AgileTek, a subsea engineering analysis consultancy, said it has appointed two new members to its team, underlining rapid growth.
Soo-hyeong Kim has joined the company as a graduate engineering analyst, alongside Andrew Olson, who has taken on the role of business development engineer.
The company is also building on recent successes in the Asian market, after securing a major cable and umbilicals contract in China.
In recognition of the growing subsea market in Asia, further business development in this region will be led by Manuel Pimentel, who has been promoted from Senior Engineering Analyst to Regional Development Manager (Asia).
AgileTek managing director, Steve Rossiter said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Soo-hyeong and Andrew to the AgileTek team. They are hugely talented young engineers who have already made a big impact on the company and hit the ground running.
“We need talented and enthusiastic individuals to help us fulfil our ambitions and these appointments provide us with an excellent platform for continued growth in 2018. Soo-hyeong and Andrew are fantastic additions to our team and we are looking forward to seeing them progress further.
Soo-hyeong, 29, previously worked at a computer aided engineering software provider, while Andrew, 22, recently graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
AgileTek was founded in 2015 with a strong senior team, and has grown through the recruitment of graduates and young professionals since then. In a team of nine engineers, three have been recruited as graduates and six are under 30, which underpins the company’s commitment to providing opportunities for young people.
Oil and gas procurement specialist, Craig International, said it appointed Steve Gibson as country manager for the Middle East to support the company’s continued growth across the region.
Gibson brings more than 20 years’ experience and has held a number of senior supply chain positions for GE Oil and Gas, Technip and GAC Group.
He joins Craig International from McDermott International where he most recently held the role of logistics and trade compliance manager for the marine sector in the Middle East.
In his new role from a Dubai-base, Gibson will be responsible for the continued growth of the company in the Middle East, working closely with Craig International’s local partner Al Shoumoukh, in the region.
The company entered a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi-based Al Shoumoukh in 2017 as the company recognised the need to have local representation in the region.
Gibson said: “Craig International has an enviable reputation in the industry for safety, quality and adding value to its clients’ procurement processes, and I am thrilled to be joining the team.
“This is a very exciting time for the company and I am looking forward to driving the business’ strategic objectives, while further building upon its strong presence in the Middle East.”
Steve McHardy, director at Craig International, said: “Steve joins our Middle East operations at a crucial time for the business as we look to grow our market share in the region, while entering new areas such as Saudi Arabia. His appointment will help to drive our business forward and enhance our operations in the Middle East.”
Steve’s appointment comes as the company recently announced relocation to larger facilities in the region to meet increased business demand.
Xodus Group said it appointed its first general manager in Egypt as the company aims to build on its track record in the country and target upcoming new contracts.
Salah Farid Tantawy joins Xodus from PICO Petroleum Integrated Services where he was most recently project general manager for the Amal-C platform installation in the Gulf of Suez.
He has 37 years’ experience working in oil & gas, having started his career as a project engineer. Before moving to PICO, he was chairman assistant (VP) for projects with Gulf of Suez petroleum (GUPCO) – BP’s JV for oil production in Egypt.
Tantawy said: “Xodus has gained a strong reputation within the country over the last few years so I know I am joining a very experienced team with capabilities throughout the lifecycle of an asset. I hope my experience in managing multi-million-dollar projects and my knowledge of the Egyptian oil and gas sector will help in attracting new business as well as reinforcing already established partnerships.”
Chevron Corporation said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby has been elected to Chevron’s board of directors.
Umpleby will serve on the board nominating and governance committee as well as the management compensation committee effective March 1.
“Jim Umpleby brings valuable perspective to the board as chief executive of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy equipment,” said Michael K. Wirth, Chevron’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer. “He has a strong background in varied dimensions that are relevant to Chevron’s business, including international policy, heavy equipment engineering, environmental policy, and global workforce development.”
Umpleby, 59, has been the CEO of Caterpillar since January 2017 and is a member of the board of directors of Caterpillar Inc.
