About Us

Who we are

About Us

Central European Petroleum Ltd. (CEP) registered in Calgary, Canada in 2006, and its wholly-owned affiliates, CEP Central European Petroleum GmbH, registered in Germany in 2008, and Central European Petroleum Ltd. sp. z o.o., registered in Poland in 2017, were set up to pursue petroleum exploration opportunities in the European Union, initially focusing on Germany. The management of CEP are well-respected industry professionals with extensive international experience in oil & gas exploration, production, field operations and finance.

CEP Management


Peter Putnam, PhD, P. Geol

CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Experience:

  • Dr. Putnam has more than 30 years varied experience in research, operations (exploration, development, and thermal oil recovery), corporate management, strategic positioning, equity raising; and broad international experience covering 6 continents and over 30 countries. Dr. Putnam is a proven value creator who has led several companies, including CEP, into significant land positions in Canada, France, Australia, Germany, and Algeria.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Calgary, 1985.

Other Associations:

  • President, Hay Valley Resources;
  • President and Chief Operating Officer, OSUM Oil Sands Corp. 2007 to 2008;
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. from 2000 to 2006.

Alula Damte, PhD, P. Geol

PRESIDENT & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CEP GMBH

Experience:

  • Dr. Damte has 20 years of petroleum industry and related teaching experience with expertise in petroleum systems analysis of basins in North, East and West Africa, North and South America, Western and Central Europe, and Western Australia. Throughout his industry career, he has provided solutions to structurally complex problems at the basin to prospect scale. He is also responsible for the identification of petroleum opportunities including the eastern Germany play concept for CEP. At CEP he has been the lead negotiator for farmouts and during capital raising efforts.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Geology, UC Santa Barbara 1997.

Other Associations:

  • Board Member, Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd.;
  • Technical Adviser to the Board, SouthWest Energy (H.K.) Ltd.

Robyn Hemminger

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Experience:

  • Mr. Hemminger has more than 15 years experience in the investment business including more than 12 years in the energy investment banking sector. Mr. Hemminger has varied experience in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning across the international energy spectrum including working with energy companies focused in Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Colombia, Egypt, France, Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, Libya, Mexico, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Romania, Trinidad, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

Education:

  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Manitoba
  • B. Comm., Finance, University of Manitoba

Jaap Bouwman, Economist

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF CEP GmbH

Experience:

  • Mr. Bouwman is a successful business executive with over 30 years experience. He has a proven track record of successful operations, strong negotiator with extensive experience in building business relationships, with in-depth knowledge of multicultural business environments in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and New Zealand. Mr. Bouwman has worked with CEP since August 2005.

Education:

  • Economist, Business Academy Münster-Osnabrück, 1972.

Other Associations:

  • Retired Honorary Consul of Germany in Calgary, Canada.

David Bertram, P.Eng.

VICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING

Experience:

  • Mr. Bertram has more than 30 years of world-wide experience in petroleum engineering operations, oil and gas field appraisal & development planning, production forecasting, economics, reserves evaluation, and M&A. He worked in production operations and reservoir engineering for Home Oil until 1992, when he joined Shell International: worked in PDO (Muscat) on gas-condensate field appraisal and development planning and then was seconded to Maersk Oil (Copenhagen), where he managed petroleum engineering operations for the Tyra Centre in the Danish sector of the North Sea. Mr. Bertram then became a partner in Adams Pearson Associates (now part of RPS Energy), where he worked as a reservoir engineering specialist on world-wide projects before starting his own reservoir engineering consulting company in 2006. Mr. Bertram joined CEP in early 2009.

Education:

  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Calgary, 1979.

Professional Memberships:

  • APEGGA, SPE.

Other Associations:

  • President, Bertram Reservoir Solutions Inc.

CEP Board of Directors

Peter Putnam (Chairman)

CEO, Central European Petroleum Ltd.

R. Ian Molson (Deputy Chairman)

Independent Businessman

Jeffrey Harris

Independent Businessman

Sabrina Liak

Founding Partner, ALOI Investment Management

Francis Sommer

Partner, Pamplona Capital Management

Carlos A. Pérez-Davila

Managing Director, Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc.

Rolf G. Skaar

Managing Director, Vision iO

Gregory G. Turnbull

Corporate Secretary, Q.C., Managing Partner with McCarthy Tétrault LLP