WorldOil PESA elects 2018-2019 Board of Directors Petroleum Equipment and Services Association (PESA) elected five new industry leaders to its Board of Directors on April 26, 2018, during the Annual Meeting in Greensboro, Ga. Maersk Drilling appoints new innovation officer Morten Kelstrup has been named Maersk Drilling’s chief commercial and innovation officer to lead the newly-established commercial and innovation function. NOIA elects 18 industry leaders to its board of directors The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) elected 18 industry leaders to its board of directors on April 12, 2018, during its Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Former Maersk Oil CEO to join Shell's U.S. leadership team Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) today announced a series of changes to the makeup of its U.S. leadership team. Trump said to name Energy Department official as top aide The White House plans to name Wells Griffith, an Energy Department official who worked on Donald Trump’s campaign, as one of the president’s top energy and environmental advisers, three people familiar with the decision said Saturday. Ex-Occidental chief in $2.66-billion deal for EnerVest shale Steve Chazen, who made Occidental Petroleum Corp. a heavyweight of the shale boom, is looking to replicate that success in south Texas with a $2.66-billion deal. Apache Corp. appoints David Pursell as senior V.P. of planning, energy fundamentals Apache Corporation has announced that David Pursell has been named senior V.P. of planning and energy fundamentals, effective March 12. Ex-exec at Sonangol denies any wrongdoing at state firm Isabel Dos Santos, the billionaire fired as chairwoman of Angola’s state oil company last year, denied any wrongdoing in the transfer of $38.2 million from the company. Congo state oil company names new head amid debt-relief plans Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso appointed a new head of the state oil company as it struggles to pay creditors. Chevron director questions future of oil industry Chevron Corp.’s youngest director questioned the future of an industry the world’s third-largest oil explorer helps lead.