PARIS, January 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Maurel & Prom announces the appointment of Jean Bie to the position of Exploration Director at Etablissements Maurel & Prom, effective 3 January 2011.

Mr Bie is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris. He joined the Elf Group, which later became Total, as a geophysicist engineer in October 1974. He spent his entire career with the group, including 26 years in the Exploration and Production Department. In 2000 Mr Bie became Chief Executive Officer of Total Exploration-Production Nederland, and then Chief Executive Officer of Total Gabon in 2004. On 1 September 2008 he was appointed Vice President, Purchasing of the Total Group in Paris.

Jean Bie is particularly familiar with the countries where Maurel & Prom seeks to focus, namely Nigeria (where he was Exploration Director from 1987 to 1992) and Gabon. He brings the Group its experience in the technical fields of Exploration-Production as well as managerial experience.

After 10 years as Exploration Director at Maurel & Prom, Daniel Pelerin, 64, will continue his collaboration with the Group as Adviser to Senior Management and the Exploration Department.

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1/4/2011 Analyst presentations (10 am)

11/5/2011 Shareholders' Meeting (10 am)

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