Afren Plc, a London-based independent oil and gas company, has announced that Darra Comyn has given notice of his resignation as Group Finance Director of the company, and that David Thomas has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) with effect from June 8, 2015.
The company said that following Comyn’s resignation, he will not be proposed for re-election at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting, and that it will begin a search for a Chief Financial Officer. Comyn has agreed to remain as an employee of the company until the re-structuring closes and while the search for his successor continues. It is expected that Comyn will leave the company in the summer, Afren said.
Egbert Imomoh, Executive Chairman of Afren commented: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Darra for his contributions to Afren, particularly during the recent difficult times. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”
As for David Thomas, the new COO, the company says that he has over 35 years’ executive and operational experience in the international oil and gas industry, including Petroceltic International, Melrose Resources, Centurion Energy, Eni SpA, and LASMO plc. He started his career with Conoco UK.
Alan Linn, Chief Executive Officer of Afren said: “I am delighted to welcome Dave into Afren’s senior executive team. He brings with him a wealth of operational experience and an outstanding reputation for delivering results. I am looking forward to working closely with Dave and the rest of the Afren team as we reshape the Afren business, focusing primarily upon delivering production and development results in Nigeria, and re-balancing our exploration portfolio.”