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(RNS) 2007-10-01 07:05
Matra Petroleum PLC - Sir Michael Jenkins Appointed
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RNS Number:8161E Matra Petroleum PLC 01 October 2007


For immediate release: 1st October 2007

Matra Petroleum plc ("Matra" or the "Company")

Sir Michael Jenkins appointed as Chairman

Matra Petroleum plc (AIM:MTA), the oil and gas E&P company focused on Central Europe and Russia is pleased to announce the appointment of Sir Michael Jenkins as Non-executive Chairman with immediate effect.

Sir Michael retired from the diplomatic service in 1993 when he was British Ambassador to the Netherlands. His time at the foreign office included senior postings in Europe, Washington and Moscow.

During his subsequent business career Sir Michael became Vice-Chairman of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DKW) and then President of Boeing UK. During his time at DKW, Sir Michael focussed on investment banking and advisory activities in continental Europe (including Russia) as well as on the energy sector.

He is currently a Director of two small, entrepreneurial companies: Geopark Holdings, a South American focused E&P company, and Frontiers Capital, a boutique private equity house.

Commenting on Sir Michael's appointment, Peter Hind, Matra's Managing Director said:

"We are delighted that Sir Michael is joining Matra as Chairman at such an exciting time for the Company. He brings with him a wealth of city knowledge and experience along with Russian and smaller company exposure, all of which will be of great benefit to the Company. I look forward to working with him".

Existing Non-executive Chairman, Craig Burton will stay on in the capacity as Non-executive Director.

For further Information, please contact:

Matra Petroleum
Peter Hind, Managing Director +44 (0) 7990 807855
Neil Hodgson, Exploration Director +44 (0) 7973 342822
Aquila Financial Limited
Peter Reilly +44 (0) 207 7202 2601
Yvonne Fraser +44 (0) 207 7202 2609

Matra's nominated Advisor is RFC Corporate Finance Ltd -
Contact: Steve Allen +61894802500

In accordance with Schedule 2 (g) of the AIM Rules, Sir Michael Jenkins is 71 years of age and has held the following directorships or partnerships in the past 5 years:

Current: Frontiers Capital Ltd Geopark Holdings Ltd

Previous Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Boeing UK

Sir Michael has been granted 250,000 options in the Company at a price of 7.5p.

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