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For 90 years, the World Oil team has maintained a shared vision - to offer superior editorial content in World Oil, bring buyers and sellers together via World Oil's superior circulation and online exposure and achieve advertiser's confidence by delivering cost-effective results. To back our vision, the team has extensive experience in the oilfield and energy industry. Team members include:

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John T. Royall

President and Chief Executive Officer

John T. Royall was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Publishing Company on April 28, 2009.  Mr. Royall has extensive experience in business-to-business media and events including 22 years in business publishing.  A graduate of the University of Texas, he has held executive positions at Reed Business Information and Penton Media. Previously he was Vice President of PennWell’s Offshore Group.


Ron Higgins

Vice President Sales/ Publisher

Ron Higgins is Publisher and Vice President of Sales for World Oil magazine. Ron earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston. He has been in the oil and gas publishing industry for over 37 years. His past experience includes working for a major oilfield equipment manufacturer and a major drilling contractor. He is a member of SPE, IADC, IPAA and NOMADS.

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Pramod Kulkarni


Pramod Kulkarni is Editor of World Oil magazine. Kulkarni was most recently a contributing editor to World Oil.  Previously, he served as Communications Manager for Baker Hughes, working on communications for a variety of upstream technologies.  He was also the managing editor of InDepth, Baker Hughes’ technology magazine, and editor of Technology Update, the company’s e-newsletter. Prior to Baker Hughes, Kulkarni worked as Communications Manager for Western Atlas International. Kulkarni holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University, an MA in Journalism from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Houston.

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Kurt S. Abraham

Executive Editor

Kurt Abraham is Executive Editor of World Oil. He is responsible for day-to-day management of content, heading up forecasting operations, and developing new products. Kurt has 27 years of industry experience. He earned a BA degree in journalism and business administration from Texas A&M University. His past experience includes all four major media, as well as a major trade association. He is a member of NOMADS and the Supply and Demand Committee of IPAA, and serves as an expert commentator.

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Melanie Cruthirds

News Editor

Melanie Cruthirds is World Oil's News Editor, and edits and contributes content to sections of and the monthly print magazine. Melanie received a BS degree in news-editorial journalism from Texas Christian University. Prior to joining the World Oil staff, she worked in marketing for Gulf Publishing Company.

Contributing Editors

Bill Pike
Editorial Chairman/Exploration

Dr. Anas F. Alhajji
Middle East

Roger Bezdek

David Blackmon

Ali Daneshy

Raj Kanwar

Ian Lewis

Jeffrey M. Moore

Mauro Nogarin
Latin America

Dr. Oystein Noreng
North Sea

Jim Redden

Jacques Sapir

Richard R. Vernotzy, PE




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