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Jakob Ruegg, manager of Fugro’s Offshore Survey activities since 1999, has now joined the board of Fugro NL.

Phil Chan has joined AJM Petroleum Consultants as VP, Advisory Services. He was previously with Talisman Energy.

Jay Manouchehri heads-up AspenTech’s new Middle East office in Bahrain.

Atos Origin has appointed Francis Delacourt VP Strategic Sales, Marc-Henri Desportes VP Global Innovation and Eric Grall VP Global Managed Services.

John Watson has been named Chairman and CEO of Chevron replacing retiree Dave O’Reilly. George Kirkland is Vice Chairman with the Global Upstream Operations brief.

DNV has appointed Kenneth Vareide as new regional manager for maritime and offshore class operations in North and South America.

EDS, an HP company is now ‘HP Enterprise Services.’

Jake Briggs heads-up eLynx Technologies’ new field services/business development office in Lander, Wyoming.

ERF Wireless has obtained FCC approval for some 90 WiMAX locations covering most oil and gas areas in the USA.

Harald Schmidt has been appointed to the Board of Directors of EuroGas.

Gerry Protti has been appointed Director and Chairman of the Board of Flint Energy Services. Protti hails from EnCana.

John Yeudall has resigned as Chairman and Director of ISS Group and is replaced by Evan Cross.

Knowledge Reservoir, and Omani-based Modern Petrotech have announced a joint venture company for the Middle East region.

Kongsberg has appointed Pål Helsing Executive VP responsible for oil and gas activities. Helsing was formerly with Aker Solutions.

McDermott Will & Emery has hired David Birchall to its London office with a view to expand its global energy practice. Birchall comes from Denton Wilde Sapte.

Richard Daniel has been appointed President of NW Natural Gas Storage. He was previously President of EnCana Gas Storage.

Bernard Looney (BP) is now co-vice chairman of Oil & Gas UK. Other co-chairs are Bob Keiller (PSN), John Gallagher (Shell) and Mike Bowyer ( Halliburton).

Jacoby Garcia heads-up Optimization Petroleum Technologies’ new Houston office.

Greg Hess is now with Q Associates at its new Houston location. Hess was formerly with Sun Microsystems.

Chris Cottam has joined Stingray as VP, Global Sales at its new Houston office. Cottam was formerly with Paradigm. Alan Knowlton has been appointed Supply Chain Director.

Paul Tyree has been promoted to Senior VP, North America for Total Safety. Universal Well Site Solutions has announced the launch of its Field Operations Survey Practice ‘to assist buyers, sellers and interested third parties in assessing the value of gas assets prior to sales, restructuring or merger and acquisition activity.’

Azima DLI has announced that its ‘Introduction to Vibration Analysis’ book can now be downloaded for free from the company’s website (

Spectrum has boosted its Houston processing capacity, increasing its CPU count by 50% and adding a 32 core Sun M5000 server with 120Tb of storage.

Schlumberger has opened a new reservoir completions manufacturing center in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

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