Evolution Petroleum Corp. appointed Myra Coleman Bierria to its board of directors, according to a company press announcement on Sept. 12.

Effective Sept. 8, she will chair the company's recently formed sustainability committee, as well as serve on the nominating and corporate governance committee.

As an experienced attorney in corporate governance, security law and company board management, Bierria is well-suited for for the position given her decades-long career in energy and legal matters, the company stated.

"Myra's addition brings our board to an expanded six members and provides us with a needed skillset that will enhance the board's effectiveness as we continue to focus on maximizing total shareholder return," board chairman Robert Herlin commented in the release.

In addition to her new appointment, Bierria currently serves as vice president and corporate secretary at electric operating holding company Southern Co.

Prior to her Southern Co. roles, she served as vice president and corporate secretary at Southern Company Gas, formerly known as AGL Resources, as well as a business and technology attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP.

Based in Houston, Evolution Petroleum holds assets in the Delhi Field in northeast Louisiana, the Hamilton Dome field located in Hot Springs County, Wyo., the Barnett shale in North Texas, the Williston Basin in North Dakota and the Jonah Field in Sublette County, Wyo.