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Ophir Energy restructures Board

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With effect from the 30th April 2016, Nicholas (Nic) Smith will be retiring as a Director after 9 years on Ophir’s Board, the past 7 of which he served as Chairman.

William (Bill) Schrader has been chosen to succeed Nic as Chairman, effective 30 April 2016. Bill has over 30 years’ experience working at BP plc, including as Chief Executive of several country operations, as President of the Azerbaijan International Operating Company.

Bill will join the Nominations Committee with immediate effect and will assume the position of Chairman of the Nominations Committee as of 30 April 2016. At that time Bill will step down from the Audit Committee and will resign as the Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee but will continue as a member of this committee. Dr Carol Bell will replace Bill as Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee, again also with effect from the 30 of April 2016.

Ronald (Ron) Blakely has notified the Board of his intention not to stand for re-election as a Non-Executive Director of Ophir at the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Ron will consequently be stepping down from his roles as Senior Independent Director, as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and will retire as a Director, all in 1Q17.

Following a review of the Board, the Board has decided that the role of Chief Financial Officer will be elevated to that of an Executive Director. Consequently, Anthony (Tony) Rouse, Ophir’s Chief Financial Officer, will become an Executive Director with immediate effect. Tony joined Ophir in October 2014, and has over 30 years’ experience in the Upstream Oil and Gas industry including 13 years of assignments in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

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