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Baker Hughes has appointed Belgacem Chariag as VP and President Eastern Hemisphere Operations. Chariag was formerly with Schlumberger.

Gary Pope has been named to lead the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security, one of 46 new Energy Frontier Research Centers announced by the US administration.

ConocoPhillips has made a number of changes: Ryan Lance is senior VP, E&P International, Kevin Meyers VP, E&P Americas, Kevin Mitchell VP, E&P Strategy, Administration.

Melinda Faust, former Director of Marketing, has returned to DrillingInfo as Director, Business Development.

Douglas Gibson, former CEO of Vibtech, has joined ERF Wireless.

Exprodat has launched two new Petroleum GIS training courses, ‘Play Fairway Mapping with ArcGIS’ and ‘Building and Managing an E&P GIS.’

Raimund Sommer, MD of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions, is chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation’s EMEA Executive Advisory Council.

Flowserve has named Dean Freeman VP and Treasurer. Paul Fehlman is now VP Financial Planning and Analysis and Investor Relations.

GE Oil & Gas has appointed Sam Aquillano as VP Drilling and Production Systems.

Geoservices is using Facebook to promote its brand with a game ‘The Oil Conquest Challenge.’

Geosoft has made new marine gravity data from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography available for download via its public DAP Server at no charge.

IDS has appointed Douwe Franssens as General Manager.

Intertek has expanded its services to the upstream with oilfield safety and certification, offshore infrastructure integrity, vendor compliance and more.

Nicholas Pomeroy is to head-up Invensys’ new North Caspian Service Centre at Atyrau, Kazakhstan.

Kjell-Arne Bjerkhaug has been appointed to Kadme’s Board of Directors. Bjerkhaug is also on the ECIM board.

The US Minerals Management Service has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to exchange resource management information.

Vornel Walker has been promoted to VP, Marketing at COADE.

P2 Energy Solutions has appointed Eric Thurston VP of Sales Operations. Thurston was previously with SAP Americas.

Paradigm’s Innocentive Challenge (OITJ November 2008) on fracture net representation has been ‘solved’ by Stuart Rosenberg from Washington University in Saint Louis.

Schlumberger has named product group presidents: Paal Kibsgaard, Reservoir Characterization, Doug Pferdehirt, Reservoir Production and Jeff Spath, Reservoir Management. All report to executive VP Chakib Sbiti.

Richard Kluth has been appointed general manager of Sensorsnet, where he was previously COO.

Victor Minor of Blue Marble Geographics has been named Chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium’s Data Quality Working Group. Matt Beare of 1Spatial was named the Vice Chair.


The PPDM Association took issue with our report from its Spring User Group meeting (OITJ March 09). PPDM points out that it has never been ‘near liquidation’ as we wrongly reported. PPDM chairman David Hood did use the ‘L’ word, but in the context of a potential situation that might have arisen without a change of course. PPDM also wants to make it clear that while it did receive support from ConocoPhillips and Chevron, many other member companies have provided similar support to PPDM in the recent past. Our apologies to PPDM for the mis-representation.

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