February 2022

Trends and Resources


Hunter Buildings names Michael Draper as Chief Operating Officer

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Hunter Buildings has named Michael Draper as the blast-resistant building firm’s chief operating officer.

In his new role, Mr. Draper is responsible for overseeing Hunter’s day-to-day operations. In addition, he will work with company leadership to implement strategic direction and values to move the company forward.

A 7-yr veteran of Hunter Buildings, Mr. Draper previously served as Chief Financial Officer. He brings more than 20 yr of operational and financial experience to his work, with sectors including manufacturing, construction, specialty rental services, midstream/energy and telecommunications.

Prior work has placed him in leadership positions ranging from COO to CFO and Director for both public and private companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 endeavors.

Mr. Draper earned his BA degree in accounting from Texas State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He still works closely with his alma mater, having served for more than 15 yr on an advisory board for the school’s McCoy College of Business.

Michael Draper


Motion Industries Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, has promoted Jon Tart to Vice President of the Company’s Southeast Group.

Mr. Tart was promoted from his position of Baltimore Division Vice President. Starting with Motion in 1996 as a Customer Service Representative, he transitioned to the Corporate Training program in 1997, then moved to a sales territory in 1998. Since then, Mr. Tart has served as Branch Manager of two branches, Division Sales Manager, Area Vice President of corporate accounts for the Northeast and the Southeast, and Baltimore Division Manager. Mr. Tart will report to Kevin Storer, Executive Vice President, Branch Operations. A graduate of East Carolina University, Mr. Tart holds a BA degree in marketing and an MBA.


Shell Plc. has appointed Sinead Gorman as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective April 1, 2022. She will become a member of both Shell’s executive committee and board of directors. After a distinguished career of 17 yr with Shell, the last 5 yr as CFO, Jessica Uhl will step down from her role on March 31, 2022. Ms. Uhl will be available to assist Ms. Gorman and the board with transition until June 30, 2022, after which she will leave the group.

Ms. Gorman now serves as Executive VP, Finance in Shell’s global upstream business. She started her career as a civil engineer before embarking on a finance career when she joined Shell in 1999. Since then, she has held several increasingly senior finance roles in all Shell’s major businesses, in Europe, North America and latterly globally. A British national, she will be based in London, UK.

She started her career in trading, working in STASCO and the Coral Energy Joint Venture, based in Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas. She worked in mergers and acquisitions and treasury based in the Netherlands. In recent years, Ms. Gorman has held the position of Executive VP, Finance for projects and technology, and integrated gas and new energies.

Ms. Gorman holds an MEng degree in engineering, economics and management from the University of Oxford, and an MSc degree in finance from the London Business School.


A new leader has been appointed for the global expert in gas analysis, Servomex. Andy Cowan replaces Trevor Sands as the new President, having been promoted from his role as Chief Finance Officer at Spectris’s Industrial Solutions Division (ISD).

Mr. Cowan has also worked as the Interim President of the Industrial Solutions Division, as well as VP for Finance and Business Development at the sister company Particle Measuring Systems.

Andy Cowan


thyssenkrupp nucera will get a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with Werner Ponikwar, who will take over as CEO on July 1, 2022. As Deputy CEO, Denis Krude will assume the newly created function of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

The strengthening of the management team is in line with thyssenkrupp nucera's successfully pursued growth strategy and reflects the growing range of responsibilities on the executive board. An IPO as preferred option for the further development of the company continues to be examined.

Dr. Ponikwar has broad experience from a wide range of management positions in plant engineering and chemicals as well as the rapidly growing hydrogen market, while Mr. Krude will continue his many years of successful work with customers and projects of thyssenkrupp nucera. After thyssenkrupp nucera's convincing start of the year, they will shape the company's next, successful chapter together.

Dr. Ponikwar most recently served as Managing Director of Linde Hydrogen FuelTech GmbH, a subsidiary of Linde Plc. Previously, he headed, among other things, the polyolefins business unit at Linde Engineering as well as key account management at Linde AG. He holds a PhD in chemistry and worked for the management consultancy Arthur D. Little, as well as the chemical company Degussa (today Evonik).


Tonit Calaway has been elected to Air Products’ board of directors effective March 1, 2022. She will serve as a member of the Air Products board’s corporate governance and nominating committee and its management development and compensation committee.

Ms. Calaway is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of BorgWarner Inc., a global product leader in delivering innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for the vehicle market. Before joining BorgWarner, she held various leadership positions during her 18-yr career at Harley-Davidson Inc., culminating in her role as Vice President, Human Resources and President of The Harley-Davidson Foundation. Prior to Harley-Davidson, Ms. Calaway worked for two Milwaukee-based law firms.

Ms. Calaway is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. 


Brad Ogilvie has been named the new Director of Global Accounts and Large Project Pursuit at HIMA Group. This appointment further reinforces one of the company’s core values of delivering superior safety-related automation solutions on a global base.

Mr. Ogilvie is a qualified professional with certifications in engineering, business, sales and marketing. He began his career as a Controls Engineer and joined HIMA as a Field Service Engineer after moving to the Middle East in 2002. He has since carried out sales and management roles with multiple HIMA global entities, including the U.S., Canada and Sub-Sahara Africa. Since 2018, Mr. Ogilvie has led the HIMA Middle East Sales operations as Director of sales.

Brad Ogilvie



Reinforcing a commitment to its Canadian clients, Burns & McDonnell is promoting Jeff Smith to lead the engineering, architecture and construction firm’s oil, gas & chemical group at its Calgary, Alberta regional office. The Calgary office offers full-service engineering, construction and consulting solutions in a variety of sectors.

Mr. Smith joined Burns & McDonnell in 2006 as a Process Engineer at the 100% employee-owned firm’s global headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. He will transition into his new role in March.

He now leads the Burns & McDonnell team on a large renewable diesel project in California, which involves converting a petroleum refinery into a renewable fuels manufacturing facility. This project has involved over more than engineering staff and will position the facility well to support the client’s overall energy transition goals.

He has served in key leadership roles on numerous other projects, including Process Engineering Lead on a hydrogen plant project in Memphis, Tennessee; Engineering Manager for a grassroots gas plant in McClure, Oklahoma; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) Project Manager for a refinery processing flexibility revamp project in Ponca City, Oklahoma; and EPC Project Manager for a new fractionation unit and overall facility expansion in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

Jeff Smith


Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries’ Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group, a part of the Nikkiso Co. Ltd. (Japan) group of companies, has named Chinmay J. Upadhyat as Regional Vice President, South Asia region.

He will be based in Nikkiso Cosmodyne India Private Ltd., their large manufacturing and competence center in Gujarat India. This important addition to their management team is the result of growth in the market environment and is in line with the objectives of the Industrial Division of Nikkiso to better serve and support their customers in the Southern Asia Market.

Mr. Upadhyat began his career in 1995 as a Production Engineer with Anup Engineering and Inductotherm India, then served as Key Account Manager for 10 yr with Dresser Rand India. Since 2008, he has been Regional and then Assistant General Manager for Burckhardt Compression India, where he was responsible for sales and business development of new machines for the Indian market.

With his broad experience in the CNG, LNG, H2 and industrial gas markets in India, Mr. Upadhyat will lead the Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases sales and service teams in this important region and embark on a mission to deliver market share growth in a sustainable and profitable way.

He earned a mechanical engineering degree from Government Polytechnic, Ahmedabad, a BS degree in technology from JNRVD University, Rajasthan, and an MBA from Sikkim Manipal University in Manipal.

