LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Oct. 29, 2013) -
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It is with great regret that Heritage Oil Plc (TSX:HOC) (LSE:HOIL), has to report that General Sir Michael Wilkes KCB, CBE, has passed away. He had been a Non-Executive Director of the Company since its listing in the UK in 2008.
General Sir Michael Wilkes served in the British Army for 35 years, retiring in 1995 as Adjutant General and Middle East Adviser to the British Government on defence matters. As Adjutant General, Sir Michael was the most senior administrative officer within the Army. During his distinguished career, he saw active service across the world while also commanding at every level from Platoon to Field Army, including commanding the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment and serving as the Director of Special Forces. In addition, he held a number of senior staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence, including membership of the Army Board. On leaving the Army in 1995 he was appointed Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of Jersey, where he served until retiring in 2000.
Throughout his military and corporate career he gained extensive commercial and corporate governance experience which led to his appointment as non-executive director for many private and public companies.
As well as being Senior Independent Director, Sir Michael was a member of the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee and Anti-Bribery and Corruption Committee. The Nomination Committee will seek to appoint a new Non-Executive Director in due course and there will be a review of Committee membership. Consideration will also be given for the appropriate candidate to fulfil the role of Senior Independent Director.
Tony Buckingham, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of General Sir Michael Wilkes who was a tremendous asset to our Company. Sir Michael was an honourable man with a highly distinguished military career and will be remembered as a man of the highest integrity. On behalf of the Board and our staff, we extend our condolences to his wife and children."
Notes to Editors
- Heritage is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. The trading symbol is HOIL. Heritage has a further listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:HOC).
- Heritage is an independent upstream exploration and production company engaged in the exploration for, and the development, production and acquisition of, oil and gas internationally.
- Heritage has producing assets in Nigeria and Russia and exploration assets in Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Malta, Libya and Pakistan.
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