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Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced the departure of CEO Doug Lawler and tapped Mike Wichterich to lead the company in the interim. Lawler had served as president, CEO and as a director on the Chesapeake board since June 2013.

David M. Turk has been sworn in as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy by Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

VAALCO Energy Inc. has named George Maxwell CEO.

Oasis Petroleum Inc. has named Daniel E. “Danny” Brown CEO.

TMC Compressors has appointed Christian Ness CEO. Ness succeeds industry veteran Per Kjellin as part of a planned generational change. Kjellin will continue working for TMC as adviser in the company’s business development team. He will also join the company’s board of directors.

Enteq Upstream, the oilfield services technology and equipment supplier, has appointed Andrew Law CEO, succeeding Enteq founder Martin Perry.

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. named its development and marketing head Meg O’Neill as acting CEO after longtime boss Peter Coleman decided to step down a little earlier than planned.

Antero Resources Corp. has announced the retirement of Glen Warren, who helped co-found the Appalachia shale producer alongside its current chairman and CEO Paul Rady.

Permian Basin operator Ring Energy has promoted Travis Thomas to CFO, succeeding Randy Broaddrick, who held the role since its reverse merger with Stanford Energy in 2012.

Dr. Peter Waller will become CFO of the Flender Group, a global supplier of mechanical and electrical drive systems. He succeeds Dr. Ulrich Stock who will resign from his position as CFO of the Flender Group by mutual agreement.

ProPetro Holding Corp. has promoted Sam Sledge to president. Sledge, who joined ProPetro in 2011, currently serves as the company’s chief strategy and administrative officer.

Kosmos Energy has promoted Tim Nicholson to senior vice president and head of exploration. He will replace Tracey Henderson, who has left the company to pursue other interests. Additionally, John Shinol has been promoted to senior vice president and chief geoscientist.

Crowley Maritime Corp. has promoted Alisa Praskovich to vice president of sustainability, where she will orchestrate Crowley’s ESG activities across its diverse business offerings and operations globally.

Akselos has appointed Shell Venture’s Michiel Van Haersma Buma vice president of customer success.

BCCK Holding Co. has appointed Brian Petko senior vice president of engineering.

Validere has appointed Kayla Ball senior vice president of products. Ben Tao was named senior vice president of marketing, Jana Shelford was named vice president of talent and culture, and Jesse Shouldice was appointed vice president of business development.

ASCO, a global integrated logistics and materials management company, has appointed Craig Revie general manager of its specialist lifting division, NSL.

Ashtead Technology has named Scott Stephen to head its increasing activities in renewable energy. In the newly created role, Stephen will oversee the firm’s growing presence and enhance its service offering to support the global renewables market.

Composite pipe technology company Strohm has promoted Caroline Justet to support its international growth ambitions as the oil and gas industry progresses toward cleaner energy production.

Denbury Inc. has appointed Nikulas Wood as senior vice president. Wood will head the Denbury Carbon Solutions team.

Bill Webb has been promoted to vice president within the Environmental and Construction Professional Practice of RT Specialty.

EnBiorganic Technologies, a provider of patented turnkey autonomous systems for the natural, biological treatment of wastewater, has appointed Joyce Stroot to its R&D team as senior technologist.

Beginning on June 1, Hans-Peter Siebenhaar will take over the responsibility for communications at OMV as senior vice president.

Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. has announced that its finance director, Subhash Kumar, has assumed the additional post of chairman and managing director of the company.


Dräger has opened a new facility in Gonzales, La., further strengthening its presence in the Gulf Coast. The new location offers Dräger’s full portfolio of safety products and its enhanced offering of rental and safety services for the oil, gas and chemical industries.

Dresser NGS, a provider of metering, electronics, instrumentation, flow control, distribution repair products and overpressure protection devices, has rebranded as Dresser Utility Solutions.

Pioneer Natural Resources Co. is buying DoublePoint Energy LLC in a deal valued at $6.4 billion, less than three months after completing its purchase of fellow shale driller Parsley Energy Inc. as it expands in the U.S. Permian Basin.

Enverus has acquired Energy Acuity, a provider of power generation and power delivery market data with specific expertise in renewable energy.

Noble Corp. has announced the completion of its acquisition of Pacific Drilling Co. LLC.

Six One Commodities Global LLC (61C Global), a natural gas and power merchant backed by Pinnacle Asset Management LP, announced on April 26 the acquisitions of Vega Energy Partners Ltd. and WGL Midstream Inc.

Bluewater, a private equity company, announced April 28 that it has sold px Group, having transformed the business during its five years of ownership to a market leader operating energy and energy transition assets throughout the U.K.

SPOC Automation, a family of companies specializing in variable speed drive automation and inverter technologies, has launched its newest company, SPOC Grid Inverter Technologies Inc.