AUSTRALIAN company Pilot Energy appointed Benson Wong as executive director and chief financial officer.

Mr Wong joins existing directors Gavin Harper, Iain Smith, Conrad Todd and Rory McGoldrick.

This appointment follows the company’s announcement of the completion of the first tranche of a placement on 26 April.

Mr Wong is a management finance specialist with 14 years’ senior managerial experience and over six years’ experience in director roles.

Pilot said Mr Wong’s finance credentials and international contacts would be highly valuable in further developing the company’s business.

In his role as chief financial officer, Mr Wong will be responsible for the company’s financial strategy and planning; overseeing the company’s financial reporting obligations; assisting with investor relations and identifying future funding partnerships at both corporate and asset levels, from within Asia and elsewhere.

Pilot chairman Gavin Harper welcomed Mr Wong to the Pilot Energy team.

“My fellow directors and I look forward to working with Benson through completion of Tranche 2 of the cornerstone investment and beyond, as we pursue a shared goal of creating a leading Australian exploration and production company,” Mr Harper said.