Appointment of Independent Non-Executive Director
11 November 2019
Solo Oil plc
("Solo" or "the Company")
Appointment of highly experienced Independent Non-Executive Director ahead of relaunch as Scirocco Energy
Solo (AIM: SOLO), a gas-focused production and development company targeting attractive growth opportunities within the European gas market, is pleased to announce the further strengthening of its Board of Directors, with the appointment of Mr Don Nicolson as an Independent Non-Executive Director, effective immediately.
Mr Nicolson is a senior business leader with over 35 years' experience in the oil, gas, mining and natural stone sectors. He has held multiple Board and senior executive roles both in the UK and internationally.
This included 26 years with BP where he ran oil and gas businesses in the UK, United States and Canada. Key roles included Director North Sea where he was accountable for a multi-billion-US dollar turnover and a workforce of c.2000; Chief of Staff to BP's CEO (E&P); Vice President BP Alaska and Vice President BP Canada.
Don has significant relevant experience of managing gas production and infrastructure assets. During his time with BP, he was accountable for the management of multiple gas fields in Western Canada, the United States, the UK North Sea and the CATS Gas Pipeline System, which at the time shipped around 10% of the UK's gas production.
In addition to his oil & gas roles, he has Board level and senior executive experience in publicly listed and private companies in both coal and natural stone sectors. This included CEO of Scottish Resources Group, which at the time was the UK's largest surface mining coal producer with multiple mines and a workforce of c.1,000. He has fundraising experience in both the equity and debt markets.
Most recently, Don was Chairman and interim CEO of the natural stone company, Levantina, headquartered in Spain. The company operates multiple mines including El Coto, believed to be the world's largest Crema Marfil mine, as well as processing factories and global distribution centres.
He currently is an E&P Steering Group member for Scottish & Southern Energy plc, a FTSE 100 company, which has gas assets in the Southern North Sea and West of Shetland, and is also Senior Adviser and Vice Chairman-designate for AIM-quoted, Fox Marble Holdings plc.
Subject to completion of the proposed reverse takeover transaction announced by the Company on 9 October 2019, Scirocco's Board will be comprised of six Directors - a CEO, CFO, COO and three Non-Executive Directors. It is intended Don will Chair the Audit Committee, and be a member of the Remuneration Committee, at Scirocco.
Commenting on the appointment, Alastair Ferguson, Non-Executive Chairman, said:
"As Chairman, it is my pleasure to welcome Don to the Board in this transformational period for the Company. His extensive skillset and experience further strengthens the Board and will provide invaluable contribution as we look at additional growth opportunities to establish the company as a mid-cap gas producer and developer in the European gas market. In particular, his experience at BP will be highly beneficial to the Company as we further develop the Dutch North Sea assets that we are in the process of acquiring and continue to assess further value accretive acquisitions. We look forward to working with Don as the Company continues to deliver on our strategic objectives."
Further information on Mr Nicolson as required in accordance with Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules:
Donald ("Don") Oag Nicolson, aged 59
Current Directorships / Partnerships
Directorships / Partnerships held in the last 5 years
Levantina Y Asociados De Minerales, SAU
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Nordic Energy plc
There is no further information to be disclosed pursuant to Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules.
For further information:
Solo Oil plc
Tom Reynolds, CEO
Doug Rycroft, COO
Romina Mele-Cornish, CFO
+44 (0) 20 7440 0642
Strand Hanson Limited, Nominated Adviser
James Spinney / Ritchie Balmer / Rory Murphy
+44 (0) 20 7409 3494
Buchanan, Financial PR
Ben Romney / Kelsey Traynor / James Husband
+44 (0) 20 7466 5000
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