Energy Players

Nov. 1, 2006
John W. Snow, former US Treasury Secretary, has been elected to Marathon Oil Corp.’s board of directors.

Former US Treasury Secretary Snow elected to Marathon board

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John W. Snow, former US Treasury Secretary, has been elected to Marathon Oil Corp.’s board of directors. Snow previously served as a member of USX Corp.’s board of directors. USX Corp. changed its name to Marathon Oil Corp. on December 31, 2001. President George W. Bush nominated Snow to be the 73rd Secretary of the Treasury on January 13, 2003, and the United States Senate unanimously confirmed him to the position on January 30, 2003. He was sworn into office on February 3, 2003, and served with distinction until leaving office on June 29, 2006. Snow received a BA degree from the University of Toledo. He also holds a masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Virginia. Snow graduated with a law degree from the George Washington University in 1967 and was on the economics faculty at the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia.

Morgan Creek names Bolles chairman and CEO; adds Cadenhead to advisory board

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Morgan Creek Energy Corp. has appointed William W. Bolles as chairman of the board of directors and CEO. Bolles began working with major independent companies at the senior management and director level, including PetroTex Oil and Gas Co., Carothane Corp., and most recently Warwick Advisors Corp. In addition, Chris Cadenhead has been appointed to the company’s advisory board. He is an attorney in Florida with extensive contacts in business and government sectors. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law.

Helix Energy Solutions makes executive management changes

Helix Energy Solutions reports that Martin R. Ferron will succeed Owen E. Kratz as CEO. Kratz will continue with the company in the role of executive chairman of the board. Ferron has been with Helix or its predecessor, Cal Dive International, since 1997. He became president in 1999 and served as COO from January 1998 until August 2005. He also served on the company’s board of directors since September 1998.

Alisa B. Johnson has also joined Helix as its senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Johnson has practiced law for over 20 years, has over 15 years of energy sector experience and was most recently with Dynegy Inc., serving as senior vice president and group general counsel - generation. She holds a BA degree from Rice University and a juris doctor law degree from the University of Houston.

Helix Energy Solutions, headquartered in Houston, is an energy services company that provides innovative solutions to the oil and gas industry worldwide.

Heritage Oil gets new CEO and chairman

Heritage Oil Corp.’s Michael Hibberd, director, has assumed the position of chairman and Tony Buckingham, director, has assumed the position of CEO. Micael Gulbenkian, who previously held these positions, is no longer employed by the company. Heritage is an international oil and gas corporation with a producing property in the Sultanateof Oman, a development property in Russia and exploration projects in the Republic of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bradley resigns as CEO of Midstream, joins Matrix as president and CEO

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Michael J. Bradley, the president and CEO of DCP Midstream Partners LP Partnership’s general partner, and a member of its board of directors, is resigning to join Matrix Service Co. as president and CEO. Tulsa-based Matrix provides general industrial construction and repair and maintenance services principally to the petroleum, petrochemical, power, bulk storage terminal, pipeline, and industrial gas industries.

Melrose chief to retire

Melrose Resources announces that David Curry, chief executive of Melrose, has given notice that he intends to retire from the company. Melrose also announces the appointment of David Archer as executive director with the title of operations director. Archer has been Melrose’s country manager for Bulgaria since 1999 and in that capacity had responsibility for the development of the Galata gas field. Prior to joining Melrose, Archer had extensive oil industry experience, mainly with BP and Texaco.

Lloyd’s Register appoints new global risk manager

Lloyd’s Register has appointed Dr. Paul Davies as global business manager for risk management services. He joins from Vectra Group, where he was business development manager. Previously he was a partner in ERM the environmental management consultancy, where he led the process risk team and directed the development of risk software for the UK HSE. He has also held senior positions at DNV and Four Elements.

Bankers Petroleum adds Christensen to team

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Bankers Petroleum Ltd. has named Eugene Christensen as the vice president of exploitation. He will focus on development growth opportunities in Banker’s Albania operations. He has more than 22 years of US and international experience. He most recently served as vice president of engineering for Flagship Energy Inc. and was president of Blue Raven Consulting Inc. He has also held positions at Angle Albanian Petroleum Ltd., Mark Resources Inc., Koch Exploration Canada Ltd., and Husky Oil Operations Ltd.

Superior names Lane international manager

Superior Energy Services has named Ashley Mark Lane international manager. He will be based at Superior’s Broussard campus. Lane has been with Superior for nearly five years, most recently as the international manager for Stabil Drill, a Superior company offering downhole tools. Lane’s new responsibilities will include developing and overseeing all aspects of Superior’s corporate business development, sales and marketing worldwide. He will also coordinate all international inquiries that cross product/service lines. Before joining Superior, Lane founded Drilling Logistics.

March Resources names new COO

Paul Vigneau has joined March Resources as COO. Vigneau is a professional engineer who brings over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Recently he was involved with a private oil and gas company which was focused on exploration and development in Argentina and other parts of Latin America. Before that, Vigneau was vice president of West Energy Ltd., before that he was exploitation manager for Devon Canada. In addition, March is granting a total of 330,000 options at a price of $0.65 per common share for Vigneau and two consultants involved in the Chilean project.

Farnsworth to be senior VP and CFO of NATCO Group

NATCO Group Inc. has named Bradley P. Farnsworth to the position of senior vice president and CFO filling a recent vacancy. Farnsworth brings industry, financial, and accounting experience to the company. He has worked as a consultant for NATCO over the past 18 months in many different areas both domestically and internationally. Farnsworth began his career with PriceWaterhouse and had positions of increasing importance with the Coastal Corp., KN Energy, and Dynegy Inc. He earned a BA degree from Michigan State University and an MBA degree from the University of Colorado.

