Personnel Moves and Promotions: Alliance Pipeline names Birch president, CEO

April 4, 2005
Alliance Pipeline names Birch president, CEO Alliance Pipeline Ltd. of Calgary named Murray Birch president and CEO of the company.

Alliance Pipeline Ltd. of Calgary named Murray Birch president and CEO of the company.

Birch, who served as Alliance's interim president since December 2004, has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Most recently, he served as senior vice-president, business development, with Duke Energy Corp.

Birch also served as co-CEO of Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. and on the executive committee for Vector Pipeline LP as well as on the board of Alliance Pipeline.

Other moves

Plains All American Pipeline LP appointed Daniel J. Nerbonne as vice-president, engineering.

Nerbonne has 25 years of experience in the pipeline industry. Prior to joining Plains All American, he served as general manager, portfolio projects, for Shell Oil Products US since January 2004.

Prior to that, from 1998, Nerbonne served in various capacities, including general manager, commercial and joint interest, with Shell Pipeline Co. Prior to joining Shell, Nerbonne spent 18 years with Texaco Trading & Transportation and its affiliates, where he held numerous positions in engineering, operations, and business development, including vice-president, business development.

Matt Silverman was named exploration manager of Robert L. Bayless Producer LLC, a private Denver exploration and production company.

Based in Denver, Silverman is responsible for geological and land departments there and in Farmington, NM. Bayless has producing and exploratory assets in the Southern and Central Rocky Mountain Regions of the US and in Australia.

Rally Energy Corp., Calgary, named Doug Brown as vice-president, production and engineering.

He has been consulting to Rally Energy and has worked in the industry 20 years. He will be responsible for international and Canadian production operations.

John G.F. McLeod resigned as vice-president, operations, although continues as a director of Rally Energy.

Graeme Sweeney was appointed CEO of Shell Renewables and president of Shell Hydrogen. Graeme succeeds Karen de Segundo, who retired Mar. 31.

Sweeney has been with Shell for 28 years. Prior to this appointment, he served as vice-president, manufacturing, supply, and distribution, for Shell's downstream business in Europe.

Previously, he has held other positions in the downstream including president, Shell Global Solutions; vice-president, oil markets technology, for Global Solutions; vice-president, fuels, for Shell International; and manager, downstream business, in Turkey and Egypt.

De Segundo has been in her current position for the past 5 years. During 34 years of service with Shell, her previous roles include CEO, gas and power, and vice-president, oil products, with Shell Brazil.