April 2010 Personnel News

April 2010 Vol. 237 No. 4

Veteran energy journalist Daniel Whitten has joined the America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) as vice president of Strategic Communications. Whitten will help lead the association’s efforts to promote the environmental, economic and national security benefits of clean, abundant and North American natural gas.

The Clock Spring Company recently added three new employees. Darren Looi joins sales efforts and operations in Malaysia; Dimas Satya Lesmana joined sales efforts and operations in Indonesia; and Keith Hodson is technology manager in the UK office.

Ruofei “Charles” Zheng has joined the Pipeline Machinery International (PLM) team in China as territory manager. He will focus on maintaining and expanding PLM’s relationships with clients in China and coordinating its China operations. He joins a PLM presence in the Asia Pacific region that is expanding to serve a rapidly growing pipeline construction industry. New staff and office locations are planned or in place in Australia, Singapore, and China. The China operations will be headquartered in Beijing, near the “Pipeline City” of Langfang (home to China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau).

“We look forward to having Charles directly on hand in Beijing for our major pipeline customers,” said PipeLine Machinery International President Mel Ternan. “PLM has enjoyed equipment supply success in China and is Caterpillar’s exclusive equipment supplier for China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau. By establishing PLM’s base in Beijing, we are better serving this growing market.”

After more than 55 years of service to Heath Consultants Inc., Milton W. Heath Jr. announced his retirement as chairman of the board. To continue the family legacy, Carolyn Heath Haag was named board chairman.

BJ Services Company named Kyle Ruzick area manager – Gulf Coast for its process and pipeline services group. He will oversee all process and pipeline services operations, business development initiatives and financial management in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Ernest Lever, a leader in the field of plastic piping systems, has joined Gas Technology Institute (GTI) as a senior institute engineer to lead GTI’s research, testing, development and deployment of plastic pipe, fittings and other products.

Michael Bellamy
has been appointed general manager of GE’s PII Pipeline Solutions business. He will be relocating to PII’s headquarters in Cramlington, Northumberland in the UK. In conjunction with this appointment, GE Oil & Gas announced the retirement of John Bucci, general manager, PII Pipeline Solutions, after 34 years of service.

Blake H. Winburne joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP as a partner in the Energy & Commodities Advisory Practice Group. He is based in the Houston office.

RigNet Inc. has named John Bush manager, Strategic Business Development, which will be focused on extending remote communications and collaborative applications to new geographic and vertical markets. In other news, RigNet relocated its Aberdeen operations to the Arnhall Business Park, 9 Abercrombie Court, Prospect Road, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, AB32 6FE. Phone +44-1224-442100 or sales@rig.net.

Samantha May was appointed commercial manager at Oilennium Ltd. She is responsible for financial management and will oversee marketing communications, new business and client-development initiatives.

Richard Bailey
is the new executive vice president for the Asia/Pacific region at GL Noble Denton. He directs the company’s services in markets in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Michael J. Dickman has joined Perella Weinberg Partners as a partner in its Corporate Advisory Group. The addition of Dickman is expected to expand the firm’s coverage of the energy industry. He is based in New York.
Steve Baker, vice president at Union Gas in Chatham, Ontario, will assume the role of vice president and treasurer, Spectra Energy Corp. Allen Capps, vice president and treasurer, will assume Baker’s role of vice president, Business Development Storage and Transmission.

Andy Martin is the new communications and public relations manager at EagleBurgmann. He will lead in the professional development of business-to-business marketing communications efforts.

MISTRAS Group Inc. announced the appointment of Mark Carlos to chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), E07 Committee on Non Destructive Testing (NDT).

Oceaneering International, Inc. named M. Kevin McEvoy executive vice president and COO. He will be responsible for all business operations.

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced that Mark Lewis and Kirk Morgan have joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as partners in its energy practice. Lewis focuses on midstream oil and gas pipeline development projects in the United States and globally with respect to project structuring, contracting and government approvals. Morgan concentrates on energy-related projects and transactions. He represents oil and gas producers and marketers; gas pipeline developers, owners, operators and investors; and gas distributors.

Accommodations specialist HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, named Tim Murphy technical sales and marketing manager. Based in Houston, he will manage the technical sales and marketing operations for the Western Hemisphere.

PG&E Corporation and its utility unit, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, announced managerial changes that saw Anil Suri named vice president and chief risk and audit officer. He will also serve as the companies’ chief audit officer. Sara Cherry was named vice president, finance and CFO of Pacific Gas & Electric. Dinyar Mistry, vice president and chief risk and audit officer, was named vice president and controller of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas & Electric.

As part of its recent expansion, Houston-based Allied Power Group named Tim Lambright its new sales and repair specialist.

Wood Group’s Alliance Engineering has hired Matthew A. McKinstry and Tommy L. Yates as facility engineers to develop and execute major offshore projects.