Ex-Glencore, Sino-Forest Director to Chair GKP

Gulf Keystone Petroleum has announced the appointment of Simon Murray C.B.E., aged 73, to the Board of Gulf Keystone as Independent Non-Executive Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the Company. Mr Murray will also be appointed Chairman of the Company's Remuneration Committee at its next meeting.

This appointment represents a significant step forward for the Company as it expands and strengthens its Board in advance of seeking admission to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange later this year. Mr Murray will be taking up his appointment with immediate effect and will be attending the Company's Annual General Meeting on 25 July 2013 in order to introduce himself to shareholders.

Simon Murray has a wealth of international business experience and a strong network of contacts, both globally and across the Far East, built up over the past four decades. His specific oil and gas experience includes his role as Vice Chairman and Non-Executive Director of FTSE 250 Essar Energy plc, an integrated energy company, where he is also Chairman of the Nomination and Governance Committee and his former roles as Chairman of FTSE 100 Glencore International Plc, where he oversaw the IPO of the company on the Main Market, and as an Advisory Board Member of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation. Simon was the long term Managing Director of Hutchinson Whampoa, a Fortune Global 500 Company, where he expanded Hutchinson Whampoa's energy interests with the acquisition of one of Canada's largest integrated energy companies, Husky Oil.

Mr Murray's current roles include positions as Non-Executive Director of Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd, one of the largest listed companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Chairman of GEMS Limited. He is a former Non-Executive Director of Vodafone, another FTSE 100 company and previous Executive Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group for Asia Pacific. He is a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.

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