ZaZa Energy Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ian H. Fay as Chief Financial Officer, replacing interim CFO Charles Campise, effective immediately. Mr. Fay is a Founding Partner at Odin Advisors LLC, an energy-focused financial advisory firm. ZaZa also announced today the appointment of John E. Hearn, Jr., as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hearn is one of three founders of ZaZa Energy LLC, the predecessor of ZaZa Energy Corporation, and has served as an executive and director of ZaZa since its combination with Toreador Resources Corporation in February 2012.
“We are pleased to announce these executive appointments,” said Todd A. Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The depth of experience both Ian and John bring to the Company will be valuable at this exciting juncture for ZaZa and our stockholders. ZaZa is well positioned to capitalize on the enormous unrealized potential of our unique asset portfolio, and we welcome the leadership of Ian Fay and John Hearn.”
Mr. Brooks added, “I would like to thank Charles Campise for his hard work in assisting the Company through a unique international energy industry merger. It has been a pleasure working with Charles and, on behalf of the entire Board and management team, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
In his role as a founding partner at Odin Advisors LLC, Mr. Fay offered clients over nineteen years of mergers and acquisitions experience in the energy and natural resources sectors. Prior to Odin Advisors, Mr. Fay served as Managing Director and Head of the Energy & Natural Resources Group for the Americas at BNP Paribas, and Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for RBC Capital Markets, concentrating on North American Upstream, MLP and Oil Field Services companies. Mr. Fay also advised multi-national public and private clients across multiple sectors as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for UBS Investment Bank. Mr. Fay is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain scholar, and is currently a member of the Board of Visitors.
Prior to ZaZa, Mr. Hearn founded and became President of LARA Energy, Inc. in 1991, where he generated and marketed numerous exploration projects throughout South Texas. Mr. Hearn first began his career at Texas Oil & Gas (TXO) as a staff Geologist, and then as a member of the Company’s Major Play Exploration Team. Bringing over thirty years of experience in the analysis of geological and geophysical data in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Hearn has managed the technical team and evaluated drilling efforts at ZaZa since the Company’s formation in 2009. Mr. Hearn received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology in 1980 from the University of Houston.