PERSONNEL MOVES AND PROMOTIONS: ExxonMobil makes executive appointments

April 16, 2007
ExxonMobil Corp. has made several executive appointments.

ExxonMobil Corp. has made several executive appointments.

The major has elected M.W. Albers senior vice-president. He will become a member of the company’s management committee and assume certain responsibilities for its upstream businesses.

Prior to his appointment, Albers held various managerial positions in development, operations, production, and engineering. Most recently, he served as president of ExxonMobil Development Co. following his role as EMDC vice-president, Africa, Chad/Nigeria.

Albers also served as executive assistant to ExxonMobil’s chairman and president at the company’s Irving, Tex., headquarters. Prior to that, he served as Alaska interests manager and production manager for the Western US.

After several assignments in Texas and New Jersey, in 1991 Albers transferred to Esso Australia in Melbourne as technical manager and later became operations manager. He has been with the company since 1979.

Separately, N.W. Duffin, executive vice-president of EMDC, was appointed president of EMDC, succeeding Albers.

Duffin joined Mobil Oil Co. in the UK in 1979 and has held various managerial positions in production, operations, and development.

In 1992, he served as producing advisor for Europe and Africa based in Fairfax, Va. In 1995, he transferred to Aberdeen as operations and northern North Sea manager and in 1998 was named senior vice-president, Mobil Oil Indonesia. After the Exxon-Mobil merger, Duffin became vice-president, EMDC, with responsibility for projects in Russia-Caspian Sea and the Middle East. He later served as vice-president, Africa, for ExxonMobil Production Co.

Other moves

Toreador Resources Corp. has made several appointments within its E&P division.

The company has appointed Michael J. Fitzgerald executive vice-president, E&P.

Previously Fitzgerald served as Toreador’s senior vice-president, E&P. He joined the company in late 2001 as part of the acquisition of Madison Oil Co., which he cofounded, and served as vice-president, exploration, since 1992. Before that, he worked for Triton Energy Corp., Dallas, for more than 10 years. He began his career as an exploration geologist for Texaco Inc. in New Orleans in 1972.

Edward Ramirez, Toreador’s vice-president, technical, was promoted to senior vice-president, E&P, succeeding Fitzgerald. Ramirez joined Toreador in 2001, also as part of the acquisition of Madison, which he joined in 1993. He began his career as an interpretation geophysicist with Mobil Oil Corp. in 1974, working primarily on evaluation of seismic data in East Asia and the Gulf of Mexico. He joined Triton Energy Corp. in 1980 and served as a geophysicist and geophysical manager through 1989. After that, he served as an international marketing manager and international coordinator at Schlumberger-Geco-Prakla in Houston.

Senior International Geophysicist William J. Moulton was appointed vice-president, technical, succeeding Ramirez. Prior to joining Toreador earlier this year, he was a consultant to Toreador on the South Akcakoca Subbasin project in the Turkish Black Sea since mid-2004. He has been working as a geophysical consultant since 2000. Prior to that, he served as manager of advanced imaging services for Geotrace Technologies. He has previously worked for Snyder Oil Corp. (now Devon Energy Corp.) and Enserch Exploration Co. (now Newfield Exploration Co.) as an exploration geophysicist.

Bill Barrett Corp., Denver, has appointed R. Scot Woodall senior vice-president, operations.

Woodall has more than 20 years of operational experience, including drilling, completions, production, and facilities. He most recently served as senior vice-president, Western US, at Forest Oil Corp.

Previously he worked for Amoco Production Co. as senior petroleum engineer and operations engineer and for Santa Fe-Synder Corp. as senior operations engineer and, later, as operations and engineering manager.