Groppe, Long & Littell
Houston, has appointed Anne E. Dutcher as senior analyst. She will be responsible for analyzing the oil and natural gas markets as well as producing statistics for the firm's periodic reports.
Prior to joining Groppe, Long & Littell, Dutcher headed up the strategic planning division at Anadarko Minerals Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds an MA degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Groppe, Long & Littell is a forecaster of major changes in oil and natural gas prices.
New Orleans, named Bruce W. Wilkinson chairman and chief executive officer, and announced the retirement of Roger E. Tetrault from those positions. Wilkinson joined the company earlier this year as president and COO.
Schlumberger Network Solutions
New York, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Scotland-based Data Marine Systems Ltd., a global provider of telecommunications services for transmitting data from remote locations.
Established in 1988 as a 3I backed management buyout, Data Marine Systems employs more than 200 experts in the area of remote connectivity and networking. Data Marine Systems offers satellite and telecommunications equipment and managed services as well as technical consulting, system engineering, and integration.
A part of Schlumberger Test & Transactions, Network Solutions provides IP network consulting, network design, and implementation of secure corporate information communications. Professional services include: secure data access, remote connectivity, PKI systems, network outsourcing, information hubs and data centers, public telecommunication systems including smart card-based public telephony, multimedia kiosks, wireless application, consulting and integration, and secure connectivity for mobile telecommunication operators.
BP and Aspen Technology, Inc.
London, and Cambridge, Mass., announced a multi-million dollar initiative to implement an integrated set of software solutions to optimize the performance of BP's chemical operations worldwide. The agreement will involve the deployment of AspenTech's extended supply chain and manufacturing enterprise optimization software solutions in BP's chemicals businesses worldwide, to deliver improved plant performance and customer service.
Standardizing on AspenTech's technologies will allow BP to optimize its chemical operations across the world in an integrated manner. The project will be managed by a joint business management team focusing on large-scale business integration and optimization.
BP is an oil, gas, and petrochemical company. BP's main activities include exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas; refining and marketing of petroleum products; the manufacture and marketing of petrochemicals; and an expanding solar business.
Aspen Technology Inc. is a supplier of integrated software and solutions that enable process manufacturers to automate and optimize their plants and extended supply chains. AspenTech employs more than 1,500 people worldwide.
GATX Rail Logistics
Chicago, has named Deborah Poe as director of sales and marketing, Michael Mays as manager rail car administration, and Meeta Chauhan as senior business development analyst.
Poe joined GATX Rail Logistics in 1998 as a project manager and has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the organization. Prior to joining GATX, she held various positions at Consolidated Rail Corp. and Amoco. She holds a degree in marketing from Miami University in Ohio and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. As director sales and marketing, Poe will be responsible for all of the sales, marketing strategy, product management, market research, and sales channel coordination for GATX.
Mays joined GATX in February 1999 as the operations manager. Prior to joining GATX, he spent 6 years with P & O Nedlloyd, an international container ship company most recently as manager of Midwest operations. Mays holds a BA degree in Economics from Rutgers University. In his new position, he will focus on managing customers' asset management needs including maintenance, regulatory, and accounting requirements.
Chauhan joined GATX in 1996 as an engineer and has held positions as a transportation analyst and as a team leader for a web-based information management system. As a senior business analyst, she will concentrate on information technology and web development projects. Chauhan holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from St. Louis University.
GATX Rail Logistics provides rail transportation management services to shippers or receivers of rail-oriented commodities.
Stone & Webster, Inc.
Baton Rouge, La., has named Richard F. Gill, executive vice president and COO. He will also serve as president of its newly formed entity, Stone & Webster Inc., A Shaw Group Company.
The Shaw Group Inc. is a supplier of fabricated piping systems and services with experience and expertise in the global power generation market. Shaw offers comprehensive solutions consisting of integrated engineering and design, pipe fabrication, construction and maintenance services and the manufacture of specialty pipe fittings and supports to the power generation, crude oil refining, chemical and petrochemical processing, and oil and gas exploration and production industries.
Shaw recently acquired assets of Stone & Webster, which provides engineering, procurement, construction, consultation and environmental services to the power generation, process, governmental, and industrial markets.
Mitchel Field, NY, has named Kevin Hesselbirg COO. In his new position, Hesselbirg will oversee the company's day-to-day operating activities, including product and service delivery,new client opportunities, resource management and allocation, and strategic business planning. In addition, Hesselbirg will continue serving as CFO until his replacement has been selected.
Hesselbirg joined OpenLink as CFO in 1999 from Trex Medical Corp., a subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corp., where he was vice-president of finance for two wholly owned subsidiaries. Hesselbirg began his career at Ernst & Young, where he was audit manager focused primarily on growth-oriented emerging publicly traded companies. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fordham University.
Founded in 1992, OpenLink is a developer of financial and energy trading and risk management software.