Century Petroleum names Hersch CEO

James B. Hersch has joined Century Petroleum Corp. as its CEO and president. Hersch, 54, is a 30-year veteran of the petroleum industry who has covered a wide range of technical, operational, and managerial positions. He held numerous management and technical positions with increasing responsibility within Anadarko. Hersch began his career in 1975 with investigations of mineral deposits in Appalachia for New Jersey Zinc. In 1978 he joined Exxon USA as senior geologist covering wildcat prospect generation. He graduated from Appalachian State in 1975, with a BA in geology. He then obtained an MSC from the University of Tennessee in 1978. Century Petroleum Corp. is a junior oil and gas exploration company with offices in Denver.

Robert Malone tapped to lead BP America

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Robert A. Malone has been appointed chairman and president of BP America Inc. and will serve as BP’s chief representative in the US. Prior to this position, Malone served as chief executive of BP Shipping Ltd. During his career he has held a series of senior positions within Kennecott Copper Corp., the Standard Oil Co. of Ohio, and BP, including an assignment as president, CEO, and COO of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. He holds degrees from the University of Texas El Paso and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Allis-Chambers adds Afdhal as director

Allis-Chambers Inc. has added Ali H. M. Afdhal to the company’s board of directors. He is an independent director and will serve as chairman of the compensation committee. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Tom Kelly from the board. Since 2001, Afdhal has operated and managed his family’s international commercial and agricultural interests. Allis-Chambers is a Houston-based oilfield services company that provides services and equipment to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies.

Mariner Energy names new CFO; updates management team

Mariner Energy Inc. has named John H. Karnes its senior vice president, CFO, and treasurer. Karnes will replace Rick G. Lester who announced his intended departure from Mariner and who has continued in his role at the company on a consulting basis. Previously, Karnes was the senior vice president and CFO of The Houston Exploration Co. He received his BBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his JD from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Mariner Energy Inc. has also made the following management promotions: Teresa G. Bushman has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Prior to her promotion, she had served as vice president, general counsel, and secretary since joining Mariner in June 2003.

Judd A. Hansen has been promoted to senior vice president, shelf and onshore. Previously, Hansen served as vice president, shelf and onshore, since February 2002.

Cory L. Loegering has been promoted to senior vice president, deepwater. Prior to his promotion, Loegering served as vice president, deepwater.

Jesus G. Melendrez has been promoted to senior vice president, corporate development. Melendrez had served as vice president, corporate development, since joining Mariner in July 2003.

Mike C. van den Bold has been promoted to senior vice president and chief exploration officer. Prior to his promotion, he served as vice president since 2002 and as chief exploration officer since April 2004.

Richard A. Molohon has been appointed vice president, reservoir engineering. He previously served as manager, reserves and economics, and has been employed at Mariner since 1995.

ASI Energy hires Dallas-based oil and gas executive

ASI Energy, a division of Analytical Surveys Inc., has hired Louis Dorfman Jr. as executive vice president of the division. He has also joined ASI’s senior management team. Dorfman is an experienced oil and gas executive who spent the past 12 years as president of Dorfman Production Co. Dorfman will establish an ASI Energy office in the Dallas area and broaden ASI’s access to oil and gas opportunities. ASI Energy is a San Antonio-based oil and gas company focused on participation in non-operating exploration and production of US onshore oil and natural gas reserves.

Morgan Creek appoints Pruitt to advisory board

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Morgan Creek Energy Corp. has appointed Drayton Pruitt to the company’s advisory board. He received a BS degree from the University of Alabama, a juris doctor from the University Of Alabama School of Law, and a doctor of laws degree from Livingston University. Pruitt serves on the board of directors of Cyber Operations and also serves as chairman of the board of directors of Regions Bank in Sumter, Ala. He was elected to the City Council of Livingston, Alabama in 1964 and served until 1968, when he was elected as Mayor and then served as vice chairman of the Utilities Board of the City of Livingston from 1968 - 1980.

Regal makes senior management appointments

Regal Petroleum has appointed Neil Ritson, who joined the company as a non-executive director in July 2006, to CEO. He began his career as a geophysicist with BP Plc before moving through senior technical roles into executive management. The company has also appointed David Scott to the position of COO. Scott has over 25 years’ experience in operational management in the oil and gas industry. He holds a BSc in mechanical engineering. He started his career with Conoco spending 9 years working within drilling and engineering roles before joining Enterprise Oil. He then spent time with Hardy Oil & Gas before joining Burlington Resources, where he remained for 8 years. Francesco Scolaro has been appointed non-executive chairman of the board of directors, having previously been a non-executive director.

CNX Gas promotes Hardoby and Zajdel

CNX Gas Corp. has promoted M. Charles Hardoby and Daniel J. Zajdel to vice president. Hardoby was named vice president-strategic planning. Most recently, he was director-strategic planning. He graduated from Allegheny College with a bachelor’s degree. He received his JD from Duquesne University School of Law in 2002. Hardoby began his career at Price Waterhouse LLP, and has 10 years’ experience in the energy industry. Zajdel was named vice president-investor and public relations. He had been director-investor and public relations. He graduated from Penn State University with a BS degree. He obtained his master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981. Zajdel has 25 years’ experience in the energy industry. CNX Gas Corp. is an independent natural gas exploration, development, production and gathering company operating in the Appalachian Basin of the United States.

John B. Hess elected to Dow board of directors

Dow has elected John B. Hess, chairman and CEO of Hess Corp., to the board of directors. Hess Corp. is a global integrated energy company engaged in the exploration for and production and sale of crude oil and natural gas, as well as the production and sale of refined petroleum products. Hess brings to Dow a strong background in the global oil and gas industry, with 28 years at Hess Corp. He has been chairman of the board and CEO of Hess Corp. since 1995. Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of science and technology to improve living daily.