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John Hofmeister , , , Independent Director, Chairman

The former president of Shell Oil Company and veteran of multiple industries for over 35 years, Mr. Hofmeister has held key leadership positions at General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International).

He currently serves as Chairman of the National Urban League and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

Upon retirement from Shell Oil, Mr. Hofmeister founded the not-for-profit Citizens for Affordable Energy, a nationwide membership association, which promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions.

He also served as Group Human Resource Director of the Shell Group, based in The Hague, The Netherlands.

He serves as a non-executive director of Hunting PLC and on the boards of the:

  • Foreign Policy Association
  • Strategic Partners, LLC
  • Gas Technology Institute
  • Center for Houston's Future

Mr. Hofmeister is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and he serves as a Director of the Greater Houston Partnership.

Segun Omidele , , , CEO & Executive Director

Segun Omidele joined the company in 2011, as the Senior Vice President for Business Development and New Ventures; and became the Senior Vice President for Exploration and Production in 2012. Mr. Omidele led the transformation of the company from a non-operator to a full operator that delivered exploration and development campaigns in both deep water and onshore. He drove the company’s asset management strategy which resulted in a balanced portfolio that consists of near term production, mid-term development and long term high impact exploration projects in both deep and shallow water as well as onshore. He was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of the company in September 2015.

Mr. Omidele has 36 years of experience in oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Erin Energy, from 2008 to 2011, he was Senior Vice President for Exploration and Production for Allied Energy Corporation in Houston, a privately owned oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in Africa. He also served as the Managing Director of Allied Energy Plc, a subsidiary of Allied Energy Corporation.

Prior to joining Allied Energy Corporation, Mr. Omidele worked for 28 years with Shell companies in Nigeria, UK and USA and left the services of Shell as the Resource Volume Manager for Shell in Africa. He held numerous technical and leadership positions in various Shell locations, including Senior Reservoir Engineer in Shell Exploration and Production Company London; Head Bonga Appraisal in Shell Nigerian Exploration and Production Company, Lagos, Nigeria; Senior Staff Reservoir/Production Engineer in Shell Deepwater Production, New Orleans, USA and Team Leader Deepwater development at Shell Deepwater Services in Houston, USA.

Mr. Omidele has highly diverse experience in all aspects of oil and gas industry and has served in various senior technical and executive leadership positions with engineering, financial and operational responsibilities.

Mr. Omidele holds a Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston, USA. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Lee P. Brown , , , Independent Director

Dr. Brown has served on the Company’s Board since April 2010. Capping a career of public service dedicated to law enforcement, Dr. Brown was elected Mayor of the City of Houston on December 6, 1997, sworn in on January 2, 1998; and re-elected in 1999 and again in 2001, serving the maximum of three terms in office. Prior to his election as Mayor of the nation’s fourth-largest city, Dr. Brown served in President Clinton’s Cabinet as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 1993 to 1996.

Dr. Brown rose through the law enforcement ranks: first as a patrolman with the San Jose, California Police Department; then as a Sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon; followed by Commissioner of Public Safety in Atlanta, Georgia; Chief of Police in Houston, Texas; and Police Commissioner for New York City, New York.

Dr. Brown has an undergraduate degree in criminology from Fresno State University, a master’s degree in sociology from San Jose State University and holds a master’s degree and doctorate degree in criminology from the University California at Berkeley, where he also is an UCBerkeley Fellow. He was selected as UC-Berkeley’s 2004 Alumnus of the Year. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Florida International University, Portland State University, State University of New York, Fresno State University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Paul Quinn College and Howard University. He is an honorary visiting professor at four universities in China.

Dr. Brown also has been a part time Professor at San Jose State University; Professor and Chairman of the Department of Administration of Justice at Portland State University; Associate Director of the Institute for Urban Affairs and Research and Professor of Public Administration at Howard University; University Professor at Texas Southern University; and a Senior Scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and Professor of Sociology at Rice University. After leaving the Office of the Mayor, he served as a Visiting Scholar in the School of Social Sciences at Rice University.

Dr. Brown is currently the Chairman and CEO of Brown Group International and Chairman of the Board of Unity National Bank.

William J. Campbell , , , Independent Director

Mr. Campbell has served on the Company’s Board since June 2011. He has nearly thirty years of experience in the legal, investment and energy industries with a diverse background in management, finance, legal, land and marketing. Since 2006, Mr. Campbell has served as owner and managing director of PPPCo-CB Energy, LLC, a Houston, Texas-based private oil and gas exploration and production company, and since 1997 Mr. Campbell has served as owner and managing director of CB Energy, LLC, a Houston, Texas-based private oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Campbell served as principal, vice president and corporate counsel of Houston, Texas-based Fremont Energy Corporation, a Bechtel Family company, where Mr. Campbell managed the company’s domestic and international energy asset portfolio and directed the company’s commercial, banking, and legal activities, and from 1985 through 1991, Mr. Campbell served as counsel and manager for Bechtel Investments, Inc. in Houston, Texas, managing its oil and gas marketing and land/legal operations. Mr. Campbell started his professional career at the Houston, Texas law firm of Reynolds, Allen & Cook.

