TransAtlantic Petroleum Welcomes Mel Riggs to Board of Directors

TransAtlantic Petroleum has appointed Mel G. Riggs to the Company's Board of Directors. Riggs has served as a Director, and as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, of Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. since 1994. Riggs is a certified public accountant and received a B.B.A. degree in accounting from Texas Tech University. He will chair the Company's audit committee.

Malone Mitchell, the Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors, added, "I have known Mel for many years, and his knowledge of energy company operations and financial management are going to be a great addition to TransAtlantic as we undertake the growth challenges and opportunities ahead. I respect his counsel and look forward to working with him."