Gulfsands Appoints New Executive Director

North Africa and Middle East-focused independent Gulfsands Petroleum announced Monday that Ian Conway has been appointed as an executive director of the firm.

Conway, whose title will be "Executive Director: Technical and Operations", is a petroleum engineer with more than 25 years' experience in the upstream oil and gas sector. He has worked for ExxonMobil, Maersk and BP both in the UK and internationally.

Conway joins the board having been with the company since 2009 in the role of Vice President: Petroleum Engineering.

Meanwhile, Gulfsands also announced that David Cowan, a non-executive director since 2006, has stepped down from his role.

Gulfsands Chief Executive Mahdi Sajjad commented in a company statement:

"We are enormously appreciative of all that David has done for the company over the past eight years. He has made a tremendous contribution. David's retirement from the board due to pressure of other business is entirely understandable but his presence on our board will be sorely and sincerely missed.
"We are pleased to welcome Ian Conway to our board. Ian has been an important member of our senior management team since joining the company. He has played an important role in the successful development of the company's interests in Block 26 Syria and more recently in our new business development activities.  Ian will also bring an additional technical perspective to the board's deliberations.
"The company is actively engaged in seeking new non-executive representation to replace David Cowan."

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