TWMA, provider of specialised Drilling Waste Management services, is expecting its growth strategy to accelerate, with a target turnover of £200 million and headcount to reach 1,500 following investment from Buckthorn Partners earlier this year.
The company said to support the strategy implementation, Tony Branch will expand his current director role within TWMA, taking over from Ronnie Garrick as CEO.
Garrick expands his remit as president of the company, focusing and leading on three key growth development areas: merger and acquisitions activity; new geographic expansion; and new product and technology development, the company said in a statement.
Specialists in the oil and gas sector, private equity investors Buckthorn acquired TWMA in May 2017. With a current a turnover of £50million, TWMA employs 540 personnel across offices and service bases in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa and the Americas.
Tony Branch said: “Since the initial investment we received six months ago, the TWMA team has created robust plans, which will result in an exponential level of growth. The development of our senior management structure is a natural and positive step, which better allows us to drive those plans forward, and meet some exciting objectives.
“A key goal is to develop TWMA’s already-strong international profile, which is centred on a clear commitment to our clients who require innovative and cost effective solutions for their drilling operations. I look forward to leading the global team and building upon the successes we have achieved to date.”
Most recently president of regional operations at Weatherford, Branch brings over 25 years’ experience in the global drilling sector.
TGT Oilfield Services, a company in through-barrier diagnostic systems for the oilfield, has announced the appointment of Ken Feather as its chief marketing officer.
Based in TGT’s global headquarters in Dubai, marketing and brand expert Feather will lead the company’s strategic initiatives for new products and brand development while reinforcing the company’s position as a leader in well and reservoir diagnostics, the company said in a statement. He will report directly to TGT’s chief executive officer, Mohamed Hegazi.
“I am really excited about Ken joining our management team,” said Hegazi. “He brings 30 years of extensive oilfield experience in sectors that align perfectly with our product portfolio. His track-record in launching oilfield technology and geoscience products, coupled with a deep knowledge of our market will bring valuable strategic and industry insights to our team.
“Ken has grown market share and brand recognition at some of the most notable oilfield technology companies, including Schlumberger and Archer, and he possesses the ideal mix of experience and expertise to help propel our business forward. His proven expertise in market strategy, brand positioning and communications will be pivotal to us as we continue to innovate new services, expand our global footprint and evolve our brand.”
Prior to TGT, Ken headed up his own company, Spinnaker Marketing, helping ambitious technology ventures in the energy sector become category leaders. Previous positions included vice president of marketing with well integrity and intervention technology specialist Archer where he launched several disruptive technology brands and an award-winning corporate rebrand. At Schlumberger, Ken progressed from field engineer and geoscientist to several highly-regarded marketing roles across a variety of business units, earning his reputation as a marketing and sales specialist in the oil industry’s largest technology-led service company.
Born in Liverpool, UK, Ken is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Marketing. He graduated from the University of Salford, UK, with a First Class Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Chris Nardecchia has joined Rockwell Automation as senior vice president, information technology and chief information officer, the company said.
In this newly created leadership role reporting to company president and CEO Blake Moret, Nardecchia will provide strategic vision, operational excellence and change leadership to develop and implement information technology initiatives and architecture throughout the company, Rockwell said in a statement.
“Chris is a great addition to the team,” said Blake Moret, Rockwell Automation president and CEO. “In this new role Chris can use his expertise to not only ensure that we are taking the right approach to information technology internally, but also to help us bring The Connected Enterprise to life for our customers.”
Nardecchia brings extensive life sciences industry experience to Rockwell Automation. Most recently, he was vice president and CIO global operations and supply chain at Amgen, Inc. He also held leadership roles at Pfizer and Warner Lambert, where he led IT-enabled business and digital strategy, accelerating growth through technology and data analytics.
Nardecchia also has experience in portfolio management, engineering, operations, mergers and acquisitions, IT risk management and using technology to develop business insights. Earlier in his career, he held process and production engineering roles in the pharmaceutical, chemical and nuclear industries.
Nardecchia holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA from Michigan State University.
Marie-Noëlle Semeria has been appointed Senior Vice President, Group chief technology officer at Total, effective November 2nd, 2017, Total said.
