Gran Tierra Energy Inc. announced several new executive appointments effective immediately.
•Ryan Ellson, Chief Financial Officer
•Alan Johnson, Vice President, Asset Management
•Lawrence West, Vice President, Exploration
•Jim Evans, Vice President, Corporate Services
'I am delighted to have four key members from the Caracal team join Gran Tierra.' said Gary Guidry, President and CEO of Gran Tierra. 'The addition of Ryan, Alan, Lawrence and Jim will complement the existing excellent team at Gran Tierra.'
Ryan Ellson has joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer. Ryan has 15 years of experience in a broad range of international corporate finance and accounting roles. Most recently, Mr. Ellson was Head of Finance for Glencore E&P (Canada) and prior thereto Vice President, Finance at Caracal Energy, a London Stock Exchange listed company with operations in Chad, Africa. While at Caracal Energy, Mr. Ellson was instrumental in negotiating a $330 million farm-out to Glencore, secured a $250 million reserve based lending facility (winner of several trade finance deals of the year), and involved in multiple capital raises totaling approximately $500 million. Ryan was also instrumental in the successful listing of the Company on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to Caracal, Mr. Ellson held several management and executive positions with companies operating in Egypt, India and Canada. Mr. Ellson is a Charted Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan.