The board of directors of Colombia’s state-owned Ecopetrol named Alberto Consuegra Granger as interim CEO effective April 1 to replace Felipe Bayón Pardo who steps down on March 31.

Granger joined Ecopetrol in 2016 as the company’s vice president of supply and services and is currently the company’s chief operating officer and alternate legal representative, Ecopetrol announced March 24 in a press release.

Granger has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, and has also served as interim CEO of Cenit Transporte y Logística de Hidrocarburos SAS.

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The search for a permanent CEO continues with the use of an international recruitment firm, Ecopetrol said in its release.

Ecopetrol is Colombia’s largest oil and gas company and has embarked on expanding its international footprint offshore Brazil as well in the US Gulf of Mexico and more recently the Permian Basin through a joint venture with Occidental Petroleum.

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