AUSTRALIAN oil and gas junior WHL Energy has appointed Jeffrey Schrull as a Non-Executive Director to the WHL Board.

Mr Schrull has over 25 years of senior experience in the upstream exploration and production business, with a particularly strong and successful working history in Africa.

He began his career with Chevron where he worked for 19 years, initially on development and exploration projects in the US, followed by international projects in the UK, Australia (Gorgon Project), Norway, Brazil and Africa.

His final three years at Chevron were as an Exploration and New Ventures Manager for West Africa where his responsibilities included acreage acquisition, contract negotiation and the establishment of project teams.

Following his career at Chevon, Jeff held the role of General Manager of Exploration for Addax Petroleum from July 2006 to February 2010.

At Addax he was responsible for the creation of the Exploration Business Unit and managing an annual budget of up to US$500 million.

Addax was acquired by Chinese giant Sinopec for US$9.2 billion in August 2009, with the exploration portfolio being cited as a key driver for the deal.

Most recently Mr Schrull was managing director of West African focused Australian junior Rialto Energy (now Azonto Petroleum) from July 2010 to November 2012.

WHL Energy managing director David Rowbottam said Mr Schrull’s experience in Africa would be invaluable as the company moved forward with its Seychelles projects.

“He is highly regarded for his technical knowledge, which will make him a great fit with the WHL Energy Board and our exploration team,” he said.