Simmons Edeco, a global oilfield service provider, announced the appointment of Niels Versfeld as chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2017.
Versfeld brings in-depth management experience in the oil and gas industry, with particular emphasis upon building and leading growth initiatives, the company said in a statement.
Simmons Edeco board member Jay Simmons said: “With his impressive track record in growing North American oilfield services businesses and ‘people first’ mentality, we’re confident that Niels Versfeld will build upon our traditions of exploration and service excellence, and lead the company to help us create value through growth and operational discipline.”
With 14 years of experience in the energy industry, Versfeld dedicated 10 years to managing sales, operations and business development for energy services companies. Before joining Simmons Edeco, he served as general manager of Gibson Energy’s Environmental Services Division, during which time he was instrumental in expanding the company’s businesses in Canada and the United States, said Simmons Edeco, which provides specialist onshore drilling, wellhead and valve maintenance services, and asset integrity solutions to the global oil and gas industry.
Previously, he worked as chief operations officer for Palko Environmental, until it was acquired by Gibson Energy in 2011. Throughout the course of his career, Versfeld has worked in a variety of roles, initially as an environmental consultant serving the energy sector, and as an Environment and Regulatory manager for CCS Corporation.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Versfeld holds an Honours B.Sc. in Environmental Science and an MBA in Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development from University of Calgary. He is also a Canadian Certified Environmental Professional.