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The Trump administration will appoint Victoria Coates as a special energy representative to Saudi Arabia as Washington struggles to deal with a global oil price crash. As of press time, Coates’ start date was unknown due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Diamantino Pedro Azevedo has been reappointed minister of mineral resources, petroleum and gas of the Republic of Angola.
Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy has named José Mauro Ferreira energy secretary of petrol, natural gas and biofuel, replacing Renata Isfer.
Roger W. Jenkins has recovered and resumed his responsibilities with Murphy Oil Corp. as president and CEO following his temporary medical leave. David R. Looney, who had assumed Jenkins’ responsibilities, has returned to his day-to-day role as executive vice president and CFO.
Tullow Oil Plc has named Rahul Dhir CEO and executive director, effective July 1. He will succeed Dorothy Thompson, who will return to her position as nonexecutive chair after a limited period of handover.
Ken Mariani has retired as president and CEO of Amplify Energy Corp. Martyn Willsher, who currently serves as CFO, will assume the role of interim CEO.
SandRidge Energy Inc. has named Carl F. Giesler, Jr. president and CEO.
Unit Corp. has appointed David T. Merrill CEO and president. He will succeed Larry D. Pinkston, who has retired from his position but will continue serving on Unit’s board of directors.
Equinor has named Tim Dodson vice president of strategy execution in global strategy and business development, effective June 1. Tore Løseth has been appointed acting executive vice president of exploration and will join the corporate executive committee.
Quality Cos. has appointed John Clay Nunnally CEO, Richard Tang director of business development and Derek Bollom vice president of offshore and offsite operations for quality construction and production. Additionally, Wayne Lacey has been named vice president of operations for Zadok Technologies.
ProPetro Holding Corp. has named Phillip A. Gobe chairman and CEO, succeeding Dale Redman, who has resigned from the company. Sam Sledge has been promoted to chief strategy and administrative officer, which will include assuming the responsibilities of chief administrative officer. He will replace Jeffrey Smith, who will serve as special adviser to the CEO. Additionally, Adam Muñoz has been named senior vice president of operations.
J. Marshall Dodson has been appointed president and CEO of Key Energy Services Inc. He also will hold the title of president and interim CFO.
Andreas Evertz has been named CEO of Flender Group, part of Siemens AG Portfolio Cos., succeeding Stefan Tenbrock, who will retire, effective June 1. Additionally, Evertz has been appointed an additional managing director.
Ikon Science has appointed Denis Saussus CEO and member of the board of directors.
Hu Guangjie has been appointed executive director and president of CNOOC Ltd. He will replace Xu Keqiang, who has resigned as president but will continue serving as executive director and CEO.
Frank Firsching has been named CEO of Clockspring|NRI. He will succeed Matt Boucher, who has stepped down from this position.
Alex Bergman has been named CEO of Revo Testing Technologies LLC. Jeff Spath has joined the company as an investor and senior technical adviser. Additionally, Jose Silva has been selected to serve on the board of directors.
Wellsite Fishing and Rental Services LLC has appointed Brian Chastain president.
Occidental Petroleum Corp. has named Robert Peterson CFO, replacing Cedric Burgher who will transition to another role within the company.
Tellurian has appointed Kian Granmayeh CFO, replacing Antoine Lafargue, who will join the marketing group as senior vice president of LNG Marketing. Additionally, Amos Hochstein will assume the role of executive vice president of LNG Marketing.
Blake McLean has been named CFO of Ambyint.
Scott Pittman has resigned as CFO of Chaparral Energy Inc. to pursue other interests. While the company intends to conduct a search to fill the vacancy, Stephanie A. Carnes, Chaparral’s controller, has been temporarily assigned CFO duties. Patrick Graham, Chaparral’s senior director of corporate finance, will serve as the primary investor contact. Additionally, Mark Ver Hoeve, vice president of geoscience, has elected to retire.
ROVCO has appointed Reena Rowan CFO, and Martin Young has been promoted to CTO. Additionally, Iain Wallace has been named chief scientific officer. Ian Bryan has joined the company as consultant COO. Also, Simon Miller has been appointed general manager.
