Prior to joining Westside, Austin spent 23 years with Amerada Hess holding senior management positions in the company's New York and Houston offices. Most recently, from 1999 until 2004, Austin served as Vice President, Finance and Administration, Exploration and Production for Amerada Hess in Houston. From 1995 to 1999, he served as Vice President and Corporate Controller in the New York office. Austin, 52 years of age, brings to Westside in-depth knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, internal financial controls and processes, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, cost management and other important upstream financial skills.
Prior to joining HESS, Austin served from 1974 to 1979 as an officer in the United States Navy. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Jimmy D. Wright, CEO and President of Westside Energy, said: "Sean's extensive energy industry experience, M&A expertise, numerous professional relationships, and financial strengths are a valuable complement to the Westside team. Further, his addition will allow Westside to maintain best-in-practice internal controls which are essential to a public company's success. We are pleased that Sean has joined Westside and look forward to leveraging his broad skill set as we grow reserves, production and ultimately shareholder value."