Heritage Oil has announced the appointment of Colonel Mark Erwin (Retd.) as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company with immediate effect.
Mr. Erwin, aged 49, served in the United States Army for over 25 years culminating his career as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army Special Operations Command, which oversees all Special Forces Operations of the US Army, where he managed an annual budget in excess of US$1.5 billion and coordinated a headquarters staff of more than 1,000 employees. He commanded at every level of the United States Army's most elite Special Mission Unit from Captain to Colonel and was deployed numerous times to Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. He became a specialist in building teams of joint, interagency partners working closely with other nations' leadership, both military and civilian.
After his retirement from the United States Army in 2010, Mr. Erwin became the Executive Vice President for a defence contractor and in 2011 started Long Walk Enterprise, LLC which is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and provides consulting and operational support services to corporate and government entities. In August of 2011, Mr. Erwin co-founded and became CEO of AFS-Global, LLC, which assists commercial entities as they assess, initiate and execute opportunities in emerging markets.
Mr. Erwin will be a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Anti-Bribery and Corruption Committees.
Tony Buckingham, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"We are delighted to welcome Mark Erwin to Heritage and believe that he will be an outstanding addition to the Board. Mark's extensive contact base through the United States and in certain countries in our core areas will be invaluable to Heritage as we continue to expand and develop our oil and gas portfolio."