Marie-Noëlle Semeria began her career at Sagem, the high-tech unit of the SAFRAN Group before joining the French start-up PixTech in 1994 and CEA in 1996. During her previous 20 years at CEA, she held various senior-management and strategy-development positions, and secured numerous patents. She has also served as a member of the National Committee of CNRS and of the Superior Council of Research and Technology under the Minister of Research and Education, as well as a member of the board of ANR, and of the Coordinating Committee of the Allistene alliance, the science and digital technology alliance.
Before leading Leti, she was chief scientist for CEA Tech, the CEA research unit that includes Leti, Liten and List, in charge of the regional extension of CEA Tech and academic partnerships. She has been appointed to the CNRS Board, the ENSAM Research Committee and Mines ParisTech Research Committee.
Marie-Noëlle Semeria became CEO of Leti, Institute of CEA- Technological Research, in October 2014. She was also named president of the Carnot Institutes Network, an association of more than 30 French research centres and laboratories committed to innovate with industry.
Doctor of science in solid-state physics from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble (1987), in 2011, she was awarded the Legion of Honor, and in 2015 the French Order of Merit, France’s highest professional accolades.
Sir Bob Reid will take up a new role as non-executive director of Belltree, a specialist oil and gas consultancy based in Edinburgh, the company said. The former chair and chief executive of Shell UK will advise and support Belltree with its continued growth into international markets.
Sir Bob brings extensive global experience gained through his distinguished career across a wide range of industries.
During his 36-year tenure at Shell, he spent much of his time overseas including posts in Brunei, Nigeria, Borneo, Thailand, Eastern Europe and Australia. Sir Bob is also a former chair of the British Railways Board, Sears, London Electricity, ICE Futures Europe and its associated Clearing House, ICE Clear Europe.
Rod Clark, managing director at Belltree, said:
It is a great pleasure to welcome Sir Bob on board. His standing in the global business community and wealth of experience comes at a key stage in our business growth. We are continuing to build on our recent successes, including our North Sea benchmarking project for the UK government, and I am sure Sir Bob’s unique insights will prove to be vital in helping us provide a truly global E&P benchmarking capability to investors, operators and regulators.”
Edinburgh-based Belltree has a track record of more than 10 years supplying high-end reservoir engineering, geoscience and petroleum management consultancy services to clients worldwide. The company’s portfolio of clients includes world-leading petroleum regulators, Oil & Gas investment funds and E&P operators of all sizes from super majors to start-ups.
Sir Bob, whose other previous posts have included deputy governor of the Halifax Bank of Scotland and chair of Avis, said:
“I’m thrilled to be back in the thrust of oil and gas again and to be joining a company that is showing how it can create considerable value for shareholders in the industry. I have been hugely impressed by Belltree which has honed in on its niche subsurface and technical services to develop its own bespoke benchmarking software for evaluating oil and gas assets.
“While the industry is facing many challenges, including environmental and political issues, Belltree is helping to maximise oil and gas recovery in countries around the world and I look forward to helping them build upon this.”
Last month, Belltree successfully completed a major contract for the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) as part of its Asset Stewardship Strategy. The company was appointed to develop recovery factor benchmarks for more than 400 oil and gas fields on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
The Dow Chemical Company said it has named Luciano Poli as the Dow President for the Middle East, India and Turkey region.
Poli takes on the new position after nearly three decades at Dow, with a commitment to drive the region’s growth strategy, further enhance Dow’s leadership and strengthen key strategic partnerships across the region, the company said in a statement.
Previously, Poli was the global finance leader for joint ventures and area finance director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, he worked across a diverse region and held various treasury and finance positions in Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, China and Saudi Arabia.
Poli’s career at Dow has showcased his expertise in M&A, mega project management and joint ventures.
In an earlier role as chief financial officer of Sadara Chemical Company, Luciano was based in Saudi Arabia where he was involved in the successful financing and initial construction phase of this mega project.
Poli said: “I have been involved in Dow’s Middle East operations for the last 20 years or so and my current role will allow me to help lead the company’s aspirations for the region further. I am excited to take on this role at a time where we have already achieved game-changing partnerships such as Sadara, and are focusing on innovations specifically designed to meet our regional customers’ needs.”
In his new role, Luciano will be based at Dow’s regional headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
InterMoor, a unit of subsea services group Acteon, said it has appointed Mark Jones as its global chief executive officer.
The company, which provides mooring services, foundation solutions and offshore installations, said the new role’s key objectives include building more structure and greater collaboration amongst business units, focusing on areas of growth and mobilising new services across the regions, with the goal of strengthening InterMoor’s global position.