Chinmay J. Upadhyat


Topsoe has appointed Elena Scaltritti as its new Chief Commercial Officer. She takes on her new position no later than July 1, 2022.

Ms. Scaltritti comes from a similar position as Executive Vice President at SONGWON Industrial Group (SONGWON), where she is responsible for the group’s commercial activities.

At SONGWON, based in Switzerland, Ms. Scaltritti has held various positions since joining in 2011. She holds a BSc degree in organic chemistry from University of Milan and an MBA from MIB Business Scholl Politecnico in Milan.

Elena Scaltritti


GE Digital has announced that Chief Technology Officer, and an Officer of GE, Dr. Colin Parris, has been elected as a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineers (NAE). Dr. Parris, Dr. Manoj Shah, an engineer with GE and GE Research, and John D. McDonald, smart grid business development leader, GE Grid Solutions, are among the 133 US and international members elected as part of the 2022 class.

Election as a member of the NAE is one of the most prestigious professional honors an engineer can receive. Members must be nominated by a peer, with nominations going through a year-long process before final selections are made. To be selected as a member, an engineer must demonstrate that they have helped to pioneer new developments in their field and made outstanding contributions in engineering.

As GE Digital’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Parris leads teams that leverage digital technologies in the energy industry and other industrial environments. He works across GE to accelerate business impact and transformation by combining lean principles with digital solutions. His expertise spans engineering, software and AI-driven analytics.

Working closely with some of GE’s biggest customers, he is leading a team that champions breakthrough technologies and capabilities to accelerate innovative solutions to solve emerging customer problems. Dr. Parris, an alum of GE Research, created and leads the Digital Twin Initiative across GE and is a board member of the Digital Twin Consortium.

Dr. Parris has been widely published, including his most recent participation in the latest World Economic Forum white paper, “Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Accelerate the Energy Transition.” Because of his deep domain knowledge and expertise on artificial intelligence and digital twin technology, Dr. Parris has been regularly featured and interviewed by top international media outlets such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, POWER, Business Insider, Axios and CIO, among others. For more than 20 yr, Dr. Parris has been committed to the development and enhancement of STEM programs across minority communities and serves as a board member of Ambyese.

Dr. Colin Parris


The American Petroleum Institute (API) has announced that Chevron Chairman and CEO Mike Wirth will serve as Chairman of API’s board of directors for a 2-yr term. Mr. Wirth succeeds Phillips 66 Chairman and CEO Greg Garland, who will remain a member of API’s executive committee.

Mr. Wirth was elected Chairman of the board and CEO of Chevron Corp. by Chevron’s board of directors in September 2017 and assumed the roles in February 2018. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice Chairman of the board in 2017 and Executive Vice President of Midstream & Development for Chevron Corp. from 2016–2018. In that role, he was responsible for supply and trading, shipping, pipeline and power operating units, as well as corporate strategy, business development and policy, government and public affairs.

He served as Executive Vice President of Downstream & Chemicals from 2006–2015 and as President of Global Supply and Trading from 2003–2006. Mr. Wirth serves on the board of directors of Catalyst and the executive committee of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He is also a member of The Business Council, the National Petroleum Council, the Business Roundtable, the American Society of Corporate Executives, and the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable.

API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than 11 MM U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Its nearly 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy Excellence®, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.


Anthony Verberght will join Carboline as Managing Director, Carboline Europe, effective February 28, 2022, reporting to Chris Tiernay, President and COO.

In his role, Mr. Verberght will be responsible for overseeing Europe's strategy development, growth and profitability in conjunction with the Carboline Executive Team. He will also drive the successful implementation of the European portion of the company’s global expansion project designed to significantly increase Carboline’s European business.

Mr. Verberght joins Carboline with more than 20 yr of experience in protective coatings, gained as an entrepreneur and in senior roles within the world's largest protective coatings company. He has held numerous positions throughout Europe and Asia.

Anthony Verberght


Burckhardt Compression has appointed Vanessa Valentin as new Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and member of the Executive Management. She will join Burckhardt Compression on August 1st, 2022 to succeed Sandra Pitt, who left the company at the end of December 2021.

Ms. Valentin is a Swiss citizen with a bachelor's degree in psychology at Sussex University, UK, and a master's degree in HR at the London School of Economics.

She brings many years of HR experience from leading international industrial companies like General Electric and Alstom Thermal Power, for which she has worked in Germany, the U.S., Italy, Australia and Switzerland. In these companies, she developed as leader in the field of HR, with particular expertise as HR partner, in building recruitment programs, in company mergers and various strategic HR projects.

Most recently, Ms. Valentin was Senior Vice President Human Resources and member of the Group Management Board at VAT Group. She actively supported the post-IPO in 2016 and set up the HR processes required for this major step.

Vanessa Valentin


ABB has named Andrea Antonelli as General Counsel and Member of the executive committee. He will succeed Maria Varsellona, who will leave the company to become Chief Legal Officer of Unilever. Furthermore, Mr. Antonelli will become ABB’s Company Secretary on March 24, 2022, following the Annual General Meeting.

Mr. Antonelli joined ABB in July 2020 and now serves as Global Business General Counsel of ABB’s Electrification Business Area. Prior to that, he was at the Tetra Pak Group, where he held various positions as regional general counsel including Vice President Legal Affairs of Global Commercial Operations. He has also worked for General Electric and Fluor Corporation, and in private practice at DLA Piper London offices.

He holds a law degree from the University of Florence, Italy and a master degree of laws (LLM) from King’s College, University of London, UK. He is a qualified lawyer in Italy and Spain and solicitor of England and Wales.

As of March 1, 2022, the Executive Committee will comprise: Björn Rosengren, Chief Executive Officer; Timo Ihamuotila, Chief Financial Officer; Tarak Mehta, President Electrification; Peter Terwiesch, President Process Automation; Morten Wierod, President Motion; Sami Atiya, President Robotics & Discrete Automation; Andrea Antonelli, General Counsel; Theodor Swedjemark, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer; and Carolina Granat, Chief Human Resources Officer.

Andrea Antonelli


McDermott International Ltd. has appointed Michael McKelvy as President and Chief Executive Officer. He will also serve as a member of McDermott's board of directors. Lee McIntire, who has been serving as interim CEO since June 2021, will continue as a member of McDermott's board of directors.

Mr. McKelvy has spent more than three decades working in the engineering and construction industry across the U.S. and international markets, including Europe and the Middle East. He previously led Gilbane Building Co. as President and CEO since 2014, where he was instrumental in record growth, profitable operations and a strong customer commitment.

Prior to joining Gilbane, Mr. McKelvy spent 26 yr at CH2M Hill, where he held multiple leadership positions and ultimately became Chief Delivery Officer of the company. In this position, he was responsible for project execution across all domestic and global regions with oversight of risk, safety, security, procurement and quality. He spent his early career in operations as an architect and project manager at C.H. Guernsey & Co. and Lockwood Greene, which became part of CH2M Hill.

Mr. McKelvy now serves on the board of directors for RPS Group Plc., a leading global professional services firm. He holds a BS degree in environmental design from the University of Oklahoma and a BA degree in architecture from Louisiana Tech University. He completed executive management programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Babson College.

Michael McKelvy


Technip Energies, a leading engineering and technology company for the energy transition, had named Dr. Wei Cai as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), replacing Stan Knez. Based in Houston, Texas, Dr. Wei joins the Group Executive committee effective February 1, reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Arnaud Pieton.

