Dallas, Texas, July 31, 2017 – Park Place Energy Inc. (OTCQB: PKPL) (“Park Place” or the “Company”) announces that on July 17, 2017, Scott C. Larsen resigned as President and CEO of the Company and as a Director from the Board of Directors. In addition, on that same date, the following officers resigned their positions: Chas Michel resigned as Chief Financial Officer, David Campbell resigned as Vice President-Exploration and Francis M. Munchinski resigned as Corporate Secretary and Treasurer. Each of these officers also resigned from all capacities including their respective positions as officers and directors of the Park Place subsidiaries. The Company would like to thank Mr. Larsen, Mr. Michel, Mr. Campbell and Mr. Munchinski for their work and dedication.
The Dallas, Texas office will close August 31, 2017. The Company’s activities are focused in Eastern Europe and Turkey. It currently has offices in Ankara, Turkey and Sofia, Bulgaria.
Dr. Arthur Halleran (Ph.D. Geology) has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, David Thompson as Chief Financial Officer and and Ijaz Khan as Corporate Secretary and Treasurer.
Dr. Halleran has 37 years of petroleum exploration and development experience predominantly international. In 2007, Dr. Halleran founded Canacol Energy Ltd., a company with petroleum and natural gas exploration and development activities in Colombia, Brazil and Guyana. Dr. Halleran was one of the original United Hydrocarbon International personnel that raised the initial investment capital to acquire the lucrative oil parcels in Chad, Africa. Dr. Halleran has been a director and technical advisor to Park Place since 2011 and is very familiar with Park Place’s business; this will ensure a smooth transition of management.
David M. Thompson, the Company’s new Chief Financial Officer, has over 30 years financial experience in the oil and gas industry. He founded a Bermuda oil trading company in with offices in the U.S. and Europe. He was responsible for the company’s production operations in Turkmenistan and successfully raised over $100 million in equity and negotiated the farm-out of a number of company assets. Mr. Thompson isManaging Director of AMS Limited; a Bermuda based Management Company. In the past he served as Founder, President and CEO of Sea Dragon Energy Inc. (TSX:V), Chief Financial Officer of Aurado Energy, Chief Financial Officer of Forum Energy Corporation (OTC), Financial Director of Forum Energy Plc (AIM) and Senior Vice President at Larmag Group of Companies. Mr. Thompson is a CPA (1998).
Ijaz Khan, the Company’s new Secretary/Treasurer, was formerly general counsel for Kuwait Gulf Oil Company and Vice President, Special Projects, for United Hydrocarbon International Corp. Mr. Khan holds a law degree from Seattle University School of Lay and formerly practice law with Law Firm of Mussehl and Khan. Mr. Khan has extensive international experience in the oil and gas industry.
Dr. Halleran, the Company’s new President and CEO, stated: “Park Place Energy has excellent gas and oil production from its Turkey assets. The Dallas, Texas office closing is the first step in re-aligning company expenditures with production revenue. The new management will be looking at ways to reduce G&A and OPEX costs and increase production revenue.”
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Note on Boe: Barrels of oil equivalent or Boe, are derived by converting natural gas to oil at the ratio of six thousand cubic feet (“Mcf”) of natural gas equals one barrel of oil. This conversion is derived from energy equivalency and does not represent a value equivalency and therefore may be misleading if used in isolation.
Scott C. Larsen, President and CEO
Francis M. Munchinski, Secretary and Treasurer
Park Place Energy Inc.