Canadian oil producer Talisman Energy is making room on its board for two members nominated by activist investor Carl Icahn , and one of them will sit on a search committee looking for a new chief executive. In a statement released before the markets opened, Talisman said Samuel Merksamer and Jonathan Christodoro will join its board this month. Both are managing directors at Icahn Capital , a unit of Icahn Enterprises . Many investors have been waiting for a move like this since October, when Icahn first said he had taken a stake in Talisman and intended to talk with the company's management about strategic alternatives. The latest company filings show that Icahn holds 7.37 per cent of Calgary -based Talisman, a chronic underformer in the Canadian oil patch. "Although board involvement was expected given Icahn's previously disclosed 7 per cent equity stake in Talisman, we view this as positive as it represents another step toward Talisman's intentions to unlock shareholder value," RBC Capital Markets analyst Greg Pardy said in a note. Talisman has been restructuring its operations to lower costs and boost its share price, announcing $1.5 billion in asset sales so far this year, including the sale of some of its natural gas assets in British Columbia's Montney field to Malaysia -controlled Progress Energy Canada Ltd.
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