GSE Systems Names Christopher D Sorrells Interim Chief Operating Officer
SYKESVILLE, Md. – August 25, 2015 – GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE MKT: GVP), a global energy industry performance improvement company, today announced that Christopher D. Sorrells has been appointed Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Company, effective August 25, 2015. He will report to Kyle J. Loudermilk, GSE’s Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Loudermilk said, “Chris is an incredibly experienced, talented and versatile executive who has helped guide the operations of numerous companies – including GSE – as a board member, advisor and investor. His deep understanding of the energy and power industries, detailed knowledge of the Company’s history and operations, and extensive experience with small cap publicly traded companies makes him a great fit to assume the Interim COO role for GSE. I look forward to working closely with Chris during this important period to drive GSE’s corporate evolution and put us on the path of delivering long-term shareholder value.”
Mr. Sorrells has served as a member of GSE’s Board of Directors since March 2012 and joins GSE from NGP Energy Technology Partners, an affiliated fund of NGP Energy Capital Management, a premier investment franchise in the natural resources industry. He served as both a Managing Director and Operating Partner and joined the firm at its formation in September 2005. From September 2003 to September 2005, he worked at Clarity Partners, an $814 million private equity firm based in Los Angeles focused on growth and control investments. Mr. Sorrells served as an investment banker covering the energy and power industries at Banc of America Securities from June 1998 to November 2002 and Salomon Smith Barney from August 1996 to June 1998. From September 1990 to August 1994, Mr. Sorrells began his career in sales and marketing, first as a manufacturer’s representative and then with a regional building supply distributor based in Washington, DC. Mr. Sorrells is also a member of the Board of Directors of Renewable Energy Group, one of the largest publicly traded global producers of biofuels, and has served on numerous private company Boards of Directors. Mr. Sorrells holds an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.
Mr. Sorrells commented, “I am excited about this opportunity to work closely with the employees of GSE and our new CEO, Kyle Loudermilk. We have a bright future at GSE and I want to be part of building a great company. I see significant intrinsic value within GSE that can be unleashed as we focus on serving the needs of our customer base with our unique capabilities, align our employees with shareholders, introduce best practices to improve operations and execute on our developing growth strategy. As a team, we can evolve and build the Company’s unique platform in the global energy and process industries to ensure a successful outcome for all stakeholders, including our customers, employees and shareholders.”
About GSE Systems, Inc.
GSE is a world leader in real-time high-fidelity simulation, providing a wide range of simulation, training, consulting and engineering solutions to the power and process industries. Its comprehensive and modular solutions help customers achieve performance excellence in design, training and operations. GSE’s products and services are tailored to meet specific client requirements such as scope, budget and timeline. The Company has over four decades of experience, more than 1,100 installations, and hundreds of customers in over 50 countries spanning the globe. GSE Systems is headquartered in Sykesville (Baltimore), Maryland, with offices in Navarre, Florida and Beijing, China. Information about GSE Systems is available at www.gses.com.
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