In her CTO role, Dr. Wei will work with the executive committee and business leaders to continue to shape the company’s technology vision and strategy, and provide oversight to strategic implementation and R&D programs to meet growing business needs.

Dr. Wei Cai joined Technip Energies in November 2021 as Vice President Technology and Innovation to help shape, develop and implement the company’s technology strategies and accelerate business growth in energy transition.

Before joining Technip Energies, she spent more than 18 yr at GE Research, where she held various leadership roles, including General Manager of the GE Global Research Center in Shanghai, and later at GE Research headquarters in New York as Executive Business Program Manager, Executive Technology Director-Functional Materials and, more recently, as Executive Energy Transformation Technology Leader.

Dr. Wei also served a dual role as the Inclusion and Diversity leader for GE Research from 2020–2021. She holds a PhD in material chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has had more than 40 patents filed and has authored numerous journal articles.

Dr. Wei Cai


Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, one of the world’s leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals, bearings and custom-molded polymer components, has appointed Heather Castleman as Director, Mergers & Acquisitions for Marketing Americas Industrial.

In this new role, Ms. Castleman will focus on accelerating growth through acquisitions in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil. While Trelleborg is not new to acquisitions, Ms. Castleman’s work in this role will deliver a step-change improvement in both the development and implementation of a holistic acquisition strategy, as well as managing targets all the way through the acquisition process.

In addition to her new position, Ms. Castleman will continue in her current role as Senior Director, Strategy & Marketing for Marketing Americas, in which she identifies, researches and recommends opportunities to achieve business goals.

Ms. Castleman has been with Trelleborg since 2004. She has experience in strategic planning, continuous improvement, service leadership, training and coaching. She holds a BS degree in professional and technical communications from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Heather Castleman


Thierry Pflimlin has been named President, Marketing & Services and a TotalEnergies Executive Committee member.

Mr. Pflimlin started his career as Commercial Attaché at the French Embassy in Hanoi. In 1984, he joined the Total Group where he held a number of international positions.

After 5 yr as CEO of Total Asia Pacific in Singapore, he moved back to the head office in 2012 to become CEO of Total France. In July 2013, he became Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs in the Marketing & Services Division.

In 2016, he became the President of Total Global Services. In 2021, he was appointed President, Marketing and Services, and member of the Executive Committee of TotalEnergies.

Thierry Pflimlin is a graduate from the Strasbourg Political Studies Institute and the HEC Business School.


GE has appointed Scott Reese as Chief Executive Officer of GE Digital, effective February 22, 2022. Mr. Reese succeeds Patrick Byrne, who will continue at GE as CEO for the onshore wind business at GE Renewable Energy.

Mr. Reese joins GE from Autodesk, where he is Executive Vice President, product development and manufacturing solutions. He joined Autodesk in 2003 with the acquisition of VIA Development Corp. and has spent nearly two decades leading product and go-to-market initiatives across a wide range of industries, while driving aggressive growth with next-generation solutions for manufacturing. He also established Autodesk's cloud platform, products, operations and cybersecurity practices.

Mr. Reese also serves on the boards of The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc. and Model N, Inc., a leader in cloud-revenue management solutions.

Scott Reese


KP Engineering LP (KPE), a leader in the design and execution of customized engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions for the refining, syngas, hydrogen and renewable fuels industries, has named William E. (Bill) Preston as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Based in both Tyler, Texas and in Houston, Mr. Preston has served as KPE’s President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2015. During that time, he has been responsible for leading significant growth and upholding KPE’s core operational values of respect and integrity. As CEO, he will be responsible for the overall direction, execution and global expansion of KPE.

Mr. Preston is a recognized process industry leader with 34 yr of experience successfully leading and growing technology-based businesses in the engineering, oil and gas, energy and chemical production sectors. Prior to joining KPE, he served in VP roles for companies including a division of Texaco and ChevronTexaco, Linc Energy, Synthesis Energy Systems and GreatPoint Energy. He also served as CEO of The Energy Capital Group, developing syngas and chemical production facilities in the petrochemical and oil refining industries.

He is joined in executive leadership by Michael Roberts, Senior Vice President of Operations; Mahesh Thadhani, Senior Vice President of Business Development; Doug Schnittker, Vice President of Projects; and Ken Fischer, Vice President of Technology.

Mr. Preston holds a BA degree in chemistry from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and an MS degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He serves as the Executive Director of the Global Syngas Technologies Council, a premier trade association for the hydrogen and syngas industries.

William E. Preston


Orbital Energy Group Inc. has appointed Nick Grindstaff as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Grindstaff will replace Daniel Ford, who will remain with the company for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition.

Mr. Grindstaff has more than 20 yr of experience in the infrastructure services industry. Most recently, he served as Vice President – Finance and Treasurer at Quanta Services, a leading international provider of specialty contracting services. Mr. Grindstaff holds an MS degree in accounting and a BS degree in finance from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.


AMETEK Inc. has appointed Daniel J. Skinner as Vice President and General Manager, AMETEK Process & Analytical Instruments (P&AI) division. Mr. Skinner now serves as Divisional VP and Business Unit Manager for the company’s Energy & Process Instrumentation business. He will be replacing Jim Davis, who will assume leadership of AMETEK's Measurement, Communications & Testing (MC&T) division.

Mr. Skinner joined AMETEK in 1993 and served in a variety of technical and commercial roles before being appointed Business Manager of AMETEK’s HDR Power Systems business in 2004. He was subsequently promoted to Business Unit Manager for the company’s Upstream Oil and Gas business, a role he held until expanding his responsibilities leading the Energy & Process Instrumentation business in 2018.

He holds a BS degree in electrical and electronics engineering and an MBA, both from Ohio University.

This leadership change with go into effect January 1, 2022.


Imubit, a leader of artificial intelligence (AI) process optimization for refiners and chemical operators, has appointed Robin McCaffrey as Head of People, Ran Rosin as Head of Product, and Shlomi Zohar as Head of Infrastructure.

Ms. McCaffrey leads the global human resources (HR) team, attracting, developing and retaining extraordinary talent worldwide and promoting a culture of excellence within Imubit. She brings more than 20 yr of global HR experience, having worked for o9 Solutions, Toyota and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Ms. McCaffrey holds a degree in business management.

Mr. Rosin has more than 20 yr of leadership experience in the tech industry. Before joining Imubit, he was the Director of product management at Imperva, where he initiated and led Imperva’s cloud data security SaaS platform. Prior to that, Mr. Rosin was a Co-founder and led the product at Nobex Partners, a self-served audio mobile platform with tens of millions of global users. He earned an EMBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a degree in mechanical engineering from Tel Aviv University.

Mr. Zohar joined Imubit with 25 yr of experience in senior information technology (IT) leadership positions in global high tech and product organizations. Prior to joining Imubit, he served as the global IT Director at Sisense, where he led IT and cybersecurity throughout the company’s journey from a small startup to a mature leading firm. Mr. Zohar also served as the Global Director of IT and hosting services at Traiana Technologies, where he drove the company through a remarkable transition from a traditional IT infrastructure-based services firm to a fully-automated, cloud-based, redundant and resilient service provider, serving the 50 largest global banks. He holds a degree in computer science from Tel-Aviv University.

