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The African Energy Chamber has appointed Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard to its advisory board. Pompigne-Mognard is a communications and technology specialist who is also founder and chairman of APO Group, a pan-African communications and business consultancy.

Marine and offshore consultancy AqualisBraemar has named John Harris as MD South East Asia region, an internal promotion. AqualisBraemar has also opened an office in the Port of Tyne, North East of England, with Steven Lee as manager.

ARMA, the American Records Management Association has named Jason Stearns as president.

Engineer Bechtel has named Craig Albert as president and COO. Shaun Kenny succeeds him as president of the infrastructure business. Albert succeeds former COO Jack Futcher who is to retire at year-end 2020.

The US Bureau of Economic Geology has appointed Kenneth Wisian to associate director of its environmental division. Wisian was previously at the University of Texas at Austin.

The California Hydrogen Business Council has named Bill Zobel as executive director. Zobel hails from Trillium.

CAM Integrated Solutions, a provider of EPCM services to the onshore oil and gas industry, has appointed Brian McPherson chief accounting officer.

Stefano Calzolari has been elected president of CEN, the EU Committee for Standardization.

CenterPoint Energy has appointed David Lesar as president and CEO. Lesar was previously CEO at Halliburton.

Completion optimization specialist Cold Bore Technology co-founder and president Brett Chell is now also CEO.

ConocoPhillips EVP and CFO Don Wallette is to retire. Bill Bullock takes over both roles.

National Oilwell Varco spin-out DistributionNOW has appointed Dave Cherechinsky as CEO.

Emerson is to invest $100 million in an innovation center and expanded manufacturing operations in Boulder, Colorado.

The Enbridge board of directors has appointed Stephen Poloz as a director. He was previously Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Justin Morin, founder and executive chairman of the EnerCorp board of directors, has retired from active duties. EnerCorp continues with current president and CEO James Pung.

Tove Andersen has been elected to the Equinor board of directors. She hails from Yara International ASA.

Steve Greenlee is to retire as president, ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development Company. Linda DuCharme is named Corporate VP and President of the UBDC unit and has been named VP of Exxon Mobil Corporation. She also retains her position as president of ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company.

Flotek Industries has appointed Michael Borton as CFO. Earlier in his career Borton held financial roles at Schlumberger and Halliburton-Landmark. Flotek also announced that TengBeng Koid is to join the company as president, global business. Koid hails from Emerson Automation Solutions.

In an internal promotion, Fluor has named Joe Brennan as CFO.

As part of an ongoing cost reduction plan, Forum Energy Technology’s corporate executive team is being reduced and reorganized. Lyle Williams is now executive VP and CFO. Neal Lux is executive VP operations. Both report to CEO Cris Gaut. Senior VP and CFO Pablo Mercado is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Steve LaZar has joined Geotech Computer Systems as VP business development. He hails from Atmosfir Optics.

The Government of Canada has named Gitane De Silva as CEO of the Canada Energy Regulator, a five year term of appointment.

Grant Thornton has named Lisa Walkush as its national managing principal of its Industry program. She also serves on the firm’s National Leadership Team.

Executive Director Scott Gale is to head-up Halliburton’s new clean energy development innovation unit, Halliburton Labs, located at the Houston HQ.

Pierre-Franck Chevet has been appointed president of the board of IFPen, formerly the French Petroleum Institute. Chevet hails from the French Ministry of Industry.

In an internal promotion, the Ikon Science board has named Denis Saussus as CEO and member of the board.

INPEX has named Shigeru Togase VP of the Logistics & IMT Division, Nozomi Fujita general manager of the Abu Dhabi Projects Division and Hisato Akiyama general manager of Logistics and IMT. Kiyoshi Niikawa is now director of the Teiseki Pipeline Company and Toshihiro Tanaka is general manager at the Naoetsu LNG Terminal/Domestic Energy Supply and Marketing Division.

Intrepid Financial Partners has hired Tim Carlson as MD of its advisory business in Houston. Carlson hails from Evercore Partners.

iRely, a provider of enterprise software for petroleum distributors and C-stores, announces the appointment of Ed Kane as director of sales, east and Keith Haag director of sales, west.

Iron Mountain has appointed Kimberly Anstett Executive VP and CTO. Ansett joined Iron Mountain in May 2019 as CIO.

Lytt has named Paul Vickery as interim chief executive. Lilia Noble has joined the company as operations engineer, well integrity. She was previously with Schlumberger.