He joined a Caterpillar subsidiary, Solar Turbines, in 1980, and held leadership positions in a wide variety of functions at Caterpillar. Umpleby also served as group president of Caterpillar’s Energy & Transportation business segment in 2013.
A graduate of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Umpleby has also completed an executive leadership program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Meanwhile, Chevron also named Bruce Niemeyer as the corporate vice president of strategic planning, effective Feb 1. Niemeyer is currently vice president of Chevron’s mid-continent business unit.
In his new role, Niemeyer, 56, will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company, allocating capital and other resources and determining operating unit performance measures and targets, the company said. He will report to Mark A. Nelson, vice president of midstream, strategy and policy.
“Bruce has been instrumental in developing Chevron’s business in the mid-continent United States, including Chevron’s significant Permian assets,” said Michael K. Wirth, chairman and chief executive officer of Chevron Corporation.
“Bruce’s strong operating background, coupled with his strategic planning experience, make him exceptionally well-suited to lead our corporate strategy function as we look to further optimise our portfolio and position Chevron to win in any price environment.”
Previously, Niemeyer was vice president of the Appalachian/Michigan Strategic Business Unit. In addition, Niemeyer served as general manager of strategy and planning for Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co. He joined Texaco in 2000 from Atlantic Richfield Co.
NDT Global, an ultrasonic pipeline inspection and data analysis supplier, announced that it has appointed Andreas Haindl as the company’s interim CEO as the current CEO resigns to pursue other opportunities.
Bradford L. Edwards resigns after having joined NDT Global in 2014 as vice president of data analysis. He was appointed the CEO in 2015.
Haindl, currently chief executive officer of MEA Operating Company, since 2016 will be based at the Houston, Texas office, to service the needs of the US customers. He joined NDT Global in 2012, responsible for managing our key account management function in Europe. Prior to joining NDT Global, he worked for 10 years in the telecommunications services industry, in senior account and program management roles. Haindl received his Master in Engineering and Economics from Karlsruhe University.
"Mr. Haindl brings invaluable experience from working with some of our leading global customers on long term plans to address integrity management and optimise the performance of inline inspection programs" said Andy Bain, chief operating officer, NDT Global Corporate. "He is supported by a strong leadership team in Houston, which has been integral to the success of this region, and I am confident that this will continue."
AW Energy said its WaveRoller team will see a new CEO –the former CTO Christopher Ridgewell.
Current CEO John Liljelund is moving on to join the AWE Board of Directors. Meanwhile, Jussi Åkerberg, former AWE Development Manager, takes on the role of CTO.
AW-Energy said its board of directors is confident that Ridgewell has all the attributes needed to build the company into a strong industrial player. Ridgewell, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, has over 25 years of wide ranging experience in the marine industry, including a background in international sales and projects.
“Chris’s past professional roles, his knowledge of both our product the WaveRoller and the entire industry are the attributes of a successful CEO in our company,” Liljelund said.
Ridgewell becomes CEO of AW-Energy on February 1 2018. He is committed to the successful execution of existing projects and continued growth of the business.
“John has set a sturdy foundation for me to pick up on and I’m excited and honoured to lead such an accomplished team. The future looks very positive, predictable ocean wave energy will have an important role in the energy system and we’re looking forward to delivering solutions to our global customers,” Ridgewell said.
The position of CTO is filled by Jussi Åkerberg, who has had a key role in the technology development over the last 6 years as AWE’s former Power Take-Off unit Development Manager. He is also starting in his new role on February 1.
Siemens said it has appointed Michael Büker (51) as chief financial officer (CFO) of the company’s Middle East region, effective February 1, 2018.
In his new role, Büker will be responsible for managing the company’s financial operations across the region, driving profitability and supporting key growth areas. He will also be tasked with supporting the digital transformation and the potential for co-creation projects with customers and partners. He takes over from Alia Al Rifai, who will assume a new role at the company’s headquarters in Munich.
Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East and UAE, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michael to the Siemens Middle East team. With its flourishing economies, the region continues to present Siemens with exciting opportunities to co-create with our customers. Michael’s rich experience in financial leadership positions will be instrumental in supporting the region’s digital transformation.”
With almost 20 years of experience in finance, Büker started with Siemens in Munich, Germany as a mergers & acquisitions project manager in 2006. Since then, he has fulfilled a variety of leadership roles in a corporate function and in renewable energy and infrastructure, most recently serving as the chief financial officer of Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics. Prior to working with Siemens, Büker served as vice president of mergers & acquisitions for the HVB Group in Munich, Germany.
“I have the honor to take over from an excellent leader, Alia, and join a very successful and dynamic team in the Middle East,” said Büker. “In my new role, the priority will be to ensure continuity with our internal and external partners and maintain financial health in the region. At the same time, the finance community will focus on supporting critical infrastructure developments, expanding our digital portfolio and increasing the value we bring to our customers.”
Subsea services company, Rovco said it appointed Liam Warren as operations manager to support the delivery of complex ROV and survey projects across the globe.
A chartered engineer with considerable knowledge and understanding of the offshore sector, Warren brings more than 15 years’ experience having worked on a number of major oil and gas, marine renewables and nuclear projects, Rovco said.
Prior to joining Rovco, Warren was a construction package manager for Costain where he played an instrumental role in the development of the marine works required for the construction of an offshore heat sink system for the nuclear facility at Hinkley Point C.
He worked for seven years as an operations manager for GE Tidal, responsible for the installation of semi-buoyant tidal turbines, subsea foundations and cables.
Warren’s career in the oil and gas industry began in 2002 when he joined Subsea 7 as a project engineer. He quickly progressed through the ranks and held a number of operational and engineering roles both on and offshore, managing full lifecycle projects including the design and manufacturing of associated equipment. He also spent four years in Brazil as a senior project engineer working on large offshore developments.
In his role at Rovco, Warren will manage the implementation of all ROV and survey projects, while sourcing the skills and resources required to ensure flawless execution, from tender to completion.
“I am confident that my operational experience will complement Rovco’s existing technical expertise, providing a strong platform on which to drive further business growth,” Warren said. “I hope to apply my knowledge and skills to further strengthen the company’s market position, while meeting the increasing demands of the offshore industry.”
Brian Allen, founder and CEO of Rovco, added: “As operations manager he will be working with the team from our Bristol base to plan, prepare and execute all offshore projects, ensuring we continue to deliver maximum value to our customers. He has been involved in some of country’s most notable offshore developments and this knowledge will be invaluable to us moving forward.”
EM&I, an asset integrity services provider, said it appointed Pat Lawless as CEO of the group. Lawless was previously the company’s COO and has been with EM&I for five years. He replaces Danny Constantinis who heads up the board as executive chairman.
Constantinis, who is also the founder of the EM&I Group, said “EM&I has always been a leader in the field of asset integrity and as we continue pioneering developments in digitisation and robotics.
I am confident that this is the right time to hand over the day to day management to a new and highly experienced CEO and his newly formed leadership team. We have been planning this move for some time which will enable me to focus on strategic growth and key relationships with clients, regulators, Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) and Joint Venture (JV) partners.”
Wentworth, East Africa-focused oil and gas company, said Eskil Jersing has agreed to join Wentworth as chief executive officer.
Eskil’s career to date spans over 30 years working across the spectrum of exploration, appraisal, production and development projects in many of the world’s key Petroleum basins (North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Africa, SE Asia and Australasia), the company said.
Throughout his career, Eskil has led multidisciplinary integrated teams, executed new country entries, secured major leasehold positions, in addition to discovering and monetising a number of oil and gas accumulations. Eskil is currently CEO of Sterling Energy plc, a UK based independent oil and gas exploration company focused primarily on Africa and the Middle East.