Robin McCaffrey

Ran Rosin

Shlomi Zohar


LyondellBasell revealed that the board of directors has appointed Peter Vanacker, President and CEO of Neste Corp., as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vanacker succeeds Bhavesh V. "Bob" Patel, who will retire from the company on December 31, 2021, as previously announced.

Mr. Vanacker will assume his role no later than June 2022, upon satisfaction of the notice period under his current employment agreement, at which time he will also join the company's board of directors. The board also announced that Kenneth (Ken) Lane, Executive Vice President, Global Olefins & Polyolefins (O&P) for LyondellBasell, will serve as interim CEO upon Mr. Patel's retirement.

Mr. Vanacker brings more than 30 yr of industry experience to his new role, including serving as President and CEO of Neste, an industry-leading renewable products company that has seen substantial growth and transformation under his leadership since 2018. Prior to that role, Mr. Vanacker was CEO and Managing Director of the CABB Group, a leader in the fine chemicals global market, and he was CEO and Managing Director of Treofan Group, a global leader in the polypropylene films business. He previously had a succession of roles at Bayer AG, including as EVP and Head of the Global Polyurethanes business and member of the executive committee of Bayer Material Science, now Covestro. During his tenure with Bayer, he worked across various subsidiaries, including in Belgium, Brazil, Germany and the U.S. He is the Chair of the advisory board for the European Institute for Industrial Leadership and a member of the supervisory board of Symrise AG.

Peter Vanacker


The Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA) membership has elected the 2021–2022 board of directors, following the announcement of the slate of candidates at its Annual Meeting, which took place in October. VMA’s Chairman of the Board for the 2021–2022 year is Ron Warren, President/COO of Bray International Inc., based out of Houston.

Mr. Warren is President and COO of Bray International Inc. With more than 45 yr of international experience in the flow control industry, he has served in a senior executive position at Bray International Inc. for the last 10 yr.

Matt Theil, President, AUMA Actuators Inc., will serve as the 2021–2022 Vice Chairman of the Board and Treasurer. Other members of the executive committee include: Nathan Brunell, Product Line General Manager, Baker Hughes; Andy Duffy, Vice President Sales, Emerson/ASCO; and Arie Bregman, Vice President and General Manager of DFT Inc., who serves as Immediate Past Chair.

In addition to the executive committee, the following VMA members are returning as Board members:

  • Alejandro (Alex) Alcala, Senior Vice-President, Crane Co.
  • Mark Claffey, President, Trillium Valves USA
  • Andrew Duffy, Vice President Sales, ASCO
  • Seth Guterman, CEO, American Valve
  • David Loula, Director, Global Products and Markets, ITT Engineered Valves
  • Kevin McKown, General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Nuclear
  • Kevin J. Tinsley, SVP Global Operations, Neles
  • Rob Velan, Executive Vice-President, MRO & Aftermarket and Vice-Chairman of the Board, Velan Valve Corporation 
  • Kirk Wilson, President, Flowserve, Flow Control Division
  • Brian Wright, President/CEO, A-T Controls

The board of directors also approved Danilo Garcia, President, RF Valves Inc., to the board, serving a 3-yr term. Mr. Garcia has more than 20 yr of management, sales and engineering experience in the valve and industrial markets, with a focus on the mining, industrial, municipal, chemical and power industries. He became President of RF Valves in 2013 after serving in sales roles for 3 yr. Prior to that, he was with General Electric - Dresser-Masoneilan, Synqor Inc. and Maritech Inc.

Ron Warren


On January 3, 2022, Rodney Vinegar will be joining Sundyne, a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission critical pumps and compressors, as the company’s new Chief Human Resources Officer and VP of Environmental, Health and Safety.

In this role, Mr. Vinegar will enhance the professional development of Sundyne’s global workforce. The team he leads will guide Sundyne’s growth by attracting additional talent that fits Sundyne’s culture and its knack for innovation and technical problem solving. He will also focus on enhancing Sundyne’s EH&S (Environmental, Health and Safety) and ESG (Environmental Social and Corporate Governance) practices, to promote safety, sustainability and environmental responsibility at all of Sundyne’s facilities around the globe.

Mr. Vinegar brings extensive human resources and leadership experience to Sundyne. He most recently worked at the Brace Industrial Group of Houston, where he developed and led the successful execution of a multi-year HR strategy. During his 25-yr professional career, Mr. Vinegar has been responsible for talent management, professional development, HR strategy, merger integration, workers’ compensation, safety processes and policies, labor relations and HR operations with global companies, including UBS Investment Bank, Colgate Palmolive, Sanofi, PepsiCo and Ashland Chemical.

He is a native Kentuckian and the proud father of three. As a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and juris doctor at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Vinegar will be based out of Arvada, Colorado and will report directly to Sundyne’s CEO Mary Zappone.

Rodney Vinegar


Imubit, a leader of artificial intelligence (AI) process optimization for refiners and chemical operators, has appointed Kelly Harred as VP of customer success and Roland Schneefuss as VP and Head of global sales.

Bringing 30 yr of industry and software experience serving customers, building high-performance teams and fostering operational excellence, Ms. Harred will be responsible for leading her team to ensure clients are successful in accelerating, maximizing and sustaining value through Imubit’s end-to-end technology and services solutions. Prior to joining Imubit, she held Senior VP positions at AspenTech. Ms. Harred holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, U.S., and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Mr. Schneefuss will be responsible for revenue growth and go-to-market strategies. He has more than 15 yr of experience in leading presales, solution delivery and consultancy for enterprise-level software solutions and professional digitalization consulting services to F500 and mid-market companies in the oil and gas, power, utilities, chemical, pulp and paper, and other process manufacturing industries. Prior to joining Imubit, Mr. Schneefuss served in a variety of VP positions at AVEVA. He is a veteran of the German Armed Forces and holds both an MBA in industrial engineering and an MS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Kelly Harred

Roland Schneefuss


The board of directors of Pilot Chemical Corp., a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical company, has unanimously approved the promotion of Mike Clark to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective January 1, 2022. He will report to the board of directors.

Mr. Clark joined Pilot in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer (COO), bringing with him more than 30 yr of experience in the industry. A year later he was named President, and since January 1, 2021, he has been leading the company as President and COO. He oversees 10 locations and more than 400 employees.

Prior to Pilot, he served as Vice President – Organics at Sasol Performance Chemicals in Houston, Texas. During his tenure at Sasol, Mr. Clark held management positions in sales and marketing, business development and strategic planning. Prior to that, he served in management roles for CONDEA Chemie (later Sasol O&S) in Germany. Mr. Clark is a native of Hamilton, Ohio and began his career with Vista Chemical Co. He holds BS degrees in zoology and marketing from Miami University.

Mike Clark


H2Tech’s Publisher, Catherine Watkins, and Editor-in-Chief, Adrienne Blume, have both been selected as 2021 Top Women in Media honorees. Ms. Watkins was recognized in the category of “Entrepreneurs” as someone who has launched or rebuilt brands and continues to work tirelessly towards their success. Ms. Blume was awarded recognition in the category “Change-Makers” for women who have successfully altered the course of their brands or the industry for the better.

The Top Women in Media Awards are presented by AdMonsters and Folio to honor women who are making a significant impact in the publishing industry.

Ms. Watkins joined Gulf Energy Information (Gulf) in Houston, Texas as Publisher of Hydrocarbon Processing and Gas Processing & LNG five years ago, after working as a successful Sales Manager in Europe and the Middle East. She took on the role of Publisher with a solid understanding of advertisers’ needs and balances it with her deep respect for editorial integrity.