Marathon Petroleum has hired Ehren Powell as Senior VP, Chief Digital Officer. He was previously with GE Healthcare.

Georganne Hodges will succeeds retiree Todd Fredin as Executive VP Supply, Trading and Logistics with Motiva.

Mehdi Bouguetaia has joined Neptune Energy as MD Algeria based in Algiers. He was previously with Shell’s Rashpetco Egyptian joint venture.

Erik Garshol has been hired as director of organization and IT at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. May Karin Mannes is director of NCS analysis and data management. Torgeir Stordal is director of geoscience, technology and ‘co-existence’.

The UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has appointed two new non-executive directors, Iain Lanaghan and Sarah Deasley.

Tendeka VP for Europe, Russia, CIS & Africa, Gillian King, has joined the Board of The Oil & Gas Technology Centre.

The first meeting of the Oil and Gas Sector Skills Unit (SSU) Governing Board meeting was held at the headquarters of the Oman Society for Petroleum Services.

The OPC Foundation has appointed Michael Clark as director of the OPC Foundation, North America.

Julie Knott has been hired as sales engineer at Okeanus Science & Technology in Houston.

Pason Systems is to implement a long-term succession plan, to take effect on October 1, 2020. James Hill will be retiring as Chair of the Board of Directors. Current President and CEO Marcel Kessler is also to retire and will succeed Hill as Non-Executive Chair of the Board. Jon Faber will succeed Kessler as President and CEO. David Elliott assumes the role of interim CFO until a permanent successor is appointed.

Nathan Meehan has joined as senior advisor for reserves and emissions. Meehan is president of CMG Petroleum Consulting and was the 2016 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

PHMSA, the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has awarded $10 million to fund a new pipeline research, development and testing center in Pueblo, Colorado. More from Transportation Technology Center.

PPDM has named Matt Becker as the new Chair of the PPDM Education Advisory Committee. Becker is MD of Sullexis’ Enterprise Data Management practice. PPDM has also named Phil Cremer as chair of the PPDM Reference Values Project. PPDM’s Professional Development Committee has developed six ‘baseline job descriptions’, which can be used to develop or augment existing job descriptions. The ‘widely-recognized’ roles are Data Analyst, Data Manager, Chief Data Manager, Data Steward, Petrotechnical Business Analyst, and Petrotechnical Data Scientist.

Tarun Chandrasekhar has been hired as senior VP Product at Riversand. He was previously with BP.

Mia Hutchens has joined the Texas Railroad Commission as Director of Public Affairs.

Ryder Scott has promoted Brett Gray to senior VP, Gilly Rosen to VP, Anton Siyatskiy to VP and Andrew Wright to ‘economist’.

The SEI has named Anita Carleton the director of its Software Solutions Division.

Krista Saunders has been promoted to the role of COO at SeisWare.

Lara Caimi has been named Chief Customer and Partner Officer with ServiceNOW.

Judith Wiese has been appointed Managing Board member and Labor Director of Siemens AG.

Charif Souki has been promoted from non-executive to executive chairman at Tellurian

Steve McMillan has been appointed president and CEO of Teradata. He was previously with F5 Networks.

Karl Blanchard, Executive VP and COO at Weatherford is to assume the role of interim CEO until a permanent President and CEO has been appointed.

Woodside has named Fiona Hick Senior VP Operations. Tom Ridsdill-Smith has taken up a new role as senior VP Climate.

The California-based Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) has appointed Tiffany Roberts as VP, Regulatory Affairs. Margo Parks has been promoted to Director, California and Southwest Policy. Zach Leary has been taken-on as Manager, California Policy.

We’re hiring

Starting September 2020, Halliburton Labs will begin accepting applications from individuals and startups interested in a collaborative environment ‘where entrepreneurs, academics, investors and industrial labs join to advance cleaner, affordable energy’.

[Not exactly ‘hiring’ but …] Ikon Science has restarted its ‘Geos Between Jobs’ program, offering free e-learning RokDoc Rock Physics training to unemployed geophysics professionals.


The International Association for Energy Economics has announced the death of Stephen Brown, a ‘mainstay’ of the organization and writer on topics such as macroeconomic and regional impacts of energy price shocks, the relationship between oil and natural gas pricing, and energy security.

Enbridge announces that Charles Fischer, a long-standing member of its board of directors died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

The Journal of Petroleum Technology reports the death of Giovanni Paccaloni, former SPE President and VP R&D with ENI. More from the JPT.

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