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Frank King, board member of Republic Energy in Dallas, was elected chairman of the board of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers at its 76th annual meeting. Other officers elected were Mark Metzler, Felderhoff Production Co., Gainesville; Thomas Taylor, Penntex Energy, LP, Abilene; and Marshall Tillman, Kornye-Tillman Co., Fort Worth. King joined Republic Energy Inc. in 1987 as senior VP of exploration, and later served as president and chairman. Julio Eduardo Dutra Ribeiro, a specialist in offshore, subsea and structural engineering, was named general manager of Brazilian operations for 2H Offshore Projetos, an Acteon company. He worked 26 years at Petrobras, and then as an installation engineer on the Barracuda/ Caratinga project in Brazil’s Campos basin. Ribeiro earned the 2005 Petrobras Inventor’s Award for his patent of an articulated support for large-diameter risers on ultra-deep-water platforms. Additionally, Simon Luffrum is returning as director to 2H’s headquarters outside London, and Peter Simpsonwas named technical manager at the Rio de Janeiro office.

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