She believes that communication and collaboration are critical to success and has maintained and grown strong relationships throughout the male-dominated refining and petrochemical industry. She forged partnerships and developed collaborative relationships with many stakeholder organizations to increase circulation and visibility with professionals at various stages of their careers, from entry-level engineers to CEOs of some of the largest companies in the world.

This connection with the industry has allowed her to quickly launch successful new products. Last year, she recognized the need for a publication to serve the hydrogen community, a rapidly growing segment of the clean energy sector. She and her team quickly responded by launching H2Tech, along with a biweekly newsletter, podcast and technical conference, all within the span of a few months. This drive to create an informative, well-respected publication to help move the world’s energy needs to a more sustainable path has already garnered significant praise from industry leaders around the world.

Ms. Blume has a demonstrated history of superior editorial management for technical journals, including two successful brand launches within an eight-year period (H2Tech in 2021 and Gas Processing & LNG in 2013) while simultaneously co-managing a flagship third brand (Hydrocarbon Processing). Her launch of H2Tech earlier this year is contributing to the energy industry’s move toward a more sustainable future by providing engineers and managers with proven technologies and case studies.

Her industry reach extends well beyond media brand leadership, with frequent invitations to speak as a subject matter expert at international energy conferences and trade association events. These opportunities allow her to discuss solutions with industry experts working in many different areas of energy technology around the world, in a technical and male-dominated industry.

She enjoys connecting professionals to one another by helping build high-level speaker agendas for Gulf's numerous energy, technology and women's leadership events. Additionally, she brings expert insights to the hydrogen community as the host of the H2TechTalk podcast.

She considers the driving factors behind her career growth and success to be a deep interest in technology and energy, ongoing collaboration with her community of colleagues, and the desire to contribute to the expansion of technical knowledge for the betterment of the planet. 

The honorees were celebrated at a luncheon on December 1 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Catherine Watkins

Adrienne Blume


DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) has appointed new members to its board of directors as the company continues to grow its global expertise in protecting people, transforming operations and creating a sustainable future.

George Serafeim, John Richard and Srinivasan Ramabhadran have assumed their new roles on DSS’ board of directors.

Mr. Serafeim, regarded as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders and academics in ESG, is the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Co-founder of KKS Advisors, a leading global ESG consulting firm that was acquired by DSS in July 2021. Mr. Serafeim’s participation on the board of directors will provide DSS important strategic direction as it develops and delivers integrated transformation solutions to clients seeking to successfully make investment decisions for the long term, taking ESG factors into account.

Mr. Richard is Global Vice President and General Manager of DuPont’s Safety business, a role in which he has full global responsibility for delivering sustainable growth and profitability for four DuPont product lines:  Kevlar®, Nomex®, Tyvek® and Typar®. Mr. Richard’s position on DSS’ board of directors will ensure DSS continues to be forward-thinking in its core client solutions relating to safety and risk management. Mr. Richard replaces Rose Lee, who departed DSS’ board of directors on September 6.

Mr. Ramabhadran is the Regional Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for DSS, a position in which he supports multiple client engagements across the Asia-Pacific region involving cultural transformation, operations risk management, operational excellence and digital innovation. Mr. Ramabhadran has held various leadership positions throughout his 19 yr with DSS, and he will play a critical role on DSS’ board of directors to advise and guide the company’s strategic growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

George Serafeim

John Richard

Srinivasan Ramabhadran


KP Engineering LP (KPE), a leader in the design and execution of customized EPC solutions for the refining, syngas, hydrogen and renewable fuels industries, has named Mahesh Thadhani as Senior Vice President of business development.

Based in Houston, Mr. Thadhani will be responsible for managing key client relationships and growing KPE’s client base through careful strategic planning. He brings almost 30 yr of experience in Vice President, business development and engineering roles for companies including Wood Plc., URS Corp., CH2M HILL and Fluor. He also continues to serve on the executive advisory committee for the Engineering, Construction and Contracting (ECC) Association.

Mr. Thadhani holds a degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Mahesh Thadhani


The board of directors of Seeq Corp., a leader in manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) advanced analytics software, has appointed former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr. Lisa J. Graham as CEO. Former CEO and Co-founder Steve Sliwa will remain at Seeq in an advisory role as Vice Chairman and Co-founder. Seeq also appointed Ashley Kramer to the company’s board of directors.

Leveraging her experience driving innovation in the process industries and with IIoT-focused organizations, Dr. Graham will focus on reinforcing a strong culture, while rapidly scaling the organization to achieve growth and revenue goals.

Dr. Graham previously served as COO and VP of Analytics Engineering at Seeq, where she played an instrumental role in executing the company’s vision to fuel the digital transformation of the process industries. This required empowering Seeq's customers to bridge the gap between their operational technology and information technology teams through the use of easy-to-use, advanced analytics applications. Prior to joining Seeq, she served as CEO and founder of Alkemy Innovation, an engineering services company. She also served as COO and SVP at Bend Research, now part of Lonza.

In parallel, Ashley Kramer has been named to the board of directors, bringing more than 15 yr of experience to Seeq, gained during scaling of hypergrowth companies. Ms. Kramer serves as the Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Sisense, where she is responsible for leading its go-to-market and product strategy, brand awareness and revenue growth. Previously, she held positions as Senior VP of product for Alteryx, where she drove the company's transformation to a data science platform, and Global Head of loud for Tableau, where she built the company’s fastest-growing and only SaaS product from the ground up.

Dr. Lisa J. Graham


Jōb Industrial Services (Jōb), an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company serving the oil and gas, power, materials and chemical industries, has named Steve Wendel as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., Mr. Wendel has served as Jōb’s COO for the past 7 yr. In taking on the additional role of President, he will be responsible for the overall success of the company, providing strong leadership for the company’s other executives, establishing policies that promote company culture and vision, and developing long-term strategies for growth.

Mr. Wendel holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah.

Steve Wendel


Motion Industries Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, has promoted John Watwood to Vice President of operations integration.

Mr. Watwood moves to this position from Vice President/Group Executive for the Southeast, to which he was promoted in 2019. In his new and expanded role, he will be responsible for Motion’s distribution/fulfillment network, branch operations support and enterprise excellence. He will report to Joe Limbaugh, Executive Vice President of supply chain, operations support, marketing and enterprise excellence.

Mr. Watwood has more than 20 yr of experience in various sales and operations roles in both manufacturing and distribution—including his employment with Motion Industries, which began in 2008. In addition, he played an integral role in the development and deployment of Motion’s Project Challenge, a pilot that transformed a traditional branch structure into a territory-based sales area supported by a local fulfillment center.

A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (BS degree in industrial distribution and marketing), Mr. Watwood also earned an MBA at the University of North Alabama.

John Watwood


Oxford Flow, a flow control equipment specialist for the oil, gas, industrial process and water industries, has appointed ex-Severn Glocon Global CEO, Colin Findlay, as Chief Strategy Officer ahead of planned global growth and diversification.  

Mr. Findlay, an energy industry expert, brings more than 40 yr of experience, including 13 yr as Executive Director and a further 2 yr as Chief Executive of the Severn Glocon Global Group. Since 2018, he has also held the position of Chairman and Industry Lead at the UK’s valve industry body, British Valve & Actuator Association (BVAA).  

