November 2023, Vol. 250, No. 11


Business News November 2023



Integrated logistics company ASCO appointed Warren McHardie as its managing director for Australia. He has over 20 years of experience in management roles within the marine, oil and gas sector, having served as in executive management for Bhagwan Marine in Australia. In his role, McHardie will be based at ASCO’s regional head office in Perth and lead teams in Perth, Dongara and Darwin. 


DTE Energy named Joi Harris as its president and CEO. In her new role, she will head both utilities, DTE Gas and DTE Electric, along with customer services, and the environmental management and safety organizations.  

Crowley appointed James Fowler as senior vice president and general manager of its shipping unit, serving diverse U.S. and international maritime and logistics sectors. He most recently served as managing director of marine and stevedoring operations for Cooper Marine and executive vice president for Blakeley BoatWorks, both headquartered in Mobile, Alabama. Fowler earned his master’s of business administration with a specialization in finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.  


Carbon Clean, a carbon capture technology company, appointed Allan Swan,  president of Panasonic Energy of North America, to its Board of Directors. As the seventh member, Swan will bring expertise in scaling production and supply chains gained from many years of experience at Panasonic Energy and other global organizations. 


Orange and Rockland Utilities named Won Choe as vice president of operations. In his new role, Choe will be responsible for powering Orange and Rockland Counties in New York and New Jersey. Previously, he was with Con Edison for almost 19 years, most recently as director of Emergency Preparedness.  

Starn Group appointed Colin Maver as chief executive officer. Previously, he served as a group managing director R&M Engineering. Based in Dundee, Scotland, Maver will oversee the portfolio of businesses, including the company’s inline gas monitoring systems and pressurized welding enclosures. 


PECO appointed Doug Oliver as senior vice president, Government, Regulatory and External Affairs. He will also head up the company’s community and philanthropic efforts. Oliver takes over from Liz Murphy, who retired. 

Benjamin Allen, a former assistant general counsel for the NTSB, joined Holland & Knight as a partner in its Litigation Section, practicing out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He has extensive experience handling on-scene crisis coordination with federal, state and local authorities, including PHMSA. He also served as agency counsel in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Department of Transportation in numerous administrative actions, criminal prosecutions and civil cases. 


Spire named Nick Popielski as vice president of Sustainability. He previously headed up the company’s Environmental Committee. Over the past two years, Popielski has led Spire’s environmental efforts, developing new processes to reduce emissions. 



McElroy received the Pinnacle of Safety Award from the Oklahoma Safety Council during the annual  Oklahoma Safety Conference. The award is given to companies that achieve the highest levels of excellence in safety and health. Companies are judged on management commitment, safety culture and safety performance in the areas of safety and health. The Oklahoma Safety Council is a member-based, non-governmental, nonprofit public service organization.

McElroy Human Resources Director Steve Caldwell, McElroy Environmental Health and Safety Manager Tony Little, and Oklahoma Safety Council Executive Director Betsey Kulakowski.

Expro entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Houston-based – $62 million of cash and $44 million of newly issued Expro shares. Potential additional consideration will be based on PRT Offshore’s financial performance during the four quarters following closing. Upon closing in the fourth quarter, the deal will enable Expro to expand its services within the subsea well access sector in the North and Latin America region and accelerate its equipment offering in the Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific regions.  

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