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Altima Resources appoints interim CEO

Altima ResourcesAltima Resources, a junior energy company, has appointed Joe DeVries as interim CEO and president of the company, replacing Richard Switzer, who wants to retire from active involvement.

Mr. DeVries has more than of 20 years of experience financing and administering public companies. He has been instrumental in the reorganization and reactivation of Tier 2 TSX-Venture oil and gas companies.

Currently Mr. DeVries is CEO and a director of Petrichor Energy Inc., an integrated oil and gas operating company with producing fields in Mississippi, and is President, CEO and a director of Precision Enterprises Inc.

Mr. Switzer is a professional geologist whose oil and gas career spans over 35 years.

Mr. Switzer'ss formal career began with Texaco Inc. in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked as an exploration geologist involving structurally complex salt driven structures.

In 1972 he relocated to Calgary, Alberta with Amoco Canada, developing drilling prospects in the multiple sub-basins of the Grand Banks offshore Newfoundland.

Mr. Switzer continued his exploration work spanning the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) and Beaufort Sea regions for Skelly Oil Canada and Mesa Petroleum, working for industry icon T. Boone Pickens.

Mr. Switzer was a co-founder, senior Vice-President and a director of Northstar Resources Ltd., and Exploration Manager and a director for MCL Oil and Gas (Mutual Life of Canada).

He has developed drilling prospects and consulted both in Canada and the United States, with emphasis on the Western Canadian and Williston Basins.

He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1972) and is a Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Geologists Geophysicists and Engineers of Alberta (1975).

Growing up in the petroleum industry in Pennsylvania, he graduated in Geological Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University in 1969.

Mr. Switzer is a director of Petrichor Energy Inc. and Precision Enterprises Inc., and is a past director of MLC Oil and Gas and Northstar Resources.


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