June 2022, Vol. 249, No. 6


People in the News June 2022


Greene’s Energy Group has appointed Adam Doyle as President and Chief Operating Officer, replacing Frank Mathews, who moves to an advisory role after seven years in the position.  Doyle joined Guardian, Greene’s predecessor company, in 2005 and became general manager when Greene’s acquired the division in 2011.  He is a graduate of the University of Regina in Saskatchewan.  

NW Natural Renewables Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northwest Natural Holding Company, has named Michael Kotyk as president of NW Natural Renewables, a line of business focusing on providing renewable natural gas (RNG) to a variety of sectors. Kotyk brings more than 25 years of experience to the position.  He worked at the forefront of the RNG market as head of North American business development for EDL and in similar positions at DTE Energy’s non-regulated affiliates.  He holds a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s in finance. 

McElroy, the designer and manufacturer of thermoplastic fusion equipment, announced that Barry Johnson has joined the company as quality director.  He replaces Steve Burgess, who retired after 35 years with the Tulsa-based company. Johnson previously held positions at Ford Motor Company, Brunswick and TriMas, most recently serving as senior director of Quality and Continuous Improvement at NORDAM, an aerospace manufacturing and repair firm. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree in leadership from Grand Canyon University.  

African Energy Chamber (AEC) President Elizabeth Rogo has been appointed to the board of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya. An engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Rogo has led oil and gas operations for international companies such as BJ Services, Baker Hughes and Weatherford in the U.S, the UK, Angola, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique. Rogo is expected to help drive the national oil corporation’s efforts to improve E&P, monetization and exploitation in Kenya, a net oil and fuel importer, the AEC said. 

National Fuel Gas Company announced that President Michael Kasprzak has retired after more than 40 years with the company, and several executive changes have been made Justin I. Loweth, president of Seneca Resources Company LLC, has been appointed president of Midstream while continuing in his role at Seneca Resources. James Welch has been promoted to vice president of Midstream. In addition, Jeffrey F. Hart retired as vice president of Corporate Responsibility, and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Sarah J. Mugel was given responsibility for the company’s corporate responsibility function. Meghan A. Corcoran was named general manager of corporate responsibility and will maintain her existing responsibilities as deputy general counsel for National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation and assistant general manager of the land  

N2 Solutions has appointed Ny Chheng in a business development role, based in its Highlands, Texas, facility.  In her new role, Chheng will be responsible for identifying prospects, introducing expanding service offerings to key industries, and strengthening existing business relationships throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. Chheng joins N2 from Axios Industrial Maintenance, where she served as regional business development manager. She holds a degree in finance from the University of Houston. 

Research and training organization GTI Energy announced that Paula Gant, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Innovation will become president and chief executive officer on July 5 with the retirement of David C. Carroll.  Since joining GTI in 2019, Gant has led efforts to enhance the creation and market impact of technology-based energy and environmental solutions. She previously held leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she administered natural gas export regulation, R&D programs executed by the National Energy Technology Lab, and international clean energy deployment initiatives. She also has led policy, regulatory affairs, and strategy at the American Gas Association and at Duke Energy Corporation. 

Richard J. Mark will retire as chairman and president of Ameren Illinois after a 20-year career in the energy sector and 45 years of business and civic leadership, the natural gas and electric utility announced.  His successor has not been named.  Mark was promoted to president of Ameren Illinois in 2012 after 10 years in executive leadership for Ameren Missouri. Under his direction, Ameren Illinois has undertaken an overhaul of the Illinois electric grid and natural gas infrastructure, installing advanced technologies and improving reliability. 

At Ameren Corporation, Gwen Mizell has been named chief sustainability and diversity officer. The role is an expansion of Mizell’s previous duties as the company’s chief sustainability officer, a position she has held since last fall. Mizell reports directly to CEO Marty Lyons. The news follows the announcement by Sharon Harvey Davis, Ameren’s longtime vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, of her plan to retire May 1 after a 20-year career at the company.  

AVANGRID Inc. announced the appointment of Pedro Azagra Blázquez as CEO of the Connecticut-based sustainable energy company, succeeding Dennis Arriola. Azagra has served as a member of the AVANGRID board of directors since 2019, and during 2014 to 2018, and currently serves as a member of both its executive committee and of a special board committee focused on oversight of the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line project. Azagra currently serves as the chief development officer for Iberdrola, S.A.  He has a degree in law and business administration from the Instituto Católico de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ICADE) at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 

Harsh-environment drilling contractor Dolphin Drilling has appointed Michael Boyd to the role of vice president of Marketing as the company targets further growth and strengthens its presence in the North Sea market. Boyd, who joined Dolphin in 2013 as assistant rig manager has progressed through multiple roles, including rig manager, project manager and vice president of Supply Chain. He holds an MBA from the Open University and an MSc in project management from Aberdeen University.  

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