Eskil started his career in 1985 as a field seismologist with SSL, before moving to Enterprise Oil and, following their takeover, Shell International, ultimately as the Gulf of Mexico exploration strategy and planning manager.
In 2009 he joined Marathon Oil as the company’s manager for conventional new ventures Worldwide and subsequently Apache Corporation as director worldwide exploration and new ventures Asia Pacific. He was head of new ventures and co-head of mergers and acquisitions at Petrobras Oil & Gas BV before starting at his current role.
Eskil holds a BSc in Geophysics from Cardiff University and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College, London.
“I am looking forward to welcoming Eskil to the management team of Wentworth. He will be taking the reins of the business at a very exciting time for us; we have an established and growing production base in Tanzania and an operated near term high impact appraisal and exploration asset in Mozambique,” said Bob McBean, executive chairman.
KCA Deutag said Albert Allan has joined the group as the new senior vice president of RDS, its rig design and engineering subsidiary.
Based in Aberdeen, Allan will have responsibility for spearheading RDS’s activities worldwide. He will also become a member of KCA Deutag’s executive management team, reporting directly to chief executive officer, Norrie McKay.
Allan joins the group with a wealth of experience in the oil and gas industry, having worked in various project, operational and construction management roles during his almost 30 year career.
During that time, Allan spent 24 years with global provider of professional services and technologies, KBR where he was latterly vice president operations and, more recently, he was managing director for the oil, gas and petrochemical business of international engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald.
CEO Norrie McKay said: “Albert has an exceptional track record which will be invaluable in developing RDS’s growth strategy and expanding our business.”
OMV Petrom S.A. said it appointed Christina Verchere as the new president of the executive board and chief executive officer (CEO) of OMV Petrom, with effect from May 2018.
Verchere replaces Mariana Gheorghe, who waived her mandate as president of the executive board and CEO of OMV Petrom.
During the next months, Verchere and Gheorghe will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition and to help the company reach its growth potential and achieve its ambitious objectives, OMV PEtrom said in a statement.
“Christina Verchere is an exceptional leader in the oil and gas industry, with a remarkable breadth of understanding of the business,” said Rainer Seele, president of the supervisory board of OMV Petrom S.A. and CEO of OMV Group. “We are delighted that she joins OMV Group as the CEO of our most important subsidiary, OMV Petrom S.A.”
After her studies in Economics at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Christina Verchere started her career in 1993 and has spent over 20 years with an oil and gas supermajor, where she held numerous leadership positions in the U.K., the U.S. as well as in Canada. Since 2014 she has been the regional president of the Asia Pacific region, located in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation appointed Nabeel Bourisli as the new CEO of its subsidiary Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI).
Bourisli replaces CEO Bakheet Al-Rashidi who has been appointed as Kuwait’s energy minister, a statement by Kuwait press agency KUNA said.
Bourisli was previously the managing director for international marketing at
KPI, known by its petroleum brand Q8, refines and markets fuel, lubricants and other petroleum derivatives and is the international subsidiary of KPC.
Bourisli has also served as the chairman and managing director of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, and has been the director of Fuji Oil Company since July 2016.
Subsea North East, the regional advocacy group for the North-east of England’s subsea sector, said it has appointed Bruce Heppenstall as its new chairman.
Heppenstall will take over the reins of Subsea North East from Andrew Hodgson to further strengthen the organisation’s position as a leading authority across the industry, the group said.
CEO of BEL Valves and former general manager for the GE Oil & Gas Wellstream division, Heppenstall will be tasked with promoting the North-east sector on a global scale to maximise opportunities, while working with Subsea UK, the national industry body to provide a forum for collaboration, diversification and technology development.
He will ensure the region is represented as a world class centre for offshore technologies and solutions on the national stage.
Heppenstall said: “I’m looking forward to playing my part in driving further collaboration with our partners across the region and ensuring companies are equipped with the skills and tools they need to succeed.
