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Sound Oil names new CEO, chairman

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Staff writer | Leatherhead, United Kingdom | October 11, 2012
Sound OilOctober 11, 2012, Leatherhead, United Kingdom - Sound Oil, an oil and gas company, announced the appointment of Andrew Hockey as non-executive chairman and James Parsons as chief executive officer.
Mr. Hockey has been a non-executive director of Sound Oil since May 2011 and has 30 years' technical and managerial experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. Andrew is a co-founder of Fairfield Energy Limited where he is General Manager, Joint Ventures and New Business. Mr. Hockey's previous roles include senior positions in Eni, Lasmo, Monument and Petrofina with responsibilities across Italy, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece and the UK North Sea. Mr. Hockey has a BA Honours in Geology from Oxford University and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College, London.

Mr. Parsons has been Chief Financial Officer at the Company for the past twelve months and has 19 years' experience in the fields of strategy, management, finance and corporate development in the energy industry. He joined Sound Oil from the European division of Inter Pipeline Fund, a Toronto-listed resources business, where he held the position of Finance and Corporate Development Director of Inter Pipeline Europe.

Mr. Parsons started his career with the Royal Dutch Shell group in 1994 and has worked in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Scandinavia, Holland and London. Leading up to 2006 (when he left Shell to join Inter Pipeline), he held various positions in Shell's exploration and production business, latterly as Vice President of New Business. Mr. Parsons has a BA Honours in Business Economics from Durham University and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

The company also announced that Gerald Orbell, who has been Chairman and Chief Executive since founding Sound Oil seven years ago, has chosen to retire from the Company and is leaving the board.

Mr. Orbell is a petroleum geologist with more than 30 years of technical, managerial and director level experience in the hydrocarbon and utilities sectors. Mr. Orbell has previously held the position of executive director of Fina Exploration, Fina Development, Premier Oil and United Utilities.

He is currently the chairman of Antrim Energy where he oversees the company's business in the UK. Mr. Orbell is also a member of the boards of Consul Oil & Gas Limited, Moorland Energy and Valpak Limited, where he is also chairman of the audit committee.

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