February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

Company & Association News

Names in the News

David Cedro joined the Danos executive team as vice president of finance and administration, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s domestic and international administration, finance and accounting activities. James Callahan, who previously held the senior finance position, moves into a new role as vice president of project services. Cedro previously held management postions with Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen L and the Shaw Group.

Terry Boss, senior vice president of environment, safety and operations, at the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) will retire Dec. 31 after a 33-year career in the pipeline industry, including 23 years with INGAA. Boss’ crowning achievement at INGAA was spearheading the industry effort to develop its Integrity Management Continuous Improvement (IMCI) effort in 2011, which is grounded in the zero pipeline incidents goal.

The Texas Pipeline Association (TPA) and the GPA Midstream Association (GPA) congratulate Michael Honeycutt on his appointment as chair of the EPA’s Chartered Science Advisory Board (SAB). Both TPA and GPA worked with Honeycutt in his capacity as the chief toxicologist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). He has consulted with member companies on regional air quality issues, including challenges presented by the impacts from emissions due to the production of oil and gas in the Barnett Shale Region.

David Sinclair has been appointed  by ROV services provider M2 Subsea as business development manager – renewables and decommissioning. Based in Aberdeen, he will be responsible for leading the company’s business acquisition strategy for both these sectors in the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Europe.

Kris Patrick was named president of Ergon Refining and Ergon, West Virginia, the company’s naphthenic and paraffinic refineries. He will head up manufacturing operations, supply and distribution, planning, and sales and marketing for the refining and marketing business sector. Patrick joined Ergon as  a process engineer and most recently served as senior vice president of Refining, Planning and Supply.

Pamela Butcher has been named CEO and president of Pilot Chemical Company. She has served in various capacities for the company, including CEO, president, COO and member of the board of directors over the last seven years. Butcher,  who joined Pilot Chemical in 2010 after 29 years with Dow Chemical, replaces former president Michael Scott.

EnLink’s Boards of Directors appointed Barry E. Davis to executive chairman, Michael J. Garberding to president and CEO, and Eric D. Batchelder to executive vice president and chief financial officer. Steve J. Hoppe, EnLink executive vice president and president of the Gas Business Unit, is leaving the company to pursue other interests. He has been with EnLink since its creation in 2014.

Paulo Ruiz Sternadt has been appointed CEO of the Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division. He succeeds Judith Marks, who will leave the company at her own request. Ruiz Sternadt has more than 16 years with Siemens in multiple global roles in the United States, Germany, Mexico and Brazil. Most recently he was executive vice president of Global Solutions for the Dresser-Rand.

Ryan Carbrey, Benjamin Stewart, Alex Yang and Thomas Jacob joined the Houston office of Rystad Energy, the Oslo-based energy consultancy and research provider, in the company’s Shale Research Division, to provide research, analysis and strategic consulting services.

WildHorse Resource Development Corporation appointed Stephanie C. Hildebrandt as an independent director to the Board, effective immediately. Hildebrandt is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Archrock, Inc. She also serves as a director for Rice Midstream Management LLC, the general partner of Rice Midstream Partners LP.

Carlos Trevino was chosen as CEO of Mexico’s state-run energy company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).  He replaces Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, who was appointed as the country’s new finance minister. Trevino currently serves as PEMEX’s corporate director of administration and services, and was previously served as the company’s corporate finance director and also twice served as corporate director of administration.

Scott Fenwick, technical director at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) in Jefferson City, MO, has been named the new chairman of ASTM International’s committee on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants. A member of ASTM International since 2005, Fenwick served as a laboratory manager with Inspectorate America Corporation and Intertek Caleb Brett.

Barry Reilly has been appointed as vice president for Health and Safety at pipeline inspection and data analysis company NDT Global. Reilly previously worked at the corporate level, implementing HSEQ strategies  in Ireland, the U.K., Sierra Leone and Barbados.

Unit Corporation named Les Austin as senior vice president and CFO. The position had been held by David T. Merrill, who was promoted to COO in August. Austin has 23 years of energy finance and leadership experience, most recently serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Cypress Energy Partners.

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) Board of Directors elected Michael Watford as its 43rd chairman of the board and Steven Hinchman as vice chairman. Watford is the chairman, president and CEO of Ultra Petroleum, a publicly traded upstream oil and gas company based in Houston. Watford previously served as IPAA Chairman during the 2013-2015 term. Hinchman is the president and CEO of Houston-based Scala Energy.

KP Engineering hired James Fitzgerald as senior vice president of Process Technology. Fitzgerald, a recognized authority in midstream process engineering, will work out of KPE’s Tulsa, OK, office. He has more than 20 years of process and midstream industry experience, predominantly in gas processing, with Linde Engineering and MarkWest Energy Partners.

Christina M. Ibrahim has been appointed  to the PDC Energy Board of Directors as a Class II director of the company. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, including serving as executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Weatherford International and in a variety of roles at Halliburton.

Joey Mahmoud, an executive vice president of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, was named president of the Tellurian pipeline network.

James M. (Marty) Truss has been appointed Dykema law firm’s office managing member of the San Antonio office. Truss, who has represtented major oil and gas companies in litigation, also serves as co-leader of the Dykema’s energy industry team. Truss succeeds Dan Harkins, who now serves as  director of the firm’s Intellectual Property and IP Litigation Department.

Peter Wright and Rinku Bhadoria were named partners of Squire Patton Boggs’ Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group in London. Wright’s was previously a partner at Simmons & Simmons, in its London and Singapore offices. Bhadoria was formerly a partner in the Global Energy and Resources Group at King & Wood Mallesons in London.

Asset integrity specialist EM&I appointed Neil Woodcock as the new regional general manager for the Europe Africa region. Woodcock,  previously worked for SBM’s offshore facilities in several locations, including Vietnam, Nigeria and Brazil.

W. Robert Shearer joined the firm of Akin Gump as a partner in its Houston energy practice. Shearer focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and capital markets transactions.

John Hollowell will retire as president and CEO of Shell Midstream Partners, effective March 31. Kevin Nichols, vice president for Shell Pipeline Company, will succeed him. Nichols joined Shell in 1992.

Noble Corporation PLC announced the retirement of David Williams, chairman, president and CEO, and appointed  appointed Julie Robertson as his successor in each role. Williams led the company for 10 years, in which time he had to negotiate  considerable volatility in the offshore drilling sector. P&GJ


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