhattan, in Brussels and London, as a corporate financier. Thereafter he moved to Security Pacific Bank in London and subsequently worked as a Managing Director in Private Equity with Electra Kingsway. Mr. Meeùs will bring strong expertise in both the Ethanol industry and Finance. He holds a Diplome d’Humanités Greco Latines from College St. Michel and is graduated from l’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lille.

About Gerardo Sepúlveda

Mr. Sepúlveda, 49, is a founding partner of First Capital Inversiones y Asesorías Ltda., an investment banking boutique based in Santiago, Lima and Miami and has led transactions valued in excess of US$5 billion dollars.  He is co-founding partner of Latin America Enterprise Fund Managers, LLC, a Miami-based company that manages approximately US$400 million invested exclusively in Colombia’s oil, gas and forestry industries and was also a co-founding partner of The Latin America Enterprise Fund I & II which had approximately US$500 million under management, with offices in Chile, Brazil, Peru and Mexico.  He has also served as Deputy to the CEO of Nueva Management Ltd., the Latin American investment vehicle of the Schmidheiny Group of Switzerland with assets under management in excess of US$1 billion. Mr. Sepúlveda has served as Board Member of various companies in the South American region and has been the Past President Chile of the US Chamber of Commerce. He holds a DPA from the Escuela de Negocios de Valparaiso, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Santiago, Chile, and a BA and CPA from Universidad de Santiago de Chile.  

Carlos Palacios Rey, Chairman of Maple, commented: “We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of two new outstanding directors in Michel Meeus and Ricardo Sepúlveda. The addition of these two experienced and highly-competent business leaders is a strong step towards the Company bolstering its current position and executing on seeking optimal outcomes currently available to the Company. While we are grateful to Tony and Ricardo for their dedication, contribution and commitment to the Company and sorry to lose them as directors, we look forward to working with them on an ongoing basis in their alternative roles.”

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