Form 8-K




Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 8-K    



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 9, 2019 


VAALCO Energy, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)












(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


9800 Richmond Avenue, Suite 700

Houston, Texas



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (713) 623-0801

Not Applicable

(Former Name or former address if changed since last report.)


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.  

William R. Thomas has been appointed to the Board of Directors of VAALCO Energy Inc. (the “Company”), effective April 9, 2019.

Mr. Thomas has over 30 years of experience in the international energy industry. He has successfully built, managed and monetized oil companies in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Since 2010, through his wholly-owned entity, Texas Oceanic Petroleum Co., Mr. Thomas has negotiated acquisitions of exploration and production companies around the world including in West Africa.   Mr. Thomas began his career as a roughneck working on land and marine drilling rigs in Australia, West Texas and Brazil while attending the University of Texas.  In 1982, Mr. Thomas joined the International Division of Pennzoil Company.  In 1986, Mr. Thomas entered investment banking with the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Bankers Trust Company and advised energy clients on upstream mergers and acquisitions.  He became Chief Executive Officer of Siberian American Oil Company, an early U.S.- Russian joint venture in 1994 and in 1996, joined Amoco Eurasia Petroleum Company as Vice President responsible for the Timan Pechora region of Russia.  In 1998, Mr. Thomas was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Nations Energy Company Ltd, a Canadian company with operations in Western Kazakhstan.  In 2001, Mr. Thomas was a founder and appointed Chief Executive Officer of Urals Energy N.V. which became Russia’s largest independent oil company and eventually sold its production subsidiaries to LUKoil.  He later was a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Urals Energy Public Company Ltd. and led the company to a successful initial public offering on London’s Alternative Investment Market (“AIM”) stock exchange in 2005.  Mr. Thomas graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Economics.  Mr. Thomas serves as a director and nominee pursuant to an arrangement with Group 42- BLR Reporting Group.

In consideration of his services as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and any Board committees, Mr. Thomas will be compensated in accordance with the Company’s non-employee director compensation program as in effect from time to time. Mr. Thomas has been appointed to serve on the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Strategic Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, all effective as of April 9, 2019.

The Company issued a press release on April 11, 2019 announcing Mr.Thomas’ appointment, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.



Exhibit Number



Press Release, dated April 11, 2019






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



VAALCO Energy, Inc.






Date:   April 11, 2019




/s/ Elizabeth D. Prochnow


Elizabeth D. Prochnow


Chief Financial Officer


Exhibit Index 




Exhibit Number



Press Release, dated April 11, 2019