Gulf Keystone Petroleum appointed of Kristian 'Ewen' Ainsworth as Finance Director of the Company with immediate effect. Ainsworth replaces Jon Cooper who stepped down as Finance Director and as a Board member following the expiry of his notice period also on Jan. 23, 2008.
Ainsworth (age 45) has more than 20 years experience of finance roles within the oil & gas industry. Prior to joining Gulf Keystone, he was Finance Director of London AIM listed Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc.
Ainsworth has held increasingly senior finance positions within a number of oil & gas companies including Conoco (U.K.) Ltd (London), Murco Petroleum Ltd (London), Texaco Ltd (London and Aberdeen) and CIECO Exploration & Production (UK) Ltd where he was responsible for all aspects of North Sea accounting and providing financial support for the Algeria and Azerbaijan operations. He joined Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc in September 2004 where Ainsworth provided support to the business across a wide brief, including, preparation and submission of a successful licence application in Egypt, business development, compliance, legal and HR issues.
A qualified accountant, Ainsworth gained ACMA accreditation in 1993. He has strong technical skills in managing public company finances and regulatory obligations as well as international transaction and funding experience.
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