Mr. Campbell is very active in community and civic affairs. His service includes: the Kinkaid School Board of Trustees of Houston since 2007, and its Advancement, Finance & Building Committees since 2002; the Board of Directors of the Houston Country Club from 2005 to 2007; the Institute for Molecular Medicine as a Founding Trustee and Scientific Advisory Board Member since 2001; the Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center since 1991 (Chairman Emeritus, 2002-2003); the Advisory Board of Amegy Bank of Texas, N.A. since 1998; the Endowment Board and a Junior Warden and Senior Council Representative of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church since 2004; the Board of the Daniel and Edith Ripley Foundation since 2005 and its treasurer; the Board of the Bayou City Pump Co. since 2010; a former member of the Advance Team Board of M.D. Anderson and the Texas Children’s Hospital Individuals Committee; and the Memorial Hermann Board of Directors since 2014, and a member of its Finance Committee and Foundation since 2011.

Mr. Campbell earned his B.B.A. in Petroleum Land Management/Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, and his J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law, and also studied law at Cambridge University and completed the J.P. Morgan Corporate Finance Program, New York.

Dudu Hlatshwayo , , , Independent Director

Ms. Hlatshwayo joined Erin Energy in 2015. She currently also serves as an independent non-executive director of the Public Investment Corporation of South Africa, Erin Energy’s second largest shareholder, and has held this position since December 2013. Ms. Hlatshwayo is the Chairman of Change EQ (PTY) Limited, a privately-held management consulting firm, which she founded in 2006 and also serves on the boards of KZN Growth Fund, AFMETCO, and the Land Bank.

She previously served as a Partner at Ernst & Young from 2005 to 2006. From 2004 to 2005, Ms. Hlatshwayo served as a Director in the Corporate Finance Division of Andisa Capital (Pty) Ltd. and from 1999 to 2004, she worked at Transnet SOC Ltd as a Group Executive. Prior to Transnet, Ms. Hlatshwayo worked at Telkom SA as a Senior Portfolio Manager, and from 1994 to 1996, she worked at ABSA Bank Limited as a Product Manager.

Ms. Hlatshwayo received her MBA from the University of South Africa with as specialization in Advanced Corporate Finance. She is passionate about building ethical and sustainable corporate organisations that are sensitive to the environment.

Ira Wayne McConnell , , , Independent Director

Mr. McConnell is the Managing Partner of Houston, Texas-based McConnell & Jones LLP, Certified Public Accountants, where he is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the firm and has overall responsibility for management of administrative functions, accounting, and information technology and is also Partner-In-Charge of the firm's assurance practice. He founded McConnell & Jones in July of 1987. Mr. McConnell is also active in the public services sector, serving as a board member of the Houston Division of the American Heart Association since 2003, as a board member of the SouthWest Affiliate of the American Heart Association since 2008, and as the former Chairman of the Audit Committee of the American Heart Association National Board.

Mike Stinson , , , Independent Director

Mr. Stinson is a seasoned and broadly developed corporate executive in the energy industry with 37 years of multi-national experience with ConocoPhillips and its predecessor company, Conoco Inc.; experience with the U.S. Department of Defense as a 3161 SES executive assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority and U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; and service on boards of directors of both NYSE-traded and private companies. Mr. Stinson’s operational experience is substantial in the fields of exploration and production, pipelines and storage, natural gas, gas liquids processing and commercial operations, and marine scheduling. He has extensive capabilities in new business development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate planning, and corporate communications. Mr. Stinson’s corporate experience includes executive positions in international, U.S. federal, and U.S. state government relations with particular emphasis on new business development outside the United States and related issues with the U.S. federal government.

Mr. Stinson’s particular emphasis on corporate boards of directors has been comprehensive risk recognition, assessment, and mitigation; cash management; and new business development strategies. Mr. Stinson holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech and a M.B.A. from Arizona State University.

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This Competent Person’s Report contains estimates of "prospective resources" and "contingent resources." The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only “reserves,” as that term is defined under SEC rules.

Prospective resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as at a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations by application of future development projects. Contingent resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, at a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations, but the applied projects are not yet considered mature enough for commercial development due to one or more contingencies.

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