“We have a strong supply chain with a spread of expertise from across the country. However, to maintain our world leading position in the face of strong competition from emerging markets, we must work together, whether we are based in Newcastle, Aberdeen or Teesside.
“My aim is to ensure that supply chain companies’ work together to identify and exploit opportunities whilst sharing best practice, especially during times of market uncertainty like we are seeing just now,” he added.
He will also oversee the effective adoption of the government’s apprenticeship levy by Subsea North East member companies and local higher education institutions.
Andrew Hodgson, who has been chairman of Subsea North East since 2010, said: “Bruce is a leading and highly respected figure in the industry and I am confident that he will have an immediate impact on Subsea North East. With a long career in industry, he understands the sector and recognises the challenges facing the UK supply chain. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best in his new role.”
Upstream oil and gas firm KrisEnergy has appointed Chris Ong Leng Yeow, CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, as a non-executive director, effective January 5.
Michael Chia Hock Chye, a non-executive director since 2016, will step down from the board with immediate effect. Ong will replace Chia as a member of the audit and risk management committee and nominating committee.
Ong was appointed CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd on July 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he was the managing director of Keppel FELS Ltd. He began his career with Keppel FELS in 1999 as a commissioning superintendent.
“As a chartered engineer with almost two decades of experience in the offshore and marine sector, Chris brings a wealth of experience to the board at a time when we are focused on our development projects,” Tan Ek Kia, independent non-executive chairman of KrisEnergy, said in a company statement.
“We welcome him to the board and look forward to working with him. I would like to extend our gratitude to Michael for his contribution and service over the last two years, during which KrisEnergy has undertaken a financial restructuring and a realignment of its business strategy,” Kia added.
Ong obtained a Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from
National University of Singapore. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine
Engineering, Science and Technology, a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and a member of the DNV GL South East Asia and Pacific Committee.
McDermott International, Inc. announced Ian Prescott as Vice President, Asia, effective January 8, succeeding Hugh Cuthbertson who announced plans to retire from the company. Prescott will also be a member of McDermott’s executive committee.
“Ian has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the upstream sector that will help us to grow our business in Asia. He is a strategic, high performing leader that understands the challenges and opportunities and is committed to finding the best solutions for our customers,” said David Dickson, president and chief executive officer of McDermott. “I thank Hugh for his nearly four decades of unrivalled service to McDermott in the oil and gas industry and we are grateful for his leadership over the years.”
Prior to this appointment, Prescott was senior vice president and director of Asia Pacific for SNC-Lavalin, a global, fully-integrated professional services and project management company. He also served as the managing director and general manager and later as the CEO of Global Process Systems. He has held board and key leadership positions with PAE (Thailand) PLC and Aker Kvaerner.
Prescott has more than 28 years of extensive operational, marketing and business unit responsibilities for production and processing solutions in the upstream oil and gas sector, including engineering and fabrication.
Prescott holds a Master of Business Administration from Bond University in Australia and a bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation Control Engineering (Honours) from the University of Teesside in the United Kingdom.
Maria Moraeus Hanssen joins DEA as the CEO and chairman of the board of management and announces a time of change and adaptation ahead.
Before joining DEA, Hanssen had been working as CEO of ENGIE E&P International and Head of E&P Business Unit in the ENGIE Group in Paris for the last two years. Her other jobs in management and operations in the Norwegian Oil and gas industry included investment director at Aker, senior vice president gas supply and infrastructure at Statoil and vice president for offshore installation manager at Hydro.
Hanssen graduated in "Petroleum Economics and Management" from IFP School - Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs, Paris, in 1992 and holds a degree in "Petroleum Engineering” from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, in 1989. Moraeus Hanssen is also the deputy chairman, and the leader of the audit committee, of the supervisory board of Yara International, a global leader in nitrogen-based fertiliser production.