Jones, currently vice-president at Acteon, has a significant track record within the oil industry in leadership roles, having been managing director for a division of EXPRO, as well as prior to joining Acteon being head of strategy and business development for Siemens Subsea, InterMoor said.
Bernhard Bruggaier, vice president operations at Acteon, said: “Building on his strong track record and experience, Mark will work closely with our worldwide locations to ensure that we continuously improve our services and deliver them consistently to the highest standards across the globe. Mark’s appointment as global CEO of InterMoor further strengthens InterMoor’s position as the global market leader in all of Acteon’s mooring related services.”
Further to the appointment of Mark Jones as CEO, Blair Wilson will undertake the role of global director of operations, reporting directly to the CEO, and leading programs of work to implement InterMoor’s reinforced global strategy.
Kreuz Subsea, an international subsea solutions company announced that it has hired AJ Jain as its new chief executive officer.
As CEO, AJ Jain will be responsible for the strategic direction of the firm and growing the business in new markets, the company said.
The board of directors announced the appointments following the departure of former chief executive Kurush Contractor from the integrated marine and subsea services business after nine years of service.
Kreuz Subsea director, Vincent Low, said: “After an extensive industry-wide search, AJ Jain was identified as the clear choice for the CEO role. He brings the ideal combination of drive, commitment and operational knowledge to take the business to the next level and deliver further positive results for the business.”
Jain brings over 25 years of executive industry experience to the role having held a number of leadership positions in the oil and gas industry across the globe.
His previous posts include managing director at Harkand Group where he was responsible for operations in North America and Africa. Prior to Harkand, he was also part of the senior management team at Dynamic Industries International LLC responsible for international operations. He also held several senior executive assignments at Global Industries Ltd including chief operating officer and sr. vice president responsible for Asia Pacific and the Middle East earlier in his career. Global Industries was acquired by Technip in 2011.
“I am honoured to have been appointed by the board and am fully committed to the company’s vision and core values. Kreuz has built an excellent reputation in the market over the last nine years and is recognised as a company that delivers on its commitment,” said Jain.
Meanwhile, the company appointed and Balaji Bhashyam as chief operating officer. He has been with Kreuz Subsea for the last two years as vice president, business development and corporate strategy. He has more than 25 years’ operational experience in subsea project management and engineering. He previously worked in senior operational roles for Technip in Asia Pacific, Global Industries Ltd. and McDermott International.
Kreuz Subsea employs around 250 people onshore and offshore in Singapore, Brunei and India and has projects currently underway valued at US$150 million.
DNV GL - Oil & Gas has appointed Brice Le Gallo as regional manager for South East Asia and Australia as the investment in the gas industry in the Asian oil and gas market increases.
With Asia still the world’s largest market for LNG and accounting for 70 per cent of global consumption, Japan has announced that it is making available US$10 billion for investment in government and private joint ventures to support the expansion of the Asian LNG industry.
Asia is a region where key activity is taking shape and DNV GL’s appointment of Brice Le Gallo is timely as it looks to maximise opportunities in its role as the technical advisor to the industry, the company said.
“As a business, we are seeing higher activity in our regional markets. Refinery upgrading and expansion create opportunities in the downstream area, coupled with new legislations to control major accident hazards,” said Le Gallo. “Within upstream some new projects are now moving into pre-FEED and FEED and in the midstream segment, several gas import terminals and FSRU projects have indeed been identified and will be realized in the coming years.”
One of DNV GL’s key assets located in Asia is the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) that has been established as a sustainable centre of competence to support the industry with high-end advisory and technical assurance services, offering an independent perspective across the value chain. The centre has over 120 personnel and includes Asia’s largest independent laboratory located in Singapore.
Brice Le Gallo has spent nearly 12 years in Asia, joining DNV GL in 2013 first as Floating Systems Manager within the Deepwater Technology Centre in Singapore, and more recently as head of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre. He brings more than 15 years of technical, business development, project management and innovation experience in the oil and gas and maritime markets to his new role.
Brice holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering, specialised in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Ecole Centrale Marseille, France and an MBA from KEDGE Business School, France and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
Brice succeeds Arve Johan Kalleklev, who has transferred back to a new role in Norway.
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.