He also has a successful track record in strategic operations, diversification and regional expansion, as well as large-scale investment deals. Findlay’s role will guide the strategic planning for market penetration, flexible manufacturing, industrial partnerships and the continued development of the company’s innovative team of technologists as it grows scale and value—particularly within the oil and gas, refining, hydrogen and gas distribution industries. 

In addition, Oxford Flow has continued to strengthen its executive team with the appointment of Kirsten Phipps Get as Director of HR. Ms. Phipps Get brings more than three decades of human resources, people and operational management experience, and her role will involve enhancing the company’s capabilities in talent attraction and retention, and people development as the company continues to grow.  

Colin Findlay


The Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) board of directors will appoint a new executive partnership to lead the firm, effective 1 January 2022. James Parker will become SGH’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), focusing on the firm’s strategic direction and corporate initiatives. Niklas Vigener will take on a new role as Chief Technical Officer (CTO), leading SGH's technical professionals, fostering leadership growth, advancing innovation and research efforts, and promoting integrated engineering solutions.

Mr. Parker and Mr. Vigener have enjoyed a successful partnership for several years as SGH's technical group heads, with Mr. Parker serving as Head of Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics, and Mr. Vigener as Head of Building Technology. Together, they established the overall strategic direction and standards for technical excellence for their respective groups and will look to further those efforts as they lead a combined technical and operational organization. Both leaders have longstanding careers at SGH and bring diverse technical experiences and award-winning project achievements to their new roles. Both executives are also vocal mentors, focused on encouraging and developing future leaders at SGH.

James Parker



Johnson Matthey (JM), a global leader in sustainable technologies, has appointed Alberto Giovanzana as Managing Director of Catalyst Technologies.

Mr. Giovanzana joins JM from BASF, where he most recently served as  Senior Vice President and Head of Global Technology for the €2-B Nutrition and Health Division. Prior to this, he ran BASF’s Plastic Additives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and has also held various marketing and operations roles.

In his new role, Mr. Giovanzana will leverage the deep technical expertise at JM in the field of process catalysts. He will drive collaboration with customers to harness the many business opportunities that the energy transition and circular economy are providing. This will significantly contribute towards JM’s vision of a cleaner and healthier world, today and for future generations.  

Alberto Giovanzana


The board of directors of Linde Plc. has elected Joe Kaeser and Alberto Weisser as new Directors of Linde Plc., effective November 1, 2021. Mr. Kaeser will serve on the Nomination and Governance and the Human Capital Committees, and Mr. Weisser will serve on the Audit and the Sustainability Committees.

Mr. Kaeser and Mr. Weisser are highly regarded senior executives who bring a wealth of global experience to the Linde Plc. board of directors. Mr. Kaeser served as Chief Financial Officer of Siemens AG from 2006–2013 and then as Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG until his retirement in 2021. He now chairs the supervisory board of Siemens Energy AG, is Vice Chairman of the board of NXP Semiconductors and a member of the supervisory board of Daimler Truck AG.

Mr. Weisser served as Chief Financial Officer of Bunge International from 1993–1998 and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bunge from 1999–2013. He now serves on the boards of Pepsico and Bayer AG.

The board of directors has also added a sustainability committee, which will be responsible for board oversight of Linde's strategy and policies related to climate change, including greenhouse gas reduction goals and decarbonization solutions, such as clean hydrogen and carbon capture.

The board has also renamed the compensation committee as the human capital committee, reflecting that committee's enhanced oversight of policies, practices and goals related to Linde's workforce generally, including diversity and inclusion, safety and community engagement.


Orbital Energy Group Inc. has appointed The Honorable La Doris (Dot) Harris as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer and CEO for its subsidiary, Orbital Solar Services (OSS).

Hon. Harris has more than 30 yr of leadership and executive management experience in both the private and public sectors. Hon. Harris served as Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, which included the role of Chief Diversity Officer at the DOE during President Barack Obama’s administration. Throughout her career, Hon. Harris has held positions ranging from engineer to corporate officer. She was an executive at General Electric (GE), leading several of its Energy and Industrial Systems businesses. Previously, Hon. Harris was the first African American female officer at ABB Inc. She also spent 12 yr with Westinghouse Electric, where she was named the youngest African American manager in the history of its Nuclear Services division.

Hon. Harris holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina, an MS degree in technology management from Southern Polytechnic University, and holds honorary PhDs from Chicago State University and Clark Atlanta University.

La Doris Harris


Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. has promoted Milton Coleman to Senior Vice President of sales and marketing. Mr. Coleman has 30 yr of experience in the automation industry, and previously held the position of VP of sales at the company. In his new role, Mr. Coleman will focus on improving alignment between sales and marketing.

Before joining Mitsubishi Electric Automation, he spent 23 yr at Bosch Rexroth. He started his career as a product specialist and application engineer for the linear motion group, and assumed roles with increasing responsibility including Product Manager, Distribution Sales Manager, and Manager of sales and product management.

In 2010, Mr. Coleman moved to the position of Regional Sales Manager for factory automation, where he added Bosch Rexroth electric drives, controls and servos to his product portfolio. In 2012, he assumed the role of Regional VP of sales. In this position, he led a team of sales and application engineers focused on factory automation and hydraulic technologies and developed successful growth strategies for key accounts in the northeast, southeast and southwest regions.

Milton Coleman


AMETEK Land, a world leader in high accuracy, non-contact temperature measurement systems, has appointed Jesper Kristiansen as its Senior Director of global sales. In his new role, Mr. Kristiansen will have full responsibility for leading AMETEK Land's commercial strategies, working with the global sales teams to maintain its market-leading position in metals and power markets. He will also have the goal of accelerating growth in the glass, hydrocarbon, and industrial processing markets.

The appointment is part of an organizational change that will see the Directors of sales in America and Asia, and all European Regional Sales Managers, report directly to this new position.

A member of the AMETEK team for 17 yr, Mr. Kristiansen has held a variety of sales and marketing management roles and was most recently Director of global sales for the AMETEK Sensor Test & Calibration. He has a degree in business studies from The Esbjerg Business Academy, Denmark, and lives in Hareskovby, north of the Danish capital Copenhagen, with his family. He will report directly to Justin Smith, Divisional Vice President/Business Unit Manager of AMETEK Land.

Jesper Kristiansen


Servomex, a world leader in gas analysis, has appointed Anoulak Elfassi as Regional Sales Manager for France and Africa. Mr. Elfassi will manage sales relationships for Servomex’s Industrial Process & Emissions (IP&E) division, covering customers based in power generation, hydrocarbon processing and emissions monitoring markets, as well as manage critical relationships with contractors, system integrators and procurement houses.

An experienced manager, Mr. Elfassi’s previous roles include sales management for a gas chromatograph manufacturer; business development for temperature, humidity, CO2 rate or differential pressure monitoring and traceability devices; and, as part of his studies, positions at Airbus in France and at TRAD Tests & Radiations in the U.S.

Highly educated in the theory and application of analytical measurements, Mr. Elfassi holds an MS degree in applied physics, with a specialization in instrumentation innovative smart systems, and a specialized Masters degree in industrial businesses (MSIAI).

He will work alongside Stephane Barret, Regional Sales Manager for Servomex’s Purity & Specialty division, which serves the industrial gas, medical gas and semiconductor markets in France and Africa.

