Commercial Director

Yann Cherruau has a total of 15 years in the oil and gas industry, where he was involved in projects across Asia and Africa.

Prior to joining Assala, Yann spent five years with Afren in London, Kurdistan and West Africa. As General Manager in Côte d’Ivoire, Yann had overall responsibility for Afren’s producing assets, high level negotiations with the Government and the company’s partners, resulting in divesting the production assets to the national oil company and securing two offshore exploration licenses. In Kurdistan, Yann was Afren first man on the ground. As Country Manager, he established Afren’s presence in the region and built the company’s credibility with local stakeholders as part of Afren’s fast track development project.

Yann began his career with Total and Baker Hughes in Singapore working on international contracts, Joint Ventures and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Yann holds a Specialised Master Degree in International Business Law from Essec Business School and an MBA from Insead, both in France.