November 2001
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Nov. 2001 Vol. 222 No. 11  People  Tanganyika Oil Co. Ltd. appointed Lukas H. Lundin president and CEO, replacing Edward L. Molnar who resigned to pursue other interests

Nov. 2001 Vol. 222 No. 11 

Tanganyika Oil Co. Ltd. appointed Lukas H. Lundin president and CEO, replacing Edward L. Molnar who resigned to pursue other interests.

Resulting from a reorganization, Panalpina WellTransport added new members to its executive board of its reorganization. Gustav Zschiesche became regional chief executive Europe. Christian Ryser was named regional chief executive Americas. Lars-Ola Gunnarsson became regional chief executive Asia. Jorg Eggenberger was appointed regional chief executive Africa / Middle East / CIS.

The International Association of Geophysical Contractors appointed G. C. "Chip" Gill as its new full-time president, succeeding the retiring Charles F. Darden.

Tom Nichols and Kim Oelze were nominated to serve on the Illinois Petroleum Resources Board, filling the expired terms of Caroline Quinn and Mike Gooch.

Catherine Riviere was named chairman and CEO of Geomath International.

Williams named Steven J. Malcolm as president and COO. Current President and CEO Keith E. Bailey will remain chairman and CEO until his expected retirement in 2002.

Aqua Care Systems promoted Wesley Borysewicz to sales manager of the industrial group / filtration and separation dynamics division.

John Wilson and Gary White joined the data processing division of Fairfield Industries Inc. as marine processing supervisors.

Enron accepted the resignation of Jeffrey K. Skilling as president and CEO. He will continue to serve as a consultant. Kenneth L. Lay will assume the additional responsibilities of president and CEO, and has agreed to extend his employment agreement with the company through the end of 2005.

David M. Callow and Peter J. Davies were named Kerr-McGee Chemical’s managing director and director of European pigment operations, respectively.

Dr. Eva Moldovanyi joined Vanco Energy Co. as operations and development geologists. Imran Khan joined as deputy general manager for Vanco Equitorial Guinea Ltd.

Reinier Zwitserloot was elected Kassel’s Wintershall AG supervisory board member, replacing Dr. Eckart Sunner.

Charles Matthews joined IHS Energy Log Services as account manager, supporting oil and gas customers in the southeastern and northeastern regions of the U.S.

Kevin Long was named worldwide business director for Rhodia’s oilfield market. He will be in charge of aligning the firm’s approach by managing key accounts, setting business priorities and identifying and pursuing business development opportunities.

Troy Michel joined Cajun Tubular Services, Inc., as manager of its newly formed assembly make-up and testing services division. James Rigney, Jr., joined Cajun Tubular as safety director.

The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association’s board of governors have elected Keith Gockenbach and Cynthia Green to its class of 2002.

Rick Brooks was promoted to sales and marketing manager at EDG, Inc. Consulting Engineers, leading business development efforts in Houston, Texas, Lafayette and New Orleans, Louisiana.

UniPure Corp. appointed Dr. Ronald J. Robinson president and CEO, in addition to serving as board chairman.

Mark A. Rubin was named executive director of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, replacing the retiring Dan Adamson.

ENSR International named Michael A. Beck senior VP to lead its strategic energy development practice. Gary Siegel was appointed to a newly created position as liaison between ENSR’s U.S. and European offices.

Richard C. Simmons joined Actio Corp. as sales and marketing VP.

Terry Hester was appointed special projects / senior landman for Oxley Petroleum.

The International Society of the Energy Advocates named Oklahoma’s Secretary of Energy Carl Michael Smith an honorary lifetime member.

Bard Johansen was appointed president of Aker Energy. This new oil and gas producer does not intend to compete with established oil companies, but aims to contribute to identifying and securing the efficient exploitation of resources in smaller oil and gas fields.

Steve Bullock joined PGS Production Services as operations support director.

Charles (Chuck) Redmon joined Well Master Corp. as president.

David M. Fitzpatrick became Shiningbank Energy Management Inc.’s CEO and continues as president. Arne R. Nielsen became executive chairman.


Independent oil and gas producer John Gavin Hurd died Sept. 6, 2001, of a heart attack. Hurd graduated from Harvard in 1934 and received his law degree from Harvard three years later. He earned a Bronze Star from the Navy during WW II.

Samuel Krasner passed away Aug. 16 in Dallas, Texas from congestive heart disease. He grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma University with a degree in petroleum geology in 1932. During the Depression, he worked in an oilfield supply store, then opened Seminole Pipe and Supply in Corpus Christie, Texas. He moved to Dallas in the 1950s and started wildcatting in West Texas. He had several discoveries, including the Krasner field, which was later renamed Brown and Thorpe. He joined AAPG in 1953 and was a member emeritus. In 1963, he returned to East Texas and formed the K-SAM Oil Co. He was an oil and gas operator acquiring leases and reworking wells. Never actually retiring, he moved back to Dallas and assisted his son, Mike, in several drilling ventures and acquisitions. He left his story of the old oilpatch, which can be obtained by e-mailing WO 

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