Vanco Energy Company

July 06, 2005 02:00 ET

Vanco Energy Company Announces Board Appointments

HOUSTON, Texas--(CCNMatthews - Jul 6, 2005) -

Vanco Energy Company, an independent oil and gas company founded by Gene Van Dyke which is engaged in deepwater exploration offshore Africa, announces the appointment of John Bentley as non-executive Vice Chairman and Nigel Moore as non-executive Director.

John Bentley has over 30 years experience in the natural resources business and for the last 12 years has worked in the upstream oil and gas industry in Africa. He has served in senior management positions for Gencor, the South African mining group, including a period as CEO of Gencor's Brazilian gold mining operations. He joined Engen and was subsequently responsible for the formation of Energy Africa. He served as CEO of Energy Africa for five years and was responsible for its listing on the Johannesburg stock exchange. He founded Osprey Oil & Gas in 2001 and is a non-executive Director of Adastra Minerals.

Nigel Moore spent 30 years as a London-based Partner with Ernst & Young. From 1996 until his departure from Ernst & Young in 2003, Nigel's focus was on the oil and gas industry. He was Client Service Partner to the BP/Mobil Joint Venture in Europe and also worked with a range of upstream oil and gas companies including Premier Oil plc, Dana Petroleum plc, Burren Energy plc, JKX Oil and Gas plc, Amerada Hess, Norsk Hydro and Gaz de France. Nigel is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee of The Vitec Group plc and Chairman of the AIM-listed company Teg Environmental plc.

Gene Van Dyke, Chairman of Vanco Energy Company, said:

"We're delighted to welcome John and Nigel to the Board of Vanco. Vanco has a fifty year heritage and a management team with a wealth of experience in the international oil and gas industry. The team also has operational and finance experience within, in particular, the political, commercial, operating and regulatory environments in developing countries, particularly those in Africa. These appointments, following the recent appointment of John Imle as President, add further strength and experience to the team."

Vanco Energy Company has recently re-incorporated in Delaware. The board of the Company now comprises:

Gene Van Dyke Chairman
John Imle President
John Gorman Chief Financial Officer
John Bentley Non-Executive Vice Chairman
Nigel Moore Non-Executive Director

Notes to Editors

Vanco Energy Company is a Houston-based independent oil and gas company engaged in international exploration and operations. The company is a leading deepwater explorer in offshore Africa with over 17 million acres under license in Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Madagascar and Morocco.

Contact Information

  • Vanco Energy Company, Houston
    John Imle, President +1 713-877-8544
    College Hill
    Ben Brewerton or Jim Joseph, 020 7457 2020