Exploration and production firm Heritage Oil said it had taken on the former head of US Special Forces, hoping to take advantage of his extensive network of contacts.
The company has recruited Colonel Mark Erwin (Retd.) as an independent non-executive director.
Erwin served in the United States Army for over 25 years culminating his career as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army Special Operations Command.
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There he oversaw all Special Forces Operations of the US Army and managed an annual budget in excess of $1.5bn and coordinated a headquarters staff of more than 1,000 employees, the company said.
"We are delighted to welcome Mark Erwin to Heritage and believe that he will be an outstanding addition to the board," said Chief Executive Tony Buckingham.
"Mark's extensive contact base through the United States and in certain countries in our core areas will be invaluable to Heritage as we continue to expand and develop our oil and gas portfolio."
Heritage's core areas of operation Africa, the Middle East and Russia.
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