BPZ Energy names new executives

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Aug. 12
-- BPZ Resources Inc. named Richard J. Spies as chief operating officer and Cesar Ortega as vice-president of operations. Frederic Briens has assumed the role of chief of strategy and technology.

Spies brings 34 years of oil and gas experience beginning in 1975 with Amoco. Spies most recently served as president of BP Russia from 2005 until he retired from BP in 2009.

Ortega joined BPZ to lead the operations team in Peru bringing 25 years of oil and gas experience to the company. In 1996 he joined BP Colombia Inc. In 2005 he was promoted into BP Americas Inc. where his responsibilities included expanded technical roles in other regions such as Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, Indonesia, and the US Gulf of Mexico.

Briens has more than 20 years of experience in international oil and gas projects and was a cofounder of BPZ & Associates Inc., the consulting group that preceded BPZ Energy. In his new role he will focus on the company's strategic growth and development.

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