– TANZANIA, Dar es Salaam – Orca Exploration Group Inc. (TSX: ORC.A | ORC.B), operator of the Songo Songo gas field in Tanzania, today announced that David Ross has been appointed to the role of Chairman of the Board. David currently holds the position of Non-Executive Director at Orca.
In addition, Frannie Leautier, Ebbie Haan and Carole Wainaina have been appointed as Non-Executive Directors, subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval, effective September 3, 2019. The new Non-Executive Directors join the Company as two of Orca’s existing Non-Executive Directors, William Smith and Glenn Gradeen, step down from the Board effective September 3, 2019.
David Ross, newly appointed Chairman of Orca commented: “We are delighted to welcome Frannie, Ebbie and Carole to the Board of Orca. They bring a wealth of experience, across multiple disciplines, at what is an exciting time for the Company. With these new appointments, Orca is well placed to deliver long term value for our shareholders through careful capital management, the development of our operations in Tanzania and possible strategic transactions. Ebbie will join Jay Lyons and Linda Beal on the special committee that has been established to conduct the strategic review with the assistance and advice of RBC.
Finally, I would like to thank William Smith and Glenn Gradeen for their significant contribution to the Company over the years and for their invaluable guidance on corporate and operational issues”.
About Dr Frannie Leautier
Frannie has extensive African development and project finance experience. She is the Chief Operating Officer for the Trade and Development Bank, a NED of African Risk Capacity and Treasurer and Chair for the Risk and Audit Committee for the African Economic Research Consortium. She amassed significant experience delivering on infrastructure projects at the World Bank before being appointed Vice President and Head of the World Bank Institute in 2001. More recently she was Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank with a focus on improving operational effectiveness and developmental impact. She is Tanzanian, has a PhD in Infrastructure and a Masters degree in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is proficient in four languages.
About Ebbie Haan
Ebbie has 36 years of industry experience in global oil and gas and energy markets. He has a track record of successfully growing and running international upstream ventures, with a particular emphasis on Africa.
Ebbie was the Chief Growth Officer at Maersk Oil where he led their acquisition of a partial interest in Africa Oil’s Kenyan and Ethiopian assets. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Sasol Petroleum International, based in Johannesburg overseeing the Sasol Group global upstream business including their five equity interests in Africa. Ebbie started his career at Royal Dutch Shell where he worked for 26 years in both technical and executive roles, with assignments in the Middle East, Europe, USA, Asia and Africa.
Ebbie is currently a NED of The Weir Group PLC. and is also a part-time lecturer for the Energy Leadership course at Wits Business School in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is Dutch and has a MSc in Geology from Utrecht State University in the Netherlands.
About Carole Wainaina
Carole is a well-respected senior executive with global experience in strategy formulation and driving organizational change. She currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer for Africa50 Infrastructure Fund in Morocco. Prior to this, she served as the Assistant Secretary General for Human Resources of the United Nations, leading transformational initiatives for the Secretary General and member states. She has held senior positions for multinational corporations in Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. She served for three years on the Executive Committee of Royal Philips as Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer and thirteen years at the Coca Cola Company in several positions including as Chief of Staff of the Chairman and Group HR Director Eurasia and Africa.
Carole is Kenyan and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
About Orca Exploration Group Inc.
Orca is an international public company engaged in natural gas exploration, development and supply in Tanzania through its subsidiary PanAfrican Energy Tanzania Limited. Orca trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbols ORC.A and ORC.B.
For more information: http://www.orcaexploration.com
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