Samuel Cross, senior vice president of North America at Airswift said about Greenall: “She has been a pivotal part of our North American team and has a history of going above and beyond expectations when it comes to establishing and maintaining client relationships. I am delighted to have her leading our Canadian team as we seek to bring it to its next level of growth.”
Greenall comes to the new role with 12 years of experience in a variety of senior roles with Airswift, which she joined as a recruiter in 2005, and a track record of success in developing and expanding client partnerships.
Airswift, the global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, announced that it has appointed Kati Greenall as regional director for Canada.
In her new role, Greenall will take the helm as Airswift Canada continues to diversify its services, investing in relationships with new clients to identify job opportunities for the local workforce and overseeing staffing for major oil and gas projects in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
Airswift Canada’s teams span Calgary, Nova Scotia and St. John’s, with support from regional headquarters in Houston and global continuity from Airswift offices in over 54 locations worldwide.
“The people of Airswift Canada have tremendous pride in their relationships with our clients and contractors,” said Greenall. “This is the foundation for building trusted partnerships, which is essential to the sustainability and continued growth of our company. I am excited to invest in more job opportunities with training and development for talented and ambitious Canadians.”
Well Centric, an independent specialist operating in the well integrity and production technology sectors, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer.
Gary Smart brings 30 years’ oil and gas industry experience and a strong track record in technology development, commercialisation and global market expansion to the role. Gary has held a variety of management positions throughout his career, spending 11 years at Weatherford before joining Tendeka in 2009, where he spent six years as CEO.
Well-Centric said Smart’s extensive experience in development and commercialisation of high value technologies will be an asset to Well-Centric’s leadership moving forward.
FrontRow chief executive Stuart Ferguson said:
“ His technical background and commercial acumen, teamed with his extensive management experience, will be invaluable for both Well-Centric and the wider FrontRow group.”
In a move to support plans for future growth, Aberdeen-based downhole technology specialist, Well-SENSE, said it has appointed Craig Feherty as its new chief executive officer.
Feherty brings over 20 years of experience to this newly created position, joining from GE Oil and Gas where most recently he was product line director for Wireline Products. Prior to this he held management roles at Sondex Wireline and Archer, with his early career beginning in the aviation and sonar industries.
Well-SENSE co-founder and technology director Dan Purkis, said: “Craig’s appointment comes at a really exciting time for Well-SENSE as we continue to achieve fantastic results with FLI. We have seen first-hand the tremendous potential this technology offers the industry and believe that Craig is the right person to lead and support Well-SENSE as we embark on the next stage of our journey.”
Of his appointment, Feherty said: “I’m exceptionally pleased to join Well-SENSE and become part of a team which is creating world-class technology for the industry. Dan has done a fantastic job of
Global subsea equipment specialists, Ashtead Technology has added to its leadership team with the appointment of Brett Lestrange as UK regional director.
Bringing more than 25 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Lestrange will lead Ashtead’s UK sales and technical team to drive growth and support the company.
Based in Aberdeen, Lestrange joins Ashtead from HCS Control Systems where he held the position of chief executive officer and developed the business as a service-led subsea manufacturing company, expanding its customer base locally and internationally.
Prior to this, he was a founding partner of Frontrow Energy Partners and held a number of senior and technical positions at Expro Group, including head of subsea.
Allan Pirie, chief executive of Ashtead said: “Brett brings a wealth of engineering expertise and a proven track-record in delivering customer focussed cost effective solutions which is our key goal.”
Sergey Skrynnikov was appointed as head of department 338 at Gazprom, the company said. He has been at Gazprom for 21 years, rising through the ranks. He began his career at Gazprom as Gas Compressor operator to chief engineer and deputy head of the Kanchurinskaya Underground Gas Storage Station at Gazprom Transgaz Ufa.
He was the lead engineer, head of Compressor Station Operation Division at Gazprom Transgaz Ufa from 2005-2013 and the deputy director general for repairs and capital construction for a short time before being appointed as the deputy director general for production at Gazprom Transgaz Ufa until 2013. His new appointed comes after serving a year as the deputy head of the department 308, Gazprom said.
Skrynnikov graduated from the Ural State Academy of Mining and Geology, majoring in Mining Machinery and Equipment. He has an MBA degree.
AG&P, the Philippines-based LNG delivery solutions company said it appointed Abhilesh Gupta as its global chief financial officer and commercial head. Gupta will spearhead the expansion of the company in India and beyond, with a focus on connecting off-grid customers across the country to affordable gas supply, AG&P said.
