Dejour Energy Inc. (NYSE MKT:DEJ) (TSX:DEJ), an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company operating in North America's Piceance Basin and Peace River Arch regions, has made certain changes to its operating team and board of directors. The company reports the retirement of Harrison Blacker as president, COO, and member of the board since 2008, effective Jan. 15.
Executive vice president Neyeska Mut will continue to coordinate US operations from Dejour’s Denver, Colorado, office inclusive of planning, personnel, permitting for development and production.
Richard P. Cooper will be responsible for technical expertise and best practice execution of field operations. He will manage the company’s drilling/completion program in both Canada and the US.
The company also announces the departure of Steven Mut, as director and co-chairman, and Richard Bachmann as director. Mut will continue to work closely with Dejour in his role as president of Oil and Gas Operations for Coachman Energy, the general partner of the Kokopelli field investor Bakken Drilling Fund III (BDF). It was mutually agreed that his emerging role with BDF could pose the potential for conflict with the fiduciary position he held with Dejour. Bachmann has resigned for personal reasons.
Dejour has also added Ron Bozzer LLB as the company's fifth (fourth independent) Canadian director. His legal practice focus encompasses mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance transactions, public private partnerships, syndications and securitizations.