Dana Petroleum announces leadership change


Dana Petroleum announces leadership change

ABERDEEN, UK -- After three years leading Dana Petroleum, Dr. Marcus Richards has decided to step down as group chief executive.

Richards joined the company following its takeover by the Korea National Oil Corporation in late 2010, transforming it from an investor-led business into a fully-fledged exploration and production company operating in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

During this time Dana’s oil production has increased to 55,000 barrels per day, revenue and profits have been strong and more than 150 people have joined the company.

The growth strategy launched in 2011 has led to exploration and appraisal successes in the UK, Netherlands and Egypt, which have created opportunities for future developments. In parallel, Dana has also shifted its focus from a largely non-operated portfolio towards more operated positions.

Dana’s $1.6 billion Western Isles development project, which was approved by the UK government in late 2012, will provide an additional 40,000 barrels of daily production when it comes on stream in 2015.

Graham Scotton, Dana’s COO, will become the company’s acting group chief executive with immediate effect.

Scotton has spent 36 years working in the oil and gas industry. He has worked for BP and BG Group and joined Dana earlier this year from his previous role as country manager for Cobalt International Energy in Angola.

He has also held senior leadership positions in a number of different locations including Kazakhstan, Angola, Egypt, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Norway, the U.S. and the UK. These roles have included petroleum and reservoir engineering, asset management and offshore installation management.

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