The Board of Directors has four members, who are:
Scott C. Larsen
Scott C. Larsen, who is also the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, previously served as the president and chief executive officer of TransAtlantic Petroleum Corp. and was involved in TransAtlantic’s international activities since that company’s inception in 1994 until 2012. Mr. Larsen is an attorney by training with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Larsen previously served as general counsel for an independent exploration company, was a partner in a business litigation law firm and and in a venture capital and management company. Mr. Larsen brings to the board extensive leadership experience, organizational experience and extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, particularly in international oil and gas exploration and development.
Dr. Arthur Halleran
Dr. Halleran has served as a director of the Company since October 4, 2011. Dr. Halleran has a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Calgary, and has 33 years of international petroleum exploration experience. His international experience includes countries such as Canada, Colombia, Egypt, India, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, Chile, Brazil, Pakistan, Peru, Tunisia, Trinidad Tobago, Argentina, Ecuador and Guyana. Dr. Halleran’s experience includes work with Petro-Canada, Chevron, Rally Energy, Canacol Energy, United Hunter Oil and Gas Corp. and United Hydrocarbon International Corp. In 2007, Dr. Halleran founded Canacol Energy Ltd., a company with petroleum and natural gas exploration and development activities in Colombia, Brazil and Guyana, where he served as vice president of exploration. Previously Dr. Halleran was a consulting geologist for Rally Energy Corp. (Egypt) which discovered prolific reservoirs in Egypt. Dr. Halleran currently serves as Vice President of Exploration & Development for United Hydrocarbon International Corp., a company with oil interests in Chad, Africa. Dr. Halleran was appointed as a director of the Company to provide technical expertise and oversight to the Dobroudja Basin gas project in Bulgaria. We consider his education and technical experience in the energy sector to be invaluable to our Company.
David M. Thompson
Mr. Thompson has thirty (30) years of financial experience in the oil and gas industry. He successfully founded an oil trading company in Bermuda with offices in the U.S. and Europe (Geneva, Moscow and Amsterdam). He was responsible for the company’s production operations in Turkmenistan and successfully raised over $100 million in equity. Mr. Thompson also negotiated the farm-out of a number of company assets. Mr. Thompson is Managing Director of AMS Limited; a Bermuda based Management Company. In the past he served as Founder, President and CEO of Sea Dragon Energy Inc. (TSX:V), Chief Financial Officer of Aurado Energy, Chief Financial Officer of Forum Energy Corporation (OTC), Financial Director of Forum Energy Plc (AIM) and Senior Vice President at Larmag Group of Companies. Mr. Thompson is a Certified Management Accountant (1998). He currently also serves as a Director of United Hydrocarbon International Corp. Mr. Thompson’s addition to the Board provides considerable experience in financial and accounting matters as well as international oil and gas experience.
Ijaz Khan currently serves as Vice President, Special Projects for United Hydrocarbon International Corp. Previously, he was the General Counsel for the Kuwait Gulf Oil Company, a subsidiary of Kuwait’s State Oil Company, Kuwait Petroleum Company. There Mr. Khan was in charge of the team advising on the merger of all the upstream subsidiaries of the Kuwait Petroleum Company and was responsible for negotiating the terms of a master agreement with Saudi Arabia Chevron regarding the shared concession in the Divided Zone between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. holds a law degree from Seattle University School of Law and formerly practiced corporate law with the Law Firm of Mussehl and Khan. Mr. Khan brings extensive international experience in the oil and gas industry to the Board.