Nine Energy Service Inc. has appointed Guy Sirkes senior vice president and CFO. He will succeed Clinton Roeder, who has departed the company by mutual consent.
Gary Paver has been named group CFO of ASCO.
Applied Petroleum Technology has appointed Carl Peter Berg CFO.
Hege Kverneland has retired as vice president and CTO of National Oilwell Varco. She will be succeeded by David Reid.
MFG Chemical has named Jonathan O’Dwyer vice president of commercial operations, and Tim Haggerty has been promoted to vice president of oil and gas.
OmniTRAX has appointed Justin Strickland director of economic development.
Stratagraph has named Wayne Allen Cook Jr. director of business development. Additionally, Elizabeth Viator has been appointed controller and human resources manager.
Alejandro Villa has been named global customer support engineer of Sercel-GRC.
Technical Toolboxes has appointed Joseph Ladner engineering performance adviser.
Atwell LLC has welcomed Elizabeth Babcock as senior project manager for the Power and Energy, Land & ROW Solutions group.
OspreyData has promoted Charissa Santos to product manager.
ConocoPhillips has appointed Al Walker, former chairman and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum, and David T. Seaton, former chairman and CEO of Fluor Corp., to serve as board members.
Saudi Aramco has appointed Mark Weinberger as an independent board member, replacing Andrew Gould.
Stephen I. Chazen, chairman and CEO of Magnolia Oil and Gas Corp., has been elected as chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s board of directors.
Diamondback Energy Inc. has appointed Stephanie K. Mains and Vincent K. Brooks independent directors.
Lilis Energy Inc. has named Michael G. Long chairman of the board. He will replace David M. Wood, who has resigned due to personal reasons.
Len Chaikind has joined Western Oil Exploration’s board of advisers as chairman.
The Petroleum Equipment and Services Association has elected Rod Larson, president and CEO of Oceaneering International, as chairman. Michael Reeves, president and CEO of Rubicon Oilfield International, will serve as vice chair. Additionally, Pearl Chu, Karen David- Green, Robert Drmmonud, Doug Polk and Warren Zemlak have been elected to serve on the board.
AWC Frac Valves Inc. has rebranded as AWC Frac Technology.
Sulzer has opened a new service center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The specialist facility will provide maintenance and repair services for all types of pumps.
Flowline Specialists has launched a new service and maintenance division. It will operate from the firm’s existing workshop facility at its Oldmeldrum headquarters and utilize existing personnel.
OriginClear Inc., a provider of water treatment solutions, has relocated its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles to combine with its manufacturing site in McKinney, near Dallas, Texas.
Splice Machine has launched a new Industrials division, including establishing a Middle East presence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The focus of this division will be predictive maintenance for outage avoidance for the oil and gas, energy, communications, renewables and petrochemical industries.
AqualisBraemar has set up a new office in the Port of Tyne to support its rapidly developing rig inspection services and to be closer to numerous clients in northeast England.
Milestone Environmental Services has opened a new oilfield waste landfill facility south of Midland in Upton County, Texas.
ASCO has acquired full ownership of NORM Solutions Ltd., a provider of specialist cleaning, treatment and disposal services for oilfield equipment contaminated with naturally occurring radioactive materials.
Churchill Drilling Tools and Mohawk Energy have joined with Coretrax under its new brand, with a unified offering designed to improve production performance and well intervention efficiencies.
Sargent & Lundy, an engineering consulting firm, has acquired Summit Engineering Services Inc., an independent multidiscipline design engineering firm dedicated to the oil and gas industry. The acquisition positions Sargent & Lundy to expand its presence in the oil and gas engineering sector.
WPX Energy has completed its previously announced acquisition of Felix Energy.
U.S. Energy Corp. has acquired New Horizon Resources LLC.
Authorities in the United States and Brazil are investigating improper payments to officials at Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil company, as part of Brazil's far-reaching corruption probe, known as Car Wash.
Analysts discuss the outlook for the U.S. shale sector as it recovers from the latest downturn, awaiting higher global demand.
Survey results said 66% of 154 oil and gas firm executives contacted by the Dallas Fed this month believe U.S. crude oil production has peaked. The survey includes executives from Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.