TNK-BP has announced the appointment of Evert Henkes to the Board of Directors of TNK-BP Limited as a BP-nominated independent director. Mr.Henkes becomes the 10th member of the Board of Directors of TNK-BP Limited and the second of the Board’s three independent directors. He will work alongside Aleksandr Shokhin, an AAR-nominated independent director.
A Dutch citizen, Evert Henkes graduated from Cornell University in the USA and has considerable experience in the oil & gas industry. Over a period of 30 years, he held various management positions at Royal Dutch Shell, including CEO of the company’s petrochemicals business, managing director of Shell UK, and chairman of the board of directors of Bassel (a joint venture between Shell and BASF). He also served as a director of regional and global industrial bodies, including European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and International Council of Chemical Associations.
Mr. Henkes holds independent non-executive board positions for a number of major companies including Air Products & Chemicals, Sembcorp Industrial Ltd., and Tate & Lyle plc.
«We are very pleased that such an experienced and accomplished executive like Mr.Henkes is joining the Board of TNK-BP» - said Mikhail Fridman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TNK-BP Limited. «TNK-BP has benefited tremendously from the wisdom and experience of our two previous independent directors, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and James Leng, as well as from Alexander Shokhin, who continues to serve on TNK-BP's board. We are confident that Evert will make an equally important contribution to the continued success and growth of our company».
The appointment of Mr Henkes became necessary following the resignations last year of Chancellor Schroeder and Mr Leng. TNK-BP’s corporate governance requires 3 independent directors alongside 8 shareholder appointed directors for the Board to be quorate. Mr Fridman noted that the Company’s shareholders are continuing their joint efforts to identify candidates for the third independent director position so that once again there is a fully-functioning Board of Directors under the terms of the TNK-BP Shareholders’ Agreement.