Cairn India appoints new COO

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New Delhi, May 5: Cairn India, a subsidiary of the UK-based Cairn Energy Plc, today said it has appointed Mr Rick Bott as its Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer with effect from June 15. Mr Bott, a master of science in geology and a bachelor of science in marine sciences from Texas A&M University, brings extensive global exploration and production experience with more than 20 years in the industry leading integrated organisations, developing new business and focusing on cross-cultural leadership development.

Mr Bott, 48, joins Cairn India from Devon Energy's International division where he was vice president responsible for developing and implementing business growth and exploration strategy for assets in 12 countries outside of North America focusing on the deepwater, West Africa, South America and the Middle East/Asia.

Mr Rahul Dhir, Managing Director and Chief Execuve Offcer of Cain India said, ''we are entering an exciting period of growth for Cairn in India. I am delighted that Rick is joining our senior leadership team as the company gears up for the first production from Rajasthan and looks to future growth opportunities both in India and beyond.'' Previously, he served as President of Ocean Egypt Companies and as President of Ocean Yemen Corporation. He also served in a number of international management and technical positions with British Gas and Tenneco.

Mr Bott said: ''...This is a transformational period for Cairn India as it looks to substantially increase its production which will be fundamental to the future of the company and its shareholders. I'm delighted that I will get the chance to play a key part in that growth." Throughout his career he has worked and travelled extensively and has been involved in evaluations and operations in more than 50 countries.

UNI

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