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OE People: 2016 / December

OE People: 2016 / December (8)

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 03:38

New energy minister for Norway

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Terje Søviknes (Progress Party) has been appointed Minister of Petroleum and Energy in Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg's cabinet.

Søviknes replaces Tord Lien, who was Minister of Petroleum and Energy from 16 of October 2013 until yesterday.

"I am looking forward to continuing the Government's work at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. This area of policy is very important for Norway, and has great significance for employment, value creation and revenues for the Norwegian society," says Søviknes.

Søviknes was born in 1969. Since 1999, he has served as Mayor of Os municipality. He is a member of the Hordaland County Executive Board and a member of the Progress Party Group Steering Committee. He is also the leader of the Hordaland County Progress Party group and Board Member of Hordaland Progressive Party.  Mr. Søviknes is an aqua engineer of education, and has studied economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). 

"It has been a privilege to lead the work at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for a period of more than three years. Energy policy has been high on the public agenda throughout this period. I wish Terje Søviknes the best of luck continuing this work," says outgoing minister Tord Lien.

State secretary Kjell-Børge Freiberg and State Secretary Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde will remain in their positions at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, along with Political Adviser Elnar Holmen.

Friday, 16 December 2016 09:19

EnQuest picks new COO

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EnQuest has named Neil McCulloch as the company’s new chief operating officer (COO), who will also join the board as an executive director.

McCulloch, currently EnQuest’s president, North Sea, is being promoted to the group position of COO.  It is intended that McCulloch will join the EnQuest board, as an executive director, at EnQuest’s 2017 annual general meeting (AGM).  McCulloch’s existing responsibilities for EnQuest’s North Sea operations, will expand to include production from Kraken and EnQuest’s operations in Malaysia.   

“I am very pleased to congratulate Neil McCulloch, both on his appointment to the role of chief operating officer and on being invited to join the board,” Jock Lennox, chairman of EnQuest said.“These appointments recognize Neil’s success in helping to increase EnQuest’s production from a 2013 average of 24,222 boe/d, before he joined us, to 42,520 boe/d in H1 2016.”

In addition, Enquest announced the appointment of Carl Hughes as a non-executive director.

Hughes was previously a vice chairman and senior audit partner at Deloitte, based in London; he was also global leader of Deloitte’s energy & resources practice.  He retired from Deloitte in 2015, with nearly 30 years’ experience of the oil & gas, mining and utilities industries, focusing principally on the provision of audit, due diligence, transaction support and advisory services. Hughes is a trustee and member of council of the Energy Institute.  Hughes will also become a member of the Remuneration Committee and of the Risk Committee.

On joining the board, Hughes will take over from Philip Nolan as chairman of EnQuest’s Audit Committee, a position which Nolan is occupying on an interim basis, following Jock Lennox being appointed chairman of the EnQuest board on 8 September 2016. 

Friday, 16 December 2016 08:58

Weatherford names new CFO

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Weatherford International has appointed Christoph Bausch as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective 13 December 13. 

Bringing many years of financial and operational management experience, Bausch joined the company in May 2016 as vice president and controller product lines. 

Previous to his tenure at Weatherford, and since May 2011, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Archer Ltd., an oilfield services company publicly traded in Norway on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Before his role at Archer, Bausch served as a global finance director of Transocean, after having a 20-year international career with Schlumberger, where he held senior financial positions in global and regional capacities in the US, the UAE, France, Mexico, Venezuela and Germany across a number of business segments covering operations, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain.  

Bausch holds an MBA degree from the University of Mannheim, Germany.  

Bausch will report directly to the chief executive officer.

"Christoph's previous experience as a public company CFO, his financial expertise, depth of knowledge in the oil and gas industry as well as leadership capabilities will further help strengthen our focus on financial discipline, cash flow generation and improved cost efficiencies,” Weatherford CEO Krishna Shivram said.

Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:34

Shell appoints Jessica Uhl as CFO

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Royal Dutch Shell’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Simon Henry will conclude his service as of the company after more than seven years in the role, and will be succeeded by Jessica Uhl.

Henry will remain on the board as CFO until 9 March 2017 and sign the 2016 annual report, after which he will hand over his duties. Simon will then remain available to Jessica and to the board to assist with transition until 30 June 2017.

The board appointed Uhl as CFO with effect from 9 March 2017. Uhl will be an executive director of the company and a member of its executive committee, and will be based in The Netherlands.

Uhl, an American citizen, grew up in California and holds a BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley (1989) and an MBA from INSEAD (1997).

She joined Shell in 2004 and has held finance leadership roles, based in Europe and the US, in Shell’s Upstream, Integrated Gas and Downstream businesses, as well as in projects and technology and corporate headquarters.  She is currently executive vice president (EVP), finance for the integrated gas business. Previous roles included EVP, finance for upstream Americas, vice president (VP) finance, upstream Americas unconventionals, VP controller for upstream and projects and technology, VP finance for the global lubricants business and head of external reporting. Jessica joined Shell in finance and business development supporting the renewables business.

