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Staff announcements from the upstream oil and gas industry: September 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Some recent appointments in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Alan White, Head of European engineering services, Harkand

Internaitonal subsea inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company Harkand today announced the appointment of a new head of engineering services in Europe.

In a new role for the company, Alan White will oversee the current 40-strong team to further expand the company’s capabilities in the region. This is key to supporting the additional DSV added to the fleet this year and the new build DSV due for delivery in early 2016. 

Ryan McPherson, General Manger for the Middle East, ProSep

Houston headquartered oil, gas and water treatment specialist, ProSep has appointed a General Manger for the Middle East as it plans for significant growth in the region.

Ryan McPherson joins the company from the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), where he has been Regional Director for the Middle East and Asia Pacific based in Abu Dhabi since 2011.

This company secured a contract with Saudi Aramco in the Arab Gulf Region earlier this year for the supply of its patented ProSalt wash water injection and mixing system.

Patricia Vega, President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas Latin America

Patricia Vega is the new President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas for Latin America. She will be responsible to maintain the prominent position assumed by the company in the oil and gas market, contributing to the development of customized solutions that meet the specific demands of customers and partners in the region.

Patricia has 20 years of experience in the oil industry, including technical, operational and leadership positions in the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. Based in Rio de Janeiro, she will lead the 5400 employees of GE Oil & Gas in Latin America and will be responsible for developing regional capabilities.

“The big challenge is to further increase GE Oil & Gas market share in the region. Today the company is the leading provider of solutions for the oil and gas industry and the goal is to keep the strong partnerships with our customers and to continue developing technologies that complement the portfolio and meet the market needs," said Patricia Vega. GE Oil & Gas provides solutions ranging from drilling to production, as well as power generation, transportation, storage, refining, processing systems and pipeline inspection.

Jack Stark, President and Chief Operating Officer, Continental Resources, Inc.

Continental Resources, Inc. has announced that Jack Stark has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer by the Company's Board of Directors. Stark joined the Company in 1992 and has served as Continental's Senior Vice President of Exploration since 1998.

"Jack is a great team leader whose geological contributions have been a key component of Continental's success over the past 22 years," said Harold Hamm, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "He is highly regarded as a pioneer in unlocking unconventional resources in the Rockies, the Bakken, and most recently the SCOOP play in Oklahoma.  He has the respect and trust of the entire Continental team.  This new role will expand his operational leadership, positioning him to continue playing a critical role in leading Continental as we execute ahead of schedule on our five year plan, and develop our deep inventory into the future."

Alex Imperial, Regional Manager for South America, DNV GL

Mr Imperial recently left Singapore, where he was Director for DNV GL’s Deepwater Technology Centre, to take over DNV GL’s Oil & Gas Division in South America. Experience from his last position will benefit his new role as the new dedicated Research unit means that research will be one of the DNV GL’s focus areas in Brazil.

“With the vast pre-salt offshore developments ongoing and planned in Brazil, and other opportunities in South America, I’m delighted to have taken on this role in what is a very exciting time for both the region and DNV GL. We have a total of 130 local technical experts, but also draw on the deep and broad expertise of our 5,500 employees globally,” says Mr Imperial.

Alex Imperial started as an intern in DNV GL 23 years ago, and has since gained extensive experience from a variety of roles in Brazil and Asia within the Maritime and Oil & Gas divisions, as both a technical expert and leader. He started his management career as a Station Manager in Macaé while also being rig coordinator for Petrobas. He has also served as the global Key Account Manager for Petrobas as well as driving business development in South America and South East Asia Pacific. 

Bill Kelley, Chief Executive Officer, Antelope Oil Tool & Mfg. Co.

The Board of Directors of Antelope Oil Tool & Mfg. Co., LLC are pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Kelley as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Kelley previously served as Antelope’s Vice President of Sales and Operations, and has more than 35 years of casing and cementing equipment experience in the oil and gas industry. Kelley will be based at the Company’s headquarters in Houston, Texas.

Edited from various sources by Cecilia Rehn

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