Epsilon Energy Ltd. announced that Jason Stabell and Andrew Williamson will join Epsilon as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, respectively, effective July 1, 2022. Jason will also join the Board of Directors. Mike Raleigh, the current CEO of the Company, will resign from the Company and the Board of Directors effective June 30th, 2022. Lane Bond, the Company’s current Chief Financial Officer, has also informed the Board of his desire to retire and will enter into a transitional consulting role with the Company beginning July 1, 2022.
John Lovoi, Chairman of the Board of Directors commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Jason and Andrew to Epsilon. These two professionals have worked together for over 10 years and have a strong track record of value creation in their prior upstream endeavors.”
Jason Stabell stated: “Andrew and I are excited to join the Epsilon team. We are fully aligned with the Board to continue the Company’s long track record of prudent capital allocation and conservative financial management with a continued focus on shareholder returns in the form of dividends and buybacks, coupled with accretive capital expenditures. We look forward to working with Mike and the team in the weeks ahead to ensure a seamless leadership transition.”
John Lovoi continued: “The Board would especially like to thank Mike Raleigh and Lane Bond for their combined 20 years of service to Epsilon. Mike has led a very successful transition of the organization and is leaving Epsilon in a far better position than when he took over as CEO. Thanks to Mike and Lane’s leadership, the company is now debt free with a significant cash balance and is generating very strong levels of free cash flow. They assembled a very lean and capable organization and instilled a strong culture of value creation and shareholder return. Mike was actively involved in recruiting Jason and Andrew and has agreed to provide whatever assistance Jason and Andrew require as they transition into their new roles.”
Mr. Stabell has worked in the energy industry since 1998 with a focus on upstream E&P. Most recently he served as President and CEO of Merlon International, LLC, a privately held company with assets in the Western Desert of Egypt and US Gulf Coast which was sold in 2019 to a publicly listed UK company where he served as an advisor until 2021. Previously, he served as CFO and ultimately President of privately held Merlon Petroleum Company, which had assets in the US Gulf Coast and Egypt and was sold in 2006. He began his career at Salomon Smith Barney as an analyst in the Planning and Analysis Group. Mr. Stabell has also been active as a private investor for the last several years. He has a BA in Economics from Williams College. He has served on numerous corporate Boards including ESI Energy Services Inc. and Layline Petroleum, LLC.
Mr. Williamson has spent his entire career in the energy business. From 2012 to early 2019, he served as Corporate Development Manager then Vice President Finance (CFO) of Merlon International, LLC. More recently, he served as the Corporate Strategy Manager for Petrosantander Inc. Mr. Williamson started his career in management consulting with Oliver Wyman then Accenture, advising energy clients on transaction due diligence, growth strategy, and cost reduction. He has a BBA in Finance and a BA in Political Science from Southern Methodist University.