WorldOil Billionaire Texas oilman Hildebrand steps down as Hilcorp Energy CEO Hilcorp Energy Co. announced that its billionaire owner Jeff Hildebrand has stepped down as chief executive officer of the largest closely held U.S. oil explorer. Harvest Natural Resources sues ex-oil chief over bribe demands Former Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez, already accused of corruption by his own country, now faces a lawsuit from a Houston energy firm alleging that it lost almost half a billion dollars over its refusal to pay bribes for contracts. Oil majors seek diversity but struggle with retention, CEO says The oil industry is doing a better job of hiring women. Keeping them remains the challenge, says ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance. API President and CEO Jack Gerard to depart in August After 10 years running one of Washington’s most influential associations covering all aspects of the oil and natural gas sector, API President and CEO Jack Gerard announced he will not make another long-term commitment to API and will step down when his current contract ends in August 2018. ONGC confirms six dead, one missing after chopper crash Following an extensive search operation, jointly conducted by ONGC, Coast Guard and Indian Navy, six bodies including one of the two Pilots of ill-fated Pawan Hans Chopper have so far been recovered. The search is on for one more person who is still missing. Oil's famous five: People who could define the market in 2018 After ending 2017 at a two-year high, oil prices could go either way this year, and these five individuals could play defining roles. Tendeka appoints new CEO to galvanize growth Global oil and gas solutions provider Tendeka has appointed Brad Baker as its new CEO, as the independent completions and production optimization specialist gears up for further growth. Bravo Target Safety hires local industry veteran to open Fort McMurray facility Bravo Target Safety, a leading provider of industrial and oilfield emergency response and safety services, today introduced new Regional Manager Michael Coutu and announced that it will soon open a new facility in Fort McMurray. Noia appoints Charlene Johnson as new CEO The Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association (Noia) has announced the appointment of Charlene Johnson as CEO. New API study: STEM education is the key to diversifying America’s energy workforce A new American Petroleum Institute study concluded that many of tomorrow’s best-paying careers, including those in the oil and natural gas industry, will require training or education in a STEM discipline, and highlighted opportunities for women and minorities.