Jose. P Leviste Jr., chairman AG&P said, “Abhilesh is one of India’s most recognised experts in commercialising LNG projects with over 22 years’ experience in leading and managing international finance and commercial portfolios in LNG/natural gas and power in India and Singapore.”
Prior to joining AG&P, Gupta was the group CFO of Asia Genco Pte Ltd. During his tenure as the general manager of finance at Petronet LNG Limited, he played a key role in the financial closure of India’s first LNG receiving and regasification terminals at Dahej, Gujarat and at Kochi, Kerala, AG&P said.
Chevron announced that Michael K. Wirth will be the new chairman and chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2018. Wirth succeeds John S. Watson, who will retire from the company and its board on February 1, 2018, after 37 years of service, including eight years as chairman and CEO, the company said.
“Mike is a proven leader who is ideally suited to lead Chevron into the next chapter of our history,” said Watson. “He has the right values, knowledge and experience, and has established a strong record of accomplishment in his 35 years with the company.”
Wirth, 56, said, “I appreciate the confidence that John and the board have placed in me. Chevron has a proud 138-year history of developing the energy that improves lives and powers the world forward. I am honored to have been selected to carry on that tradition.”
Wirth joined Chevron in 1982 as a design engineer. Since that time, he advanced through a number of engineering, construction and operations positions. Wirth was named vice chairman of the board of directors in February 2017. He is also executive vice president of Midstream and Development, a position he has held since 2016.
DNV GL said it has appointed Liv Hovem as the new CEO of its oil and gas business area. Starting 1 January 2018, Hovem will report to group president and CEO Remi Eriksen.
Hovem succeeds Elisabeth Tørstad, who has been appointed CEO of DNV GL’s new digital solutions business area.
DNV GL Group president and CEO Remi Eriksen said;
“I am confident that she will successfully lead our business through the current period of significant changes in the industry, working together with her colleagues in our oil and gas business area.”
Hovem has been with DNV GL since 1988, most recently as regional manager for Continental Europe, the Middle East and India in DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business. She has more than 25 years of experience in international management, technical advisory and engineering services, research and development in the oil & gas and maritime industries. She has an MSc in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering from UC Berkeley (1990) and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1987).
Sound Energy, the African and European focused upstream gas company, announced the appointment of JJ Traynor as chief financial officer, effective September 5.
In his role as CFO, Traynor will lead the finance, commercial, business development and investor relations functions. Sound Energy it is intended that he will also be appointed as a director of the company at a future date, and a further announcement will be made, as appropriate, in due course. "JJ's appointment reinforces our commitment to building a strong management group with real industry experience. I am looking forward to working with JJ, particularly to build on our longstanding ties with our retail investor community and deepen our institutional shareholder following," said James Parsons, Sound Energy's CEO.
Traynor has 29 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He was executive vice president of investor relations at Royal Dutch Shell, and part of the finance leadership team there for 12 years. Prior to Shell, JJ was managing director of the award-winning oil and gas equity research team at Deutsche Bank. He began his career in 1989 as an exploration geologist at BP, spending 8 years in Mongolia, Norway, Vietnam and the UK. He has a geology degree from Imperial College, London, a PhD from Cambridge University, and he is an alumnus of the INSEAD advanced management programme.
EnQuest announced the appointment of John Winterman as a non-executive director of the EnQuest Board with effect from September 7. On joining the board, Winterman will become a member of the Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees.
Winterman, a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, has significant oil and gas experience in global exploration, business development and asset management. He is currently a non-executive director of CC Energy, the energy division of the privately held construction company CCC.
Jock Lennox, chairman of EnQuest said: “Winterman brings with him 40 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, which includes 15 years of executive responsibilities at Occidental. We look forward to working with him.”
Winterman holds a B.Sc. in geology from Queen Mary College, London University and has extensive leadership experience in global exploration, business development and asset management and has a strong record of exploration success globally with over two billion barrels of oil equivalent discovered in the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Russia, United States and Yemen. He joined Occidental in 1981 and after a 20+year technical career as a geologist with the company, moved into executive roles, these included high-level leadership positions in exploration, new business development and in asset management. He left Occidental in 2013 and since then he has provided strategic advice to international oil and gas companies.