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Ziebel Names New CEO

Francis Neill Assumes Role


HOUSTON, Texas -- November 10, 2015 -- Ziebel, the market leader in composite rod well intervention for the oil and gas industry, announced that Francis Neill has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer.  In this capacity, which became effective September 21, 2015, Neill is responsible for the strategic direction and operating performance of the company.
 
Neill will be instrumental in helping to develop the company, in order to build strong revenue growth and optimize use of its distributed fiber optic sensing technologies.   Ziebel’s well intervention systems make it possible to access and measure well flow parameters over the entire wellbore in real-time, enabling operators to adjust and maximize their wells’ performance.  The composite carbon Z-Rod® technology also allows entry into restricted diameter and horizontal wellbores, and can be used to monitor most commonly pumped stimulation treatments.
 
As the industry searches for ways to navigate the current downturn, Ziebel’s technology offers a solution.  “It is incredibly tough times in the oil and gas industry, but Ziebel has some great technology to enable operators to increase reservoir recovery factors,” said Neill.  “The start-up of our operations in the US has been well received, and the value of Z-Rod applications for unconventional wells is being demonstrated.  The combination of composite deployment technology and distributed fiber optics is delivering data that gives real value to operators.”
 
In-depth experience, proven track record
Neill has considerable experience in guiding companies to help them realize their full potential, delivering exceptional returns for investors and enhanced overall company performance. With 32 years in the oil and gas industry, Neill has in-depth experience and industry knowledge, particularly in the well intervention and subsea sectors. Before joining Ziebel, he acted for five years as CEO of EV, during which time he helped to grow the company from a UK-only company to an award-winning, multi-million pound global organization. He has served in a variety of executive management and engineering roles all over the world, which have taken him to Belgium, England, Egypt, Jordan, France, Texas, Louisiana and Scotland.
 
Neill, 55, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Bristol in England. He is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.