Richard Schmitt

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"Mr. Schmitt holds a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England. Mr. Schmitt has 34 years of diverse international experience in the upstream oil and gas industry with expertise in exploration, exploitation, operations and new ventures. A significant part of his career was spent managing and developing projects in Yemen, culminating in 5 years as Occidental’s President and General Manager in that country. He was President and CEO of Africa Oil Corp. from 2006 until 2009. In October 2009, Mr. Schmitt became President & CEO of Black Marlin Energy with exploration projects in Seychelles, Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia. A public listing on the Toronto Venture Exchange was secured in March, 2010 and aggressive exploration programs implemented in all of those jurisdictions. The company was subsequently acquired by Afren PLC in October, 2010 and Mr. Schmitt was retained as CEO of Afren EAX. Mr. Schmitt left Afren EAX on January 31, 2011 and joined the Board of Wentworth Resources on March 17, 2011."[1]


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  1. Wentworth Resources Board, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2014.