July 2006
News & Resources

People in industry


Personnel changes and promotions in the petroleum industry
Vol. 227 No. 7 

Derrick Offshore will open an office in Aberdeen, to be headed by Fraser Ralley, former business development manager of Canyon Offshore. Ralley has been involved in the offshore subsea construction industry for many years, having worked in Australia, Brunei, Singapore, the US and Aberdeen. He is recognized as a leading specialist in submarine pipeline and cable trenching.

Dean A. Cole was named VP and general counsel at Knight Oil Tools, where he will provide corporate legal counsel to the Knight companies. Prior to his appointment, Cole was engaged in general corporate civil litigation as a partner at the Laborde & Neuner Law Firm in Lafayette, La.

Oceaneering International, Inc., promoted M. Kevin McEvoy to executive VP. In this capacity, he will have the responsibility for four business segments: Subsea Projects, Mobile Offshore Production Systems, Inspection and Advanced Technologies. McEvoy has been with the firm for 27 years, serving most recently as senior VP, Western Region.

Superior Energy Services promoted Ron Procell to district manager of its wireline services base in Longview, Texas. He has more than 31 years of diversified wireline experience. Working at Superior since 2001, Procell most recently handled service and safety (QHSE) coordination at the Longview office.

BJ Services Co. promoted Gary Young to area manager, Middle East, for BJ Tubular Services in Dubai. Young is responsible for overseeing all company activities, as well as managing the division’s bases in Dubai, Azerbaijan, India, Oman and Saudi Arabia. He has more than 16 years of international experience in the oil industry, previously as Brazil country manager.

Dr. Alberto Mezzatesta joined Knowledge Reservoir’s Houston office as director, Production Solutions. This division is responsible for the delivery of solutions in reservoir optimization and production enhancement. He joins the company after a 22-year career with Baker Hughes/ Baker Atlas, where he most recently served as chief reservoir engineer and research manager in the Product Development Group.

Rancher Energy Corp. appointed John Works as president and CEO. He brings over 23 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry. Before joining the company, Works was the founder and managing director of Emerging Markets Finance International of Denver, Colo.

Robert Surprenant, formerly industry director for SAP North America, will lead Quadrem’s global oil and gas business unit as VP, oil and gas. He brings almost 25 years of experience in the global industry, with a focus on technology and systems development, and business process enablement.

Wood Group ESP appointed Gary Ford president and COO. He succeeds Joe Brady, who will continue as chairman and CEO. Ford has more than 20 years of experience in the electric submersible pump industry, serving most recently as WGESP’s senior VP of Eastern Hemisphere operations. Also, the company promoted Eddie Stewart to Rocky Mountain region manager. Based in Casper, Wyoming, he will manage all operations and manufacturing in the nine states that make up the region. Stewart has 30 years of industry experience, and has been with Wood Group since 1988.

Black Hills Corp. named Tim T. Hopkins VP and general manager of its subsidiary, Black Hills Exploration and Production. Hopkins has more than 27 years of oil and gas production operations experience, concentrated in the Rockies and the West. Most recently, he was CBM Business Unit manager for Western Gas Resources for the Powder River basin.

Geotrace, an integrated seismic and reservoir services company, has promoted Denby Auble to COO. In addition, Gary Fair has joined the company as general manager, Production Enhancement Reservoir Seismic Operations, Gary Yu has been named general manager of Reservoir Integration, and Patrick Ng has joined Geotrace as VP of Reservoir Imaging.

Bobby Crockett was named Gulf Coast regional sales manager for Knight Well Services. Based at Knight’s new corporate facility in Broussard, La., Crockett will serve Gulf Coast markets from Houston to New Orleans with emphasis on abandonment and temporary abandonment equipment.

George Medley, right, executive VP of Signa Engineering Corp., was presented with the SPE regional “Drilling and Completions Award” at a recent SPE-Gulf Coast Society banquet in Houston. The drilling and completions award is one of several new SPE regional awards given annually by the SPE Gulf Coast section, North America Region. Candidates are nominated by their peers and selected by an SPE committee based on their contributions to the petroleum industry. Medley has more than 27 years in oil and gas operations and R&D. The award was presented by J. Bryant Mueller, left, chair of the SPE-GCS board.

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