InterOil Corporation has appointed Dr Ellis Armstrong, former Chief Financial Officer of BP Group's global exploration and production business, as a non-executive director.
Dr Armstrong, 57, is also a non-executive director of Lamprell plc, a diversified engineering and contracting company that is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and Lloyds Register.
InterOil Chairman Chris Finlayson said Dr Armstrong, who would join the board from 1 January 2015, had more than 30 years of international oil and gas experience covering strategy and operations, major integrations, acquisitions and disposals and government relations.
In a long career with BP, Dr Armstrong ran the company's technology group, was the group's Commercial Director and had senior operational roles in the Caribbean and Latin America, Venezuela, Alaska and the North Sea.
He was BP's representative on advisory boards to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Institute of Americas, and was executive sponsor of BP's relationship with Imperial College, London.
Dr Armstrong, a civil engineer from Imperial College, also has a business degree from Stanford University.
Mr Finlayson said Dr Armstrong had a deep background in operational, technical, commercial and financial roles.
"He brings particular strength in analysis, has run significant businesses and regions for BP, and has had considerable exposure to BP's audit committee," Mr Finlayson said.
"Dr Armstrong is an ideal appointment as we continue to transform InterOil into a leading oil and gas explorer and developer in the Asia-Pacific.
"His skills and experience will be invaluable as we continue development of the Elk-Antelope LNG project in Papua New Guinea."
Adapted from press release by Joe Green
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