January 22, 2010 11:20 ET

Appointment of New Independent Director to Circumpacific Energy Corporation Board

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2010) - Circumpacific Energy Corporation (TSX VENTURE:CER) (Circumpacific) Chairman Jim McKerlie announced the appointment today of a new non-executive director, Keith Skipper, to the Circumpacific Board. This appointment ensures that a minimum of two directors are independent of management and, importantly, independent of Drillsearch Energy Limited, Circumpacific's major shareholder.

Keith is a seasoned and successful global explorationist, public company executive and corporate non-executive director with over 35 years of diverse industry experiences. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in geology from Reading University (U.K.) and a M.Sc. (Geology) from McMaster University (Ontario) and is a registered Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Keith has held supervisory, management, executive and board positions with several TSX and ASX listed public companies and, in addition to his international expertise, has extensive experience in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. His early career was formulated with AMOCO, with subsequent appointments with Bridge Oil Limited in Australia, and then PanCanadian Petroleum Limited and Antrim Energy Limited in Calgary. He has been a non-executive Director of Hedong Energy Inc., and a non-executive Director of Avery Resources Limited. He is presently a non-executive Director of the publicly listed companies Rawson Resources Limited, and Samson Oil and Gas Limited.

Keith's memberships include the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.

Mr McKerlie said "Keith, being a dual citizen of both Canada and Australia and having worked extensively in both the Canadian and Australian Oil and Gas markets, is an ideal appointment to the Circumpacific board with it's geographically spread asset base".

The full board now comprises Jim McKerlie (Chair), Brad Lingo (CEO), Malcolm Lennox, Chris Carty and Keith Skipper.

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