CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 5, 2013) -


Santa Maria Petroleum Inc. (formerly Quetzal Energy Ltd.) (TSX VENTURE:SMQ) announces the appointment of Cameron Dow, C.A. as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective June 1, 2013.

Mr. Dow has been with Company since September 2010 as the Finance Manager and former Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Santa Maria, Mr. Dow was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Financial Controller of Sea Dragon Resources Ltd. Mr. Dow was previously Interim CFO of Calvalley Petroleum Inc. and a Partner of Daunheimer & Dow LLP Chartered Accountants, in Calgary. Cameron is a graduate of Queen's University and received his Chartered Accountant's designation in 1986.

Mr. John Martin, C.A. the former CFO, provided his services under a contract which expired on May 31, 2013. Santa Maria would like to thank Mr. Martin for his contribution during his tenure with the Company.

The appointment of Mr. Dow remains subject to regulatory approval.

Forward-Looking Statements - Certain information set forth in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the control of Quetzal, including, but not limited to the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, risks associated with oil and gas activities, currency fluctuations, dependence upon regulatory approvals, the availability of future financing and exploration risk. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information:

Santa Maria Petroleum Inc.
Ronald MacMicken
President & Chief Executive Officer