CFO David Patir Resigns to Pursue Other Business Opportunities
CAESAREA, ISRAEL, June 7 /CNW/ - Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (Amex: ZN) of
Dallas, Texas and Caesarea, Israel, announced today that Philip Mandelker,
general counsel of Zion since April 2000 and a director since 2001, has been
appointed as Executive Vice President. Mr. Mandelker holds a Doctor of
Jurisprudence degree from Columbia University School of Law and is admitted to
practice in both the United States and Israel. He has also published and
lectured on subjects related to investment in oil and gas exploration
activities in both the United States and Israel.
Mr. Rinberg, Chief Executive Officer, said that Mr. Mandelker possesses
extensive experience in the oil and gas exploration industry in both the
United States and Israel and, with his coming in house as a full-time
employee, Zion's management team will be greatly strengthened. Mr. Rinberg
praised Mr. Mandelker's work in his previous role as Zion's outside general
counsel, especially his contribution to the success of Zion's recent IPO, and
said that he looked forward to his future contribution to the company.
Mr. Rinberg also announced that, on June 1, 2007, the company was
notified by its CFO, David Patir, that having helped the Company through the
successful conclusion of its IPO, Mr. Patir wished to resign as the company's
Mr. Rinberg said that Mr. Patir, having served as Zion's CFO during the
past two years, wished to pursue other business opportunities. Mr. Rinberg
thanked Mr. Patir for his services to Zion and wished him well with his future
activities. Mr. Rinberg also said that the company had commenced discussions
with a candidate to replace Mr. Patir as the company's CFO.
Zion Oil & Gas, a Delaware corporation, explores for oil and gas in
Israel, onshore between Tel Aviv and Haifa. In 2005, Zion drilled an
exploratory well on its 99,000 acre Ma'anit-Joseph License to a total depth of
15,842 feet. It is currently carrying out completion activities on that well
and is preparing to drill an appraisal and deep test well, the
Ma'anit-Rehoboth #2, on that License.
Zion has been notified by the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner's office
that its application for an 81,000 acre petroleum exploration license north of
its Ma'anit-Joseph License, and tentatively denominated the Asher-Menashe
License, has been granted.
In the event of a commercial discovery, following recovery of certain
exploratory costs, Zion intends to donate 6% of its gross revenues from its
Israeli petroleum rights to two charitable trusts to be established by Zion,
one in Israel and one in the U.S.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this press release that are not
historical fact, including statements regarding Zion's planned operations,
potential results thereof and plans contingent thereon, are forward-looking
statements as defined in the "Safe Harbor'' provision of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are
based on assumptions that are subject to significant known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other unpredictable factors, many of which are described in
Zion's periodic reports filed with the SEC and are beyond Zion's control.
These risks could cause Zion's actual performance to differ materially from
the results predicted by these forward-looking statements. Zion can give no
assurance that the expectations reflected in these statements will prove to be
correct and assumes no responsibility to update these statements.
Zion's home page may be found at: www.zionoil.com
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For further information: Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. Sandra Green, 214-221-4610