HOUSTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westside Energy Corporation (Amex: WHT ), an oil and gas company with operations focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas in the Barnett Shale play in North Texas, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the following promotions and changes in the composition of senior management.
In a final election by the Board of Directors, Sean J. Austin was named Chief Financial Officer. Joining Westside in May 2005, he has served as Vice President and Corporate Controller, positions he will continue to hold in addition to CFO. Previously, Austin spent 23 years with Amerada Hess, now Hess Corporation, holding senior management positions in the company's New York and Houston offices. His positions during his Hess career included Vice President, Finance and Administration, Exploration and Production and Vice President and Corporate Controller. Prior to joining Amerada Hess, Austin served as an officer in the United States Navy. He holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.