“I am starting at DEA in a very interesting time for the company and for the business as a whole. My main task going forward will be to make sure that we continue to operate safely and deliver on business goals while we adapt to new conditions, in parallel with the talks between LetterOne and BASF to merge DEA and Wintershall," said Hanssen.
Hanssen joins DEA at a time where both the company and the oil and gas industry are facing significant changes. The changing energy markets are leading to structural changes, and early in December DEA’s owners LetterOne and BASF signed a Letter of Intent to merge DEA and Wintershall, creating a stronger Germany-based independent oil and gas company. Discussions towards a final agreement are ongoing. She underlines that the most important task for DEA is to continue running its production and projects in a way that creates value
“Oil and gas companies' biggest challenge is still not declining demand, but how to find more oil and gas to compensate for the natural decline from existing fields,” she said.
“We need to explore, develop and produce at lower costs, increased efficiency and with less impact on climate and environment. The oil and gas industry needs to take an active role in the ongoing energy transition. Digitalisation and increased focus on technology throughout the business will be some of the levers to help us on this way,” she said.
Akastor ASA said its board of directors appointed Karl Erik Kjelstad as its chief executive officer effective from 1 January 2018.
Kjelstad will succeed Kristian Røkke who will assume the position as chief investment officer of Aker ASA on 1 January 2018, the company said. Aker ASA said it will propose to the nomination committee of that Røkke is appointed as chairman of the board at the next annual general meeting.
"It has been a pleasure to lead Akastor and I am proud of what the team has accomplished. The company has focused its portfolio, strengthened its balance sheet, and is well positioned to further develop its core assets over the coming years," said Røkke. "Karl Kjelstad has a strong track record and is the right person to develop Akastor going forward."
"I look forward to leading Akastor into its next phase. Important tasks lie ahead of us to continue to deliver value to shareholders and I am excited about these opportunities for Akastor," said Kjelstad.
Kjelstad has been EVP and investment director in Akastor since its establishment in 2014. He joined the Aker group in 1998 and has held various executive positions throughout the Aker group, including EVP of Aker Solutions and CEO of Aker Yards ASA in 2003-2007.
Kjelstad holds an MSc in marine engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.
Petrofac Ltd said it is replacing its chairman with current senior independent director René Médori as incumbent Rijnhard van Tets resigns.
Médori, who joined as a non-executive director in 2012, has recently relinquished his executive role as finance director of Anglo American plc.
Van Tets is stepping down after an 11-year tenure. He joined the Board in 2007, serving as a non-executive director prior to being appointed chairman in 2014.
“I am delighted that the board has been able to appoint an internal candidate of René’s calibre. His wide international experience and understanding of multi-national businesses, well-established governance knowledge, and understanding of the regulatory landscape, provides an important level of continuity,” said Van Tets.
Médori said: “On behalf of the board I would like to thank Rijnhard for his strong leadership and commitment to Petrofac. His experience through this time has been invaluable. I am delighted to be taking up the role of Chairman next year and excited about the prospect of working with the management team to take the business forward.”
The appointment of a new senior independent director will be announced in due course.
NDT Global, a supplier of ultrasonic pipeline inspection and data analysis services, said it appointed Barry Reilly as vice president health and safety.
In this role, Reilly will be responsible for the leadership of regional safety organisations, establishing vision, strategy and advancing a culture of safety throughout the organization, the company said.
Reilly will also support planning and implementation of safety, health and environmental programs to ensure a safe, healthy and accident-free work environment for every employee, contractor and visitor.
Reilly said: "I am excited to begin this new chapter of my career and look forward to growing and managing our current health and safety systems. Having joined NDT Global shortly after the Mexican earthquake disaster, I have seen tremendous strength and loyalty during my short time with the company."
Reilly previously worked at a corporate level, devising and implementing HSEQ Strategies across various regions to include Ireland, UK, Sierra Leone and Barbados. Reilly brings a wealth of experience in various industries such as telecommunications, civil engineering, rail, power and the energy sectors.