March 2007
News & Resources

People in industry


Personnel changes and promotions in the petroleum industry
Vol. 228 No. 3 

Knowledge Systems has named several people to new positions created as part of its global expansion. Steve Hobart, senior technical advisor for global operations, will transition from his 10-year tenure as principal geopressure analyst. Alejandro Arboleda, EAME (Europe, Africa and Middle East) business development manager, will transfer from his current position as Latin America account manager and relocate to London. He previously worked for Geoservices. Sean Mauk, Asia/Pacific business development manager, joins Knowledge Systems' new office in Perth, Australia. He previously worked for Aker/Kvaerner in Australia and Indonesia.


Pride International, Inc., appointed K. George Wasaff as CEO for Latin America Land and E&P Services. Also, James M. Mitchell has joined the company as CFO, and Carlos F. Etcheverry, previously VP, E&P Services, was named COO for the same division. Since 2005, Wasaff has been employed by Ashmore Energy International as an executive VP, and as senior VP of Operations and Administration for Prisma Energy. Mitchell joins the company from Grant Prideco, Inc., where he has been employed since 1999, most recently as treasurer. Etcheverry joined in 2002 and served as VP, E&P Services, since 2005. Also, Jeffrey L. Chastain accepted the position of VP, Investor Relations, succeeding Robert E. Warren, who was appointed to the new position of VP, Industry and Government Affairs. Chastain was employed by Transocean Inc., most recently as VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Warren is an editorial advisor for World Oil magazine.

Valero Energy Corp. announced that Bill Greehey has stepped down as chairman and resigned from the company's board of directors. He will continue to serve as chairman of both Valero L.P. and Valero GP Holdings, LLC. CEO Bill Klesse was elected as the new chairman of Valero Energy.

Ascend Geo, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aspect Energy LLC (AE), announced that Larry Denver has joined Ascend Geo as full-time chairman of the board, replacing Paul Favret, who remains on the board. Denver has over 20 years of experience with software and hardware technology in the oilfield sector, and has served in executive or board roles for several oilfield companies.

Tom McGee was promoted to VP of corporate development for National Oilwell Varco. He will be responsible for negotiating and executing strategic transactions. McGee succeeds John Gatlin, who is joining our Rig Solutions division as VP of operations, China.


Paulett Eberhart was appointed CEO and president of Invensys' Process Systems division headquartered in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Ken Brown, who was acting president since June 2006, will resume his former role as general manager of the Measurements & Instruments business unit. Eberhart was previously with EDS, most recently serving as president of its Americas operating unit.

Superior Energy Services named Chuck Malley VP of business development for the Well Solutions Group's Rocky Mountain Region. Malley has been with Superior for 5 years, most recently as the VP of sales and marketing for the production maintenance group in New Orleans.

TIW Corp. appointed Sam Baker as VP, Domestic Sales, at their headquarters in Houston. He was most recently the director of marketing and training. Terry Howard succeeds Baker as the director of marketing and training. He has over 25 years of experience, most recently as TIW's training manager.


Well intervention specialist Wireline Engineering appointed Bill Petrie as a director, with responsibility for strategic development. He joined Wireline as general manager in 2003, with 30 years of experience in the oil and gas service industry.

Elizabeth Ames Jones, chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas, was sworn in for her new term as commissioner. Jones won election to a six-year term in November. She is a former state representative who was appointed to the TRC by Governor Rick Perry in February 2005. She is the state's 44th railroad commissioner and the second woman ever elected to the post.

Stress Engineering Services Inc. has promoted six employees to principal. Christopher R. Alexander currently oversees fitness-for-service projects involving analysis and testing of component systems in refineries, chemical plants and pipelines. Kimberly O. Flesner manages the company's Materials Engineering and Forensic Practice areas, and has been conducting materials failure analyses and large-scale forensic investigations for more than 20 years. David L. Garrett developed SES software for floating systems, including combined floater-mooring-risers systems. Ramón I. San Pedro specializes in the design, analysis and testing of mechanical connections, including riser load ring assemblies, threaded connectors, bolted flange joints, and clamp-hub connectors. Matthew J. Stahl is primarily focused on analysis and testing to support offshore drilling operations. Bobby W. Wright, Jr., has over 26 years of experience with pressure vessels, reactors, coke drums, heaters, piping, boilers and rotating equipment. 

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