Anoulak Elfassi


ParFab Companies, a U.S.-based, global leader in turnaround, general mechanical, fired heater, reformer and fabrication services, has made several appointments across its leadership team and board of directors that will enhance the company's execution of its strategic initiatives and growth strategy. Jay A. Smith has joined ParFab as its Chief Financial Officer, and Robert Kent, Mike McGinnis, and Chris Swinbank have been appointed to the ParFab board of directors.

As CFO, Mr. Smith will accelerate ParFab's business goals and continue to build upon its strong financial foundation. With more than 20 yr of international and domestic leadership experience, he understands the importance of developing and implementing business strategies globally to improve revenue streams. Most recently, Mr. Smith held the position of CFO and Executive Operational Leader at Xcaliber Intl., where he collaborated with the board of directors to establish business objectives, future revenue growth strategies and operational excellence. He has also held general manager, finance and controller roles at OSECO Inc. and Delphi Automotive.

Mr. Kent is a seasoned industrials professional. His extensive knowledge of the industry and operations will enable ParFab to continuously improve its safe and effective execution of projects. Mr. Kent serves as President of REK Energy, an independent consulting company specializing in downstream refining, renewable fuels and petrochemicals. Previously, he served in many roles at CITGO Petroleum Corp., most recently as the Executive Vice President, Refining, and in prior engineering, management and technical roles across Koch Industries and Chevron Corp. Mr. Kent also sits on the boards of Tor Minerals and Sinclair Oil Corp.

Mike McGinnis is an experienced board member and senior advisor who will leverage his past experiences in spearheading organizations to operate to their fullest potential, ensuring ParFab continues to provide its customers with safe, high-quality solutions while maintaining operational excellence. Mr. McGinnis previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Brock Group, a leading provider of industrial specialty services. He held prior executive positions across a variety of companies, including B&G Crane Service, and XServ (which was acquired by Brock Group in 2007), among others. Mr. McGinnis has extensive board experience, dating back more than 25 yr, and holds board memberships in Platform Partners LLC and The Taurus Group. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.

Chris Swinbank is a distinguished business leader who brings a diverse perspective that will support ParFab in enhancing its environmental excellence and position the company to exceed industry standards. Mr. Swinbank previously served as Chief Executive Officer and board member of NRC Group, a global provider of environmental, compliance and waste management services. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Sprint Energy Services and in executive roles as Founder and CEO of Triton Oilfield Services and Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Sprint Industrial Holdings, d/b/a Tidal Tank and Sprint Safety. Mr. Swinbank also serves on the board of Loan Star Disposal LP.




The Board of Directors of HOERBIGER Holding AG, Zug, Switzerland, has appointed Wolfgang Sautter as a member of the executive board and Chief Executive Officer of the company’s Strategic Business Unit Compression Technology. Mr. Sautter succeeds Udo Bauer, who has resigned from his position.

Mr. Sautter began his career at HOERBIGER in May 2017 as Head of the Compressor Service Division, where he played a key role in successfully advancing the company’s global service business. Before joining HOERBIGER, he managed various sales and management responsibilities at Voith Turbo in Germany and the U.S., most recently as the Senior Vice President of Service for Voith Turbo.

Rafael Bacher has been appointed Head of Sales and Product Management. Mr. Sautter's previous position as Head of Sales and Product Management of the Strategic Business Unit Compression Technology will be taken over by Mr. Bacher.

Mr. Bacher was most recently Head of Service Area Europe and Middle East & Africa for HOERBIGER and was responsible for implementing successful service strategies in both regions. In this position, he developed a strong service team and played a key role in driving forward advancements focused on customer benefits.

Wolfgang Sautter                                                         Rafael Bacher


NDT Global has appointed Trevor MacFarlane to the role of President. Mr. MacFarlane previously served as the President and CEO of Dynamic Risk, a company acquired by NDT Global's parent company, Eddyfi/NDT, in March of 2021.

He spent 20 yr at Dynamic Risk in engineering, business development and leadership roles, helping to drive the company to new heights. Mr. MacFarlane previously spent 7 yr at TransCanada Pipelines, now TC Energy, giving him significant exposure to the operational and financial needs of pipeline operators.

In his new role, Mr. MacFarlane will be focused on expanding the company’s technology leading product portfolio, improving its ability to quickly bring new technologies to market, enhancing and building client relationships, and ensuring that the company is agile and responsive to client needs. In addition, he will drive efforts to enhance company culture, ensuring positive perception by employees and customers alike.

He holds BS and MS degrees in materials and metallurgical engineering from Queens University.

Trevor MacFarlane


Wood has appointed Ken Gilmartin as new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the latest member of the company’s executive leadership team. Mr. Gilmartin joins Wood as a direct replacement for existing COO, Dave Stewart, who will retire at the end of the year following an illustrious 25-yr career at Wood.

As part of his new role, Mr. Gilmartin will assume responsibility for execution excellence, operational assurance, and optimizing and digitalizing the way Wood delivers work to its global client base. He will also lead the recently formed Operational Committee and build on the strong momentum in place as part of the strategic focus on building a consistent, high-quality way of working across Wood.

Ken Gilmartin


XRG Technologies has made two key hires: Derrik Totty as Project Engineer, and Adam Henderson as Senior Application Engineer. 

Mr. Totty has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University and is working on his MS degree in engineering management at Arkansas State University. He has been in the fired equipment industry for more than 14 yr and will focus on project engineering and management.

Mr. Henderson earned an MS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tulsa and has 19 yr of oil and gas engineering experience. His new role includes sales, process design and application engineering.  

XRG Technologies is an engineering and procurement firm specializing in fired equipment for the refining, petrochemical and power markets.


The HOERBIGER board of directors has appointed Dr. Thorsten Kahlert as CEO and Chairman of the executive board, succeeding Dr. Jürgen Zeschky, who will retire at the end of 2021.

Dr. Kahlert joined HOERBIGER in April 2017 as Head of the Safety Division. Previously, he worked for 13 yr for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in various positions and countries. In addition to safety, Dr. Kahlert was responsible for several other divisions at HOERBIGER in the following years, including rotary solutions, engine, automotive hydraulics and electronics. He has been a member of the HOERBIGER executive board since August 2019.

After six years of successful work for the HOERBIGER Group, Dr. Zeschky will retire at the end of 2021. He joined HOERBIGER at the beginning of 2016. Under his leadership, the strategic business units and divisions were successfully realigned. Together with his team, he played a very significant role in the focused and economically sound positioning that has strengthened HOERBIGER for the future. This period also included the successful acquisition of Deublin and the establishment of the rotary solutions division, as well as the excellent management of the effects of the COVID crisis on HOERBIGER.

To ensure a smooth handover, Dr. Kahlert will assume his new role as early as October 1, 2021. Dr. Zeschky will continue to be fully available to the HOERBIGER Group during the transition phase until December 31, 2021.

Dr. Thorsten Kahlert 


S&B welcomes Sam Mavalwalla to the S&B family of companies, where he will serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) reporting to Sandy Lee, SVP of Project Services. Mr. Mavalwalla joins S&B from Just Energy, where he served as CIO and VP of business intelligence before that. While at Just Energy, he led a global team of IT professionals and directed its technology transformation to modernize the organization’s core infrastructure and critical applications.

As Chief Information Officer at S&B, he will oversee the strategic direction of information technology for the S&B family of companies and seek opportunities for technologic advancement in S&B’s EPC capabilities. 

Mr. Mavalwalla has more than 15 years of experience in information management and systems, and holds a BS degree from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Sam Mavalwalla


ICR Integrity (ICR), a leading global provider of specialist maintenance and integrity solutions, has promoted Alan McQuade to Group Managing Director.

