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Deryck Spooner has joined API as Senior Director for ‘External Mobilization.’ Spooner hails from the Nature Conservancy. Why are we thinking poachers and gamekeepers now?

Aveva is building a ‘state-of-the-art’ visualization centre in its Americas HQ in Houston.

The Energy Institute has merged with the British Energy Association to form the UK Member Committee of the World Energy Council. UKWEC is chaired by Michael Gibbons.

Energy Solutions has promoted Rene Varon to VP of global sales.

Energistics has restored the link to its Epicentre data model that was inadvertently dropped in the move to a new website.

Izaskun Azpiritxaga is manager of Fugro-Jason’s new office in Bogota, Colombia.

IBM has opened an Energy & Utilities Solutions Lab in Beijing, China.

Knowledge Reservoir has appointed Larry Denver as President and BJ Crouse as General Manager, Middle and Far East. Both come from Ascend geo.

Jürgen Dold is president and CEO of Leica Geosystems.

Jeffrey Spittel and Sonny Randhawa have joined Madison Williams as oil services sector analysts.

Carrizo Oil & Gas, EnCore Oil and Wintershall E&P have joined UK Common Data Access.

The Kazakhstan-British Technical University has deployed a 10-TFlops IBM BladeCenter cluster running Paradigm software.

PetroSkills has announced a joint venture with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology for instructor and e-learning in production, operations and drilling.

Khoa Van and Stephen Howard have joined Petrosys as software testers. Andrew Dunn has been appointed as support geoscientist.

RigNet has elected Ørjan Svanevik to its board. He hails from Cubera Private Equity. The company has also opened a service center in Williamsport, Pennsylvania headed-up by Ricky Begnaud.

Broker R.J. O’Brien & Associates has opened a Houston office. Steffen van Keppel and Tod Mitchell jointly head-up the new unit.

SensorTran has selected Lupatech S.A. as the exclusive distributor for its distributed temperature sensing systems in Brazil.

Javier Castrillo Penadés and Marta de Amusátegui y Vergara have been appointed to Telvent’s Board of Directors. Penadés is from Banco Santander and Vergara from consulting firm AILARA.

Terrapin is offering a ‘3 day MBA’ in Oil & Gas, in London next June. The course is presented by Saudi Aramco consultant M. A. Mian.

Kristian Johansen has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of TGS. Johansen was formerly Executive VP and CFO of EDB Business Partner.

Tidewater has promoted Matthew A. Mancheski CIO.

Marty Gaulin is to head up Worley-Parsons’ expansion into Newfoundland and Labrador while Mike Paulin has been named operations director.

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