Folks, facts, orgs

Altair, Codesys Group, Datagration, Esri, EPAM, Forum Energy Technologies, Fugro, GE Digital, Houlihan Lokey, Imubit, Intelligent Wellhead Systems, KP Engineering, Lapis Energy, Maurel & Prom, mCloud, Research Council of Norway, Opportune, Ovation Data, Petrosys, Railroad Commission of Texas, Ryder Scott, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, TotalEnergies, DataCo.

Sandy Carter has joined the Altair board of directors. Carter was previously with Amazon Web Services and is also SVP and ‘channel chief’ of Unstoppable Domains, a software company ‘building domains on blockchains’.

Patrik Hug is now head of sales at Codesys Group. He was previously with Schneider Electric.

Texas A&M petroleum engineering chair, Jeff Spath, has joined Datagration as Executive Advisor. Spath previously served as president of Schlumberger’s reservoir management group and later as CEO of the Texas Oil & Gas Institute.

Brian Boulmay has moved from Director, DataWorx Integration at BP to director, Petroleum Community & Solutions at Esri.

James Brady has been appointed CTO Energy at consultants EPAM. He hails from Schlumberger.

Neal Lux is now president and CEO at Forum Energy Technologies. Current chairman and CEO Christopher Gaut moves over to executive chairman.

CÚline Gerson is now group director Americas with Fugro succeeding retiree Edward Saade. Gerson hails from Schlumberger.

Scott Reese is now CEO of GE Digital. He joins from Autodesk.

Rouzbeh Fazlinejad has joined Houlihan Lokey as MD of the new Middle East industry group in Dubai.

AI process specialist Imubit has appointed Robin McCaffrey as head of people, Ran Rosin as head of product, and Shlomi Zohar as head of infrastructure. Zohar was previously with Sisense.

CEO William Standifird is base manager at Intelligent Wellhead Systems’ new 15,000-sq-ft Houston facility that will support onshore USA unconventional operations.

Bill Preston is the new president and CEO at KP Engineering. He has been president and COO since 2015.

Hamish Wilson heads-up the team at environmental start-up Lapis Energy. The team includes Glen Cayley, former VP of Shell UK and Brian Mitchener, former exploration head of BG.

French E&P Maurel & Prom has named Jean-Philippe Hagry as COO and technical director following Philippe Corlay’s retirement.

Vincent Higgins, formerly with Honeywell has joined mCloud as president, oil and gas digitization at its new Houston hub. MENA president Ibrahim Al-Hindawi heads-up the mCloud-Aramco hub in Saudi Arabia. Dave Weinerth has been promoted to EVP AssetCare Solutions.

The Research Council of Norway has announced that two new national petroleum centers will receive state funding. The National center for sustainable use of energy resources on the Norwegian continental shelf (University of Stavanger) and the Center for sustainable subsurface resources (NORCE, Bergen) will each receive some NOK 80 million over eight years.

Opportune LLP named Ken Bourgeois, Byrony Coan and Glenn Hartfiel to new ‘principal’ leadership roles. Bourgeois is an IT solutions specialist, Coan has over 20 years experience in software implementation and process streamlining. Hartfiel works in IT strategy, architecture, project management, and assessment.

Ovation Data has appointed Mark Bashforth as CEO. Bashforth hails from Ikon Science. Sam Loree has been appointed chief revenue officer.

Founder Volker Hirsinger is retiring after nearly 40 years with Petrosys.

The Railroad Commission of Texas has hired its first chief data officer, Alkesh Amodwala. Amodwala, who hails from General Motors, leads a new, 10 member team in the RRC’s IT services division focusing on data projects.

Manish Singh has joined Ryder Scott as a senior environmental engineer. Singh was previously a corporate consultant at Hess Corp.

Ted Bakamjian has retired from his position as Associate Executive Director, Publications and Communities at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He will continue in an as-needed consulting role. Jeno Mavzer has been promoted to Director, Journals.

Namita Shah heads-up TotalEnergiesOneTech’ organization that federates the company’s technical and scientific expertise. OneTech comprises 3,300 engineers, technicians and researchers, working on the new challenges faced by TotalEnergies.


Henri Tykoezinski, formerly with DataCo and co-founder of Geognostics died after a short illness. Read Jon Teasdale’s account of his fascinating life on LinkedIn.

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