Andrew Wilkinson new B.C. Liberals leader: This week’s people news

Andrew Wilkinson. Image: MLA website

Here is a list of human resources highlights as appeared in the Daily Oil Bulletin for the week of Feb. 9, 2018:

Andrew Wilkinson in new leader of B.C. Liberals

The B.C. Liberals initially appeared to be looking for a fresh face to lead their party, but in the end they chose an experienced and combative leader — Andrew Wilkinson.

In a long selection process on Feb. 3, Wilkinson, who was in third place for the first four counts in a weighted voting system, emerged as winner in the fifth count, beating out former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts with 4,621 vote to Watts’ 4,079. The vote took place over three days. Roughly 60,000 Liberal party members voted, about half of whom would have been new members.

Xtreme director resignation

Xtreme Drilling Corp. has announced the resignation of Colin Burnett from the board of directors. He was appointed to the board in 2016.

The company, which designs, builds, and operates a fleet of high specification drilling rigs, expects to put forward seven nominees for election by the shareholders at the 2018 annual meeting.

SandRidge Energy ousts CEO and CFO after Icahn push

SandRidge Energy Inc. ousted its chief executive and finance chief on Feb. 8 and will cut spending — a victory for activist investor Carl Icahn, who railed for months against the U.S. shale producer’s board and management.

James Bennett led SandRidge into and out of bankruptcy in 2016 as its CEO and a board member, and drew Icahn’s ire over his compensation and a $746 million bid to buy rival Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. late last year. SandRidge terminated the offer in December. Julian Bott, the CFO, will leave after the company files its annual report is with American regulators.

Leading SandRidge in the interim is board member Bill Griffin, with the addition of Sylvia Barnes, owner of oil investment firm Tanda Resources LLC, as a director.