Prior to joining Shell, Jessica worked for Enron in Houston and Panama (1997-2003) and Citibank in San Francisco (1990-96). 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 08:39

NOPSEMA appoints safety, integrity head

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Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) appointed Derrick O’Keeffe as the head of division for safety and integrity.

In this role, O’Keeffe will ensure regulatory requirements around the occupational health and safety of the offshore oil and gas workforce are met. This includes the assessment of safety cases and well operations management plans, and their associated inspection and compliance regimes.

O’Keeffe possesses a comprehensive understanding of Australia’s objective-based regulatory regime, having worked for a diverse range of oil and gas companies in Australia, such as Murphy Oil, Strike Energy, and Woodside.

Significant international experience is also a feature of his background, which includes time spent working in the UK, the US, Asia, and the Middle East with various companies including Blade Petroleum, British Gas, Schlumberger, and Marathon Oil.

“O’Keeffe will bring new perspectives to the regulatory work undertaken by NOPSEMA, and I look forward to O’Keeffe leading our engagement with industry on safety and well integrity matters,” said Stuart Smith, CEO of NOPSEMA.

O’Keeffe’s expertise in the field of offshore oil and gas has been utilized in recent months through consultancy work with National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), part of the Australian government's Industry Growth Centers Initiative.

Formal qualifications held by O’Keeffe include a Bachelor of Science from Loughborough University of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University.

He replaces Gavin Guyan, who retired in September 2016, and who held various roles at the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA) and subsequently at NOPSEMA when it was formed in 2012.

O’Keeffe will be based at NOPSEMA’s head office in Perth, and will commence on 20 December 2016.

Friday, 09 December 2016 11:22

Henry Woo heads Hansa APAC

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Henry Woo is to head up the Asia-Pacific (APAC) division at Hansa Heavy Lift, taking over from Joerg Roehl.

Woo, who will be based at the shipping line’s Asia headquarters in Singapore, has two decades of experience in the supply chain and shipping industry, including senior roles with BBC Chartering, DHL Global Forwarding Management and DB Schenker, where he helped build teams in the region.

“[Woo] has been with us since day one at Hansa Heavy Lift,” said Roger Iliffe, CEO, Hansa Heavy Lift. “We have relied on his industry experience, creativity and leadership to build up our strong position within APAC. In particular, Henry has been the leader of our move into more complex transport and installation (T&I) projects in Asia and led our work with Bumi Armada and BioWave in the past years. We are very excited that he has accepted this new leadership challenge.”

After almost six years with the organization and part of the founding management team, Joerg Roehl decided to move back to Europe and will remain in close contact with the organization whereby he continues to be in an advisory role.

Woo joined Hansa Heavy Lift in 2012 as head of commercial, APAC, and successfully built the commercial network and the team in the APAC region.

Image: Henry Woo/Hansa Heavy Lift

Thursday, 01 December 2016 14:27

AGSL appoints UK business development manager

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Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd. (AGSL), which specializes in managing and protecting companies’ “hidden assets” such as process critical software, has appointed Mark Steel to the position of business development manager for the UK. 

The decision to bring Steel on-board the business development team is part of AGSL’s plans to further strengthen its market niche in the UK, supplying process control software asset protection. In his new role, Steel cultivates relationships with existing and prospective clients in the UK.

“There is so much more that companies in the UK can do to protect their process critical software assets in order that operations run smoothly,” said Steel.  “I look forward to opening doors to new opportunities and building a consistent revenue stream for AGSL.” 

With 33 years in technology and special expertise in the role that technology plays in a process and manufacturing setting, Steel understands what organizations require when it comes to optimizing and protecting their process control software assets. Before joining AGSL, Steel was employed by PMI Software as business development manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Throughout his career, he has worked in a variety of similar roles with major technology firms across the UK. 

Steel holds an MSc in Manufacturing, Management & Technology from the Open University. He is an active member of Manufacturing UK, Manufacturing Execution Systems, Enterprise Software Sales Professionals, and Manufacturing Executives in the UK. 

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Steel is based in Cheshire, England and reports to Sam Mackay, chief executive of AGSL, who is based at the AGSL global headquarters in Livingston, Scotland.

Image: Mark Steel/AGSL

Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:44

Siemens US CEO steps down

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Siemens US CEO, Eric Spiegel will leave the company at the end of the year at age 59.

Spiegel will be replaced by Judith Marks, effective 1 January 2017. In addition, Lisa Davis has been appointed chair and CEO of Siemens Corp., effective the same date.

“[Spiegel] has grown Siemens’ business and furthered our reputation in the US as a critical contributor to the country’s economic, manufacturing and innovation engines, and we thank him for his leadership,” said Davis, who leads the company’s global energy operations from its oil and gas headquarters in Houston. “[Marks] has a deep knowledge of Siemens’ entire portfolio that will serve us well during this time of transition and into the future.”

Marks began her career at Siemens in 2011 as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., where she led the company’s approach to the federal market. Before coming to Siemens she spent 27 years with Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies. She will assume the US CEO role in addition to her current position as executive vice president at Dresser-Rand, a Siemens business.

Image: Judith Marks/Siemens