Board Strengthened with Addition of World-Class Proven Oil and Gas Finders
BOGOTA, Colombia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GeoPark Limited (“GeoPark” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GPRK), a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator, today announced that, based on a final vote count certified by the Inspector of Elections, GeoPark shareholders reelected all the Directors that were standing for reelection to serve a term ending at the 2023 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. In addition to the five reelected Directors, shareholders elected four new members to the Board.
Results of Annual General Meeting
The five reelected Directors were elected with a margin of 77% of the votes cast, on average, with a total of 65% of shares represented by proxies at the meeting. The two new Independent Directors and the two new executive Directors were each elected with a 99% majority of the votes cast. All the proposed Resolutions passed. The vote count is final and has been certified by the Inspector of Elections. Additional information regarding the results of the 2022 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will be available in a report on Form 6-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and posted on GeoPark’s website, www.geo-park.com.
The elected Directors are:
- Sylvia Escovar, Director and Chair
- James F. Park, Director, co-founder and Vice-Chair
- Robert Bedingfield, Director
- Constantin Papadimitriou, Director
- Somit Varma, Director
- Brian F. Maxted, New Director
- Carlos E. Macellari, New Director
- Andres Ocampo, CEO and New Director
- Marcela Vaca, New Director
Two New Independent Directors with Broad Technical Expertise and Impressive Track Records
Two new Independent Directors, Brian F. Maxted and Carlos E. Macellari, were elected to the Board. They are world-class executives and well-known international oil and gas finders and developers.
Brian F. Maxted holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Sheffield and a master’s degree in organic geochemistry and petrology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Mr. Maxted is a proven oil and gas finder, private equity entrepreneur and public company leader in the upstream E&P business, with a global track record of significant basin and play discoveries over 30 years. His illustrious career includes work for BP, Hess and Triton Energy. His work for BP included locations as diverse as Europe, Africa, North America and South America, where he was involved in the discovery of Colombia’s giant Cusiana and Cupiagua oil fields in the early 1990s. In 2003, Mr. Maxted became a founding partner and later the CEO/CXO and board member of Kosmos Energy. Under his guidance, the company made the large Jubilee Field discovery offshore Ghana as well as the giant Tortue gas find offshore Mauritania/Senegal. Mr. Maxted retired from Kosmos in 2019 and established Limatus Energy Advisory Limited to provide strategic counsel to upstream E&P companies. In addition, he led the formation of Lapis Energy, a company focused on carbon solutions in the US Lower 48, as well as in the UK/EU and Asia-Pacific, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board.
Carlos E. Macellari holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina, and a master´s degree and a PhD in geology from Ohio State University. He has over 30 years of successful exploration, development and management experience in the oil and gas industry across several continents, at Tecpetrol, Repsol YPF, Hocol, Benton Oil & Gas, Enron Oil & Gas International and Pecten International (Shell Oil). Importantly, Dr. Macellari led the subsurface team responsible for making Fortin de Piedra the largest gas producing block in Argentina, and the discovery and development of the Pendare Field in Colombia. As Worldwide Director of Geology, he also led the technical group behind Repsol’s exploration success in locations such as Libya, Algeria, Pre-Salt Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, Venezuela and Peru. He has published over 40 technical papers and has been guest lecturer in numerous international forums. Since 2020, Dr. Macellari has served as a board member of Inverban, Tecpetrol Investments, Tecpetrol Servicios and Suizum.
Two New Experienced Executive Directors
Two new executive Directors join the Board: Andres Ocampo, CEO, and Marcela Vaca, General Director. Mr. Ocampo will contribute his substantial experience in GeoPark and ensure consistency in the execution of its strategy as CEO. Marcela Vaca is stepping away from her role as General Director to join the Board full-time and contribute her considerable legal and regulatory experience in Colombia.
Mr. Ocampo holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Universidad Catolica Argentina, has more than 17 years of experience in business and finance and served as our Chief Financial Officer from November 2013 to June 2022. He joined GeoPark in 2010 and was the Director of Growth and Capital from January 2011 through October 2013. Mr. Ocampo has been instrumental in helping GeoPark reach some of its greatest milestones, including its entry into Colombia and Brazil, the IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, the acquisition of Amerisur Resources and the recent significant acreage expansion in Colombia. Our Board of Directors appointed Mr. Ocampo to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective as of July 1, 2022, by virtue of his wide experience in business management and finance together with his character, vision, and knowledge of the Company and his proven ability to lead successful teams. Before joining the Company, Mr. Ocampo worked at Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and Citigroup, focusing on the oil and gas and commodities industries.
GeoPark General Director Mrs. Vaca graduated in Law with a specialization in Commercial Law from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and was a Fulbright Scholar with a Summa Cum Laude Master (LL. M.) from Georgetown University. She is a Colombian executive with more than 20 years of experience in planning, legal, environmental and social articulation and management of hydrocarbon exploration and production projects in Colombia and other countries in the region. Mrs. Vaca joined GeoPark in 2012 and has extensive experience in the Colombian oil and gas sector. She is ranked by Bloomberg Linea as one of the 500 most influential people in Latin America. In 2020, 2021 and 2022 Forbes named her as one of the 50 most powerful women in Colombia. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Colombian Oil Association (Asociacion Colombiana de Petroleo) for more than 10 years and served as Chair in 2021.
Sylvia Escovar, Independent Chair of GeoPark’s Board of Directors, said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank GeoPark shareholders for supporting both existing and incoming Board members. The new Independent Directors, with years of hands-on technical experience and proven know-how in finding oil and developing upstream oil & gas companies internationally, will help GeoPark balance the multiple challenges of growth, returns and the energy transition. The new Executive Directors will strengthen the Board immeasurably by ensuring the smooth execution of the Board’s strategy.”
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