Prior to Afren Plc’s Annual General Meeting, Egbert Imomoh, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and each of the non-executive directors – Toby Hayward, Patrick Obath, Sheree Bryant and Iain McLaren –notified the company that they would not stand for reelection at the Annual General Meeting scheduled on June 25. As a result, they will stand down as Directors of the Company with effect from the close of the AGM. David C. L. Frauman will join the Board as Non-Executive Chairman with immediate effect following the close of the AGM.
David has been working closely with Afren over the past months assisting the company in its restructuring as a consultant. He has over 35 years of experience as a restructuring lawyer, having retired as a partner of Allen & Overy LLP in 2009. Since that time David has held a number of board positions in a range of companies. David Thomas, who was recently appointed Chief Operating Officer, will be joining the board as Executive Director. He has over 35 years of experience in a variety of executive and operational roles in the international oil and gas industry.
The composition of the various Board committees will be reviewed shortly. The process of recruitment to strengthen the Board of Afren further is ongoing. In the meantime, the departing directors will be available to contribute to a smooth handover process. Egbert Imomoh, Executive Chairman of Afren commented: “The past year has been an extremely challenging period for Afren. The Board has worked tirelessly to steady the ship and preserve the strong foundations on which Afren’s success was built.
I would like to thank all the departing directors for their support and leadership in this process. This has been a deeply touching journey for me personally, having seen Afren grow, and I am leaving the company with a clear plan for its bright future.” Alan Linn, CEO of Afren commented: “I would like to thank Egbert, on behalf of Afren and all its stakeholders, for his leadership and guidance over the past 10 years, as one of the founders of Afren, and more recently through the process of restructuring and refinancing. His intimate knowledge and deep understanding of the business have been invaluable to Afren. I would also like to extend my thanks to each of the directors whose support was instrumental to Afren’s leadership.