November 2011
News & Resources

People in industry

People in industry

Vol. 232 No. 11





Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC), India’s public-sector oil major, announced the appointment of Sudhir Vasudeva, its Offshore Director, as the new chairman and managing director. In his previous role, Vasudeva was primarily responsible for designing, installing and commissioning a number of process and unmanned platforms. Vasudeva previously served as the director in charge of joint venture operations. Vasudeva said his top priority would be to bring into production new oil and gas fields to offset declining production from aging fields and to ramp up the overall output. Another priority is to be more aggressive in overseas acquisitions to meet a production target of 140 million boe by 2020 from overseas assets. ONGC currently produces 66.5 million boe from 16 overseas properties. 

Tendeka announced the promotions of Gillian King to VP for Asia Pacific and Derren Simpson as VP for the Middle East and North Africa. King joined Tendeka as Senior Sales Engineer in January 2007. She then progressed to Regional Sales Manager for Europe before becoming Area Manager for Asia Pacific (South) in 2010. Simpson joined Tendeka as Area Manager for Asia Pacific in 2010. He was previously Country Manager for WellDynamics in Australia and, before that, held a number of management posts within Weatherford International.

Artificial Lift Company (ALC) has appointed Andrew Puhala as VP and CFO. Puhala brings more than 18 years of financial experience within the oil and gas industry to his position with ALC. Previously, Puhala worked at Baker Hughes for 15 years serving in different roles in the US, London and Dubai. Most recently, he served as VP of Finance for corporate development, based in Houston.

Brian Sweeney has joined IHS as senior VP of Global Sales. In this newly created role, Sweeney will have full responsibility for IHS global sales strategy, operations and execution for all products and services, managing field sales, inside sales and channel sales across the full breadth of IHS customer relationships.

Rex Energy announced the appointment of Thomas C. Stabley as CEO and Patrick M. McKinney as President. In his new role as CEO, Stabley will work to maintain and develop overall corporate strategy, business development and governance. He will also continue to serve as CFO. McKinney will continue to serve as COO and, in his expanded role as President, will take a more active role in the company’s growth strategy and risk management. Combined, Stabley and McKinney represent over 43 years of experience within the oil and gas industry.

Greene’s Energy Group has named Ray Keller as its Senior Sales Representative for the Northeastern US. Keller will assist clients with hydrostatic testing, cleaning, drying, pigging, water treatment and other Greene’s services in the Marcellus shale and other oil and gas provinces of the Northeast region. With 41 years in the industry, Keller previously managed the eastern US sales efforts of a pipeline equipment and service provider.

ConocoPhillips has chosen the leaders for the two independent energy companies that will result from the previously announced repositioning of the company. Ryan M. Lance will become the Chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, the upstream company, and Greg C. Garland will become the Chairman and CEO of the as-yet unnamed downstream company. Jim Mulva, the current chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips, will retire subsequent to completion of the separation. The repositioning is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2012.

Aroway has appointed Daryn Gordon as the company’s new CFO and member of the board of directors. Gordon is a chartered accountant with over 12 years of finance and accounting experience with publicly traded companies. He obtained his chartered accountant designation at an international accounting firm in Calgary, where he gained audit, corporate reporting and financial control analysis experience.

Sterling Energy announced that Philip Frank has been appointed Exploration Director and a member of the board of directors. His industry career started with BP where, during his 11-year tenure, he rose to the position of Assistant Chief Geologist for the company. Frank previously worked with Clyde Petroleum, Monument Oil & Gas and Emerald Energy. Since 2009, Frank has been an exploration consultant to a number of companies in the oil and gas industry.

Zion Oil & Gas has named Victor G. Carrillo as President and COO, replacing William L. Ottaviani. Carrillo has been serving as Zion’s Executive VP since January 2011 and as a director since September 2010. For almost eight years, ending in January 2011, Carrillo served as a commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas. He has served twice as chairman of the three-member statewide elected commission.


John-Paul Guerrero has been appointed as Manager of Business Development for the Americas region at AGR Field Operations. He will lead the region’s sales, marketing and key account strategy targeting the oil and gas majors, independents, pipeline operators and national oil companies.


Water system equipment provider H2O Inc. appointed Marlon Joseph as VP of its new Electrochemistry Division. Joseph, based in H2O’s Houston office, will work with clients worldwide to expand the electrochemistry division and become a major player in the offshore biofouling and sewage treatment markets. In addition, Joseph will educate customers on the application of the electrochlorination process. Joseph has more than 15 years of sales experience in the oil and gas industry, working extensively in the US and Trinidad.


Global Tubing announced that Cynthia Linnenkohl has been appointed Manager of Sales Operations for the company. Linnenkohl has over 22 years of experience managing inside sales and order management for Tenaris. The first employee hired by Precision Tube, Linnenkohl managed domestic and international sales from start to finish for over 15 years.


MicroSeismic announced that Peter Duncan, founder, President and CEO, will become Executive Chairman of MicroSeismic’s Board of Directors, and William (Bill) Coates will succeed him as President and CEO. Duncan has over 30 years’ experience in geophysics and modeling software. Coates spent 23 years with Schlumberger, serving as President of North America and VP of Marketing.

Petroceltic International has appointed Geoff Probert as Head of Technical, a new role. Reporting to the CEO, Brian O’Cathain, Probert will provide leadership and management of all company technical activities, including petroleum engineering. Probert joins Petroceltic from BHP Billiton Petroleum, where he was VP and Country Manager of Algeria.
Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco) has appointed John Bogen as the new VP of Commercial.Bogen has been working for Noreco since February 2008, and comes from the position of Commercial Operations Manager. He has more than 30 years of experience within the petroleum industry, having previously worked for Phillips Petroleum and BP.


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