Hathon is Director Exploration, Cairn

Simon Thomson, Chief Executive Photo Cairn

By Joseph R. Fonseca

Cairn announced the appointment of Eric Hathon as
Director of Exploration. Dr Hathon, who has more than 25 years
experience in the international oil and gas industry, will join
Cairn from Marathon Oil Corporation where he held the position of
Director Conventional Exploration, based at the company's
Headquarters in Houston, USA.

Dr Hathon will succeed Richard Heaton, currently Cairn's Director
of Exploration, who is retiring after 23 years service with the
company. Richard will step down from his role following Cairn's
Annual General Meeting in May 2017.

Following a handover period, Eric will be responsible for leading
all of Cairn's future exploration activities. He will be a member
of Cairn's Senior Leadership team and will report directly to
Simon Thomson, Chief Executive. Eric joined Marathon Oil
Corporation in 1991 as an Exploration Geologist. Since then he
has worked in a number of senior international management roles
covering North and South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In addition to exploration responsibilities, Eric has held asset
management and international new venture roles with Marathon. He
has a BSc in Geology from Michigan State University and an MSc
and PhD in Geology from the University of Missouri.

Simon Thomson, Cairn Chief Executive said, "Eric brings a wealth
of international industry experience and I am delighted to
welcome him to Cairn. I look forward to working together with
Eric and the rest of the senior management team in delivering our
strategic objectives.

I would like to thank Richard for his significant contribution
over his long career at Cairn where he has been a core member of
the team. Richard has added significant value for the company,
from the early days of managing the business in Bangladesh to his
role in the significant discoveries in India and more recently
with our exploration success in Senegal. We all wish him well in
his retirement. The management change announced today is part of
a long term succession plan and will ensure Cairn continues to
offer shareholders significant growth opportunities from a
balanced portfolio of exploration and production assets."

Eric Hathon, said, "I am delighted to be joining Cairn which has
had a consistent track record of more than 20 years of
exploration success in a variety of locations around the world.
I am joining the company at an exciting time as it looks to
progress the significant finds made in Senegal that have opened
up a new basin in West Africa."

Feb 24, 2017

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