July 2014
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People in the industry
Melanie Cruthirds / World Oil


In a June 10 meeting of Statoil’s Corporate Assembly, Svein Rennemo was re-elected as chair and Grace Reksten Skaugen as deputy chair of the board of directors. Bjørn Tore Godal, Maria Johanna Oudeman, Jakob Stausholm, Catherine Hughes and James Mulva were re-elected as shareholder representatives to the board. Additionally, Øystein Loseth was elected as new shareholder representative to the board. Since 2010, Loseth has served as CEO, and, before that, as first senior executive V.P., of Vattenfall AB, one of Europe’s largest energy companies. For the re-elected board members, the election entered into effect from July 1 until the next ordinary election of shareholder representatives to the board of directors in 2015. For Loseth, the election enters into effect from Oct. 1. Photo credit: Trond Isaksen/Statoil.

Exxon Mobil’s board of directors has elected Jack P. Williams and Darren W. Woods to the positions of senior V.P. and member of the corporate management committee. Williams, who is executive V.P. of Exxon Mobil Production Company, will also become a V.P. of the corporation. Woods is president of Exxon Mobil Refining & Supply Company and a V.P. of the corporation. Williams and Woods, together with Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO, and senior V.P.s Mark W. Albers, Michael J. Dolan and Andrew P. Swiger, will constitute the corporation’s management committee.

Abakan Inc., a specialist in the advanced coatings and metal formulations markets, has appointed Ryan Owen, PhD, to the company’s board of directors. Dr. Owen has more than 13 years of industry experience with BP, both domestically and internationally in upstream oil and gas, and has worked for Wood Mackenzie and GlobalData. Most recently, Dr. Owen worked with an emerging oil and gas operator, Ping Petroleum, as the company’s manager of surface developments.

Apache Corporation has announced the appointment of Annell R. Bay to its board of directors. Bay retired recently after six years as V.P. of Global Exploration at Marathon Oil. Prior to joining Marathon, she was V.P. of Americas Exploration for Shell Exploration and Production Co. and V.P. of Worldwide Exploration at Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Corp. Earlier, Bay held positions of increasing responsibility in oil and gas exploration at Shell, Chevron, Sohio, Oryx Energy and Kerr McGee. Bay holds BS and MS degrees in geology from Trinity University and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

Superior Performance Inc., a premium threaded tubing and casing products and services specialist, has appointed Mitch Thibodeaux as president. Headquartered in Lafayette, La., Thibodeaux will oversee the company’s field service operations, rental tool equipment line and new product development. He has been in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years, and has served at Superior Performance for more than 17 years. 

MicroSeismic, Inc. announced that Jeff Foster has been named president and CEO.  Founder of the company and past CEO, Peter M. Duncan, will continue with MicroSeismic as co-chairman. Foster brings more than 25 years of diverse oilfield drilling and completion experience to the role, having worked for a major operator, a major service provider, and a small cap products and service company. In addition to his role as president and CEO, Foster will serve on the board of directors.

Aker Solutions has recruited David Phillips from HSBC Global Equity Research as head of industry and investor relations. He started on June 17. Phillips served as global co-head of oil and gas research, and managing director at HSBC since mid-2011, after joining the bank as an analyst in 2005. He earlier specialized as an analyst, covering the chemicals sector, for banks including Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Phillips will be based at Aker Solutions’ London office.

Ørjan Gjerde, who has been CFO at Norwegian independent E&P company Noreco since March 2012, has handed in his resignation and will leave the company by Aug. 31. The search for his replacement has already commenced, according to the company. In addition to leading the firm’s finance and accounting group, Gjerde headed its investor relations activities. Gjerde informed Noreco that he is leaving in order to take part in a new business venture. 

InterMoor, an Acteon company, has appointed Lesley Maxwell as group human resources manager and Nick Knight as business development manager for InterMoor Marine Services Ltd. Maxwell has more than 20 years of international experience as a senior manager in management consulting and human resources roles across different sectors, and will be based in Aberdeen. Knight, who will also be based in Aberdeen, joins InterMoor from UK-based Viking SeaTech.

Superior Energy Services has named Paul Remson as V.P. of risk management. Based in Houston, his responsibilities include the placement, analysis and management of the company’s comprehensive property, casualty, marine and specialty insurance programs. Remson joins Superior with more than 26 years of experience in risk management and corporate claims. He most recently held the position of director of insurance at McDermott International, and was previously employed by BJ Services Company, and Alexander and Alexander.

Hoover Container Solutions has promoted Gabriela Blanco to international client services manager. Blanco joined Hoover in February 2012 in the international customer service department and worked to support international sales. She worked previously for National Oilwell Varco in Houston as liaison between outside sales representatives and customers in Latin America, and was with Weatherford earlier.

Thomas Joseph (Tommy) Taylor, former chairman of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (2010 to 2012), was killed on June 18, 2014, along with two passengers, when the private airplane he was piloting crashed near Morton, Texas, about 50 miles west of Lubbock. Federal aviation investigators continue to investigate the cause of the accident, although bad weather may have been a contributing factor. Mr. Taylor was born on March 27, 1953, in Abilene, Texas, where he graduated from high school before earning a BBA degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas. Mr. Taylor opened an independent lease brokerage office in Houston in 1978 and, for several years, bought, sold and managed oil and gas properties in Texas and seven other states. Returning to Abilene in 1986, he drilled wells and bought producing properties for 20 years, before selling out in 2005 and starting Snowmass Energy Partners. He was a well-known leader among independent U.S. producers, and an avid hunter, rancher, private pilot, polo player and skier. He is survived by his father, step-mother, brother and four adult children, as well as his long-time companion, Dr. Stefanie McCain. 

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