Berry Petroleum Names Controller, Treasurer

Berry Petroleum Co. has appointed Shawn Canaday, 31, the company's controller and Steven B. Wilson, 43, its treasurer, effective March 2, 2007. Wilson was recently named controller of Berry upon the retirement of Don Dale in December 2006. Both Canaday and Wilson report to Ralph Goehring, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

In announcing the appointments Goehring said, "Both Mr. Wilson and Mr. Canaday have been an integral part of the Berry finance leadership over the past three years. Both have demonstrated exceptional financial acumen in their respective roles at Berry. We are switching their roles to allow each of them the opportunity to broaden their experience and knowledge base, to enhance their leadership abilities and to provide executive depth within the Company. We all work well together and will continue to advance our broadening finance function as Berry executes its growth strategies."

Canaday has been the treasurer since December 2004 and joined Berry as a senior financial analyst in 2003. He is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, and has experience in both public accounting and the oil and gas industry, having previously worked for Chevron.

Wilson was promoted to controller from assistant controller in December 2006. He joined Berry in 2003 and is a graduate of Brigham Young University. Prior to joining Berry, Wilson held senior financial management positions with several companies and was an audit manager with Price Waterhouse LLP.

Berry Petroleum Company is a publicly traded independent oil and gas production and exploitation company with its headquarters in Bakersfield, California.