Mr. McQuade joined the company in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer and has played a pivotal role in developing the company’s strategy for the global energy market laterally as Chief Financial and Strategy Officer.

His promotion coincides with Chief Executive, Willie Rennie, moving into a consultancy role as he steps down from his position to pursue other interests. 

Alan McQuade


Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries’ Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group, a subsidiary of Nikkiso Co. Ltd. (Japan), has appointed Etan Hon as Product Manager of Turbo Aftermarket Services (AMS) for the Nikkiso Cryogenic Services unit (NCS).

This addition to its management team supports the Group’s objectives to further grow their AMS for turboexpanders. The Turbo All Brands line will also expand to support and service more brands, including ACD, Rotoflow, Atlas Copco, and Cryostar among others.

Etan received a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He began his career by providing oilfield services to customers within the oil and gas industry in Texas working for Schlumberger and Baker Hughes. In 2017, he joined ACD LLC as a Field Service Manager. After the acquisition by Nikkiso in 2019, he transitioned into the role of Service Manager of Turbo AMS for NCS and helped move the ACD Turbo AMS division into a new facility in Irvine, California. He helped re-develop the standards and processes with the international service centers for the Turbo AMS in Irvine. The new structure has created a successful operating business locally and will ensure proper support to the Turbo AMS team globally.

Nikkiso Cryogenic Services provides service and support globally, including locations in Malaysia, Germany, India, Australia, Taiwan and China, as well as six locations in North America.

Etan Hon


Orbital Energy Group Inc. has appointed Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton and former National Security Agency (NSA) Chief Information Officer, La Forrest Williams, to its board of directors. Following the appointments, the board has been expanded to 10 directors, seven of whom are independent.

Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, widely recognized as a “legendary educator,” came from humble beginnings in rural western Kentucky. The daughter of a union coal miner and a domestic worker, she rose to become an iconic, internationally acclaimed educator and lecturer. Dr. Thornton is annually recognized as one of the 50 most influential people in Northeast Ohio. During her tenure as President of Cuyahoga Community College, the college became a leader in educational innovation, workforce training and economic development. Her many leadership activities include working to help develop the community college concept in the Netherlands, China, United Kingdom, Jordan and Qatar.

Dr. Thornton’s board service has included membership on the boards of Applied Industrial Technologies Inc., National City Bank, Bridgestreet Worldwide Inc., Republic Powdered Metals Inc., American Family Insurance, FirstEnergy Corporation, Office Max, Barnes and Noble Education Inc., and Parkwood Corporation. In addition, she has served as co-chair of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, on the board of visitors of the Marine Corps University, and on the Community College Advisory Board of Dynamic Campus, among others. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Diverse Champions Award, in recognition of her exemplary leadership of Tri-C through an era of unprecedented change and growth while exemplifying the principles of diversity and inclusion in all facets of her tenure.

Mr. Williams is a 30+ year retired Air Force colonel and defense intelligence senior executive. Along with being a highly-respected communications commander and pilot, he helped implement information assurance and computer security practices for the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and America’s global partners. Following his distinguished Air Force career, Mr. Williams served as the NSA’s Chief Information Officer, Deputy Director of legislative affairs and Assistant Director information assurance operations, Foreign Affairs Directorate for NSA in support of the United States Department of Defense.

Mr. Williams received his BS degree from San Jose State University and his MS degree in science and information technology from American University, Washington, DC. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Williams taught at the National War College, instructing senior Department of Defense and State Department leaders, and visiting international leaders from 23 nations. Leaders in this advanced degree program earned an MS degree in national security strategy. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies at Howard University.


S&B has named Jeff Sipes as its Chief Commercial Officer. In this newly created role, Mr. Sipes will have responsibility for the commercial development and strategy of the S&B family of companies.

Mr. Sipes joins S&B from Bechtel, where he served as Principal Vice President and Manager of global business development focused on strategic planning, customer relationships and exploration of new global markets. He also served on Bechtel’s operating committee.

He began his career with the engineering and construction firm Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I). Throughout his more than 30-yr career, Mr. Sipes has served in project management, business development and leadership roles globally with extensive experience in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a BS degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University. In 2010, he was elected to the Texas Tech Civil Engineering Academy and served as an ambassador for the university’s International Experience Program.

Reporting to Brookshire and J.D. Slaughter, President of S&B, Mr. Sipes will be responsible for commercial development and strategy across the S&B family of companies: S&B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd, S&B Infrastructure, S&B Plant Services, Ltd, S&B Fabrication Services and Ford, Bacon & Davis.

Jeff Sipes


Galileo Compression USA has added Randy Larkin to its team of industry professionals as the Vice President of sales. With more than 35 yr of diverse experience in oil and gas midstream and energy services in technical, business development and executive management roles, Mr. Larkin will play an instrumental role in supporting the growth of sales and distribution of the company’s value-added suite of compression solutions that utilize the highest quality standards and latest technology.

Galileo Compression USA was officially launched in April 2021 by Galileo Technologies, which has been operating in the U.S. for more than 10 yr in various segments of the energy industry outside of compression leasing.

Mr. Larkin previously served as President of LHF Midstream Partners, where he built a service organization to support several midstream operators to optimize large-horsepower compression stations. Prior to LHF, he served as VP of business development and engineering for E2 Energy Services, a former affiliate of Enlink Midstream, where he was responsible for commercial development and execution of midstream projects in the Permian and Marcellus shale plays. Mr. Larkin Randy holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas.

Randy Larkin


Sundyne, a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission critical pumps and compressors, has named Mary Zappone as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ms. Zappone succeeds Mark Sefcik, who is transitioning to President of the Sundyne Products business unit.

Ms. Zappone has more than 20 years of experience leading and growing industrial companies in sectors including industrial services, chemicals, energy infrastructure, industrial manufacturing, distribution and equipment rental. Most recently, she was the CEO and Board Member of Brace Industrial Group, a national provider of specialty industrial construction services. Prior to Brace, Ms. Zappone was the President and CEO of Service Champ, the largest specialty distributor of consumable automotive aftermarket maintenance parts and accessories. She has served as President and CEO of RecoverCare, a leading national provider of medical equipment and was President of Alcoa’s Oil & Gas products business. In addition, she has held several leadership positions at Tyco, General Electric, McKinsey & Co. and Exxon.

Mary Zappone


Airswift has made a senior strategic appointment as it diversifies into the IT and technology sectors. Albert Kahlow, formally Regional Director Canada and Global Head of Sustainability, has been promoted to Global Sales Director, IT and Technology.

Mr. Kahlow will lead Airswift’s new IT and technology division to meet the growing demand for advanced technology skills in specific areas such as AI and automation across a range of sectors. Based in Dubai, he will have access to key tech hubs within Canada, North America, Australasia and Europe, while being central to Middle East’s burgeoning tech scene. As well as supporting existing clients with sourcing the best IT and tech talent, Airswift will be expanding its workforce solutions into areas such as Fintech, Medtech, cloud and infrastructure, IoT, robotics and software engineering.

Airswift is investing heavily in its own technology to enrich its offerings and enable sustainable growth of this new division. Mr. Kahlow will be working with regional directors and VPs across the business with the ambition to grow the practice into one of Airswift’s core markets as digitalization sweeps across key areas such as energy and mining.  

Albert Kahlow


A new management team is to take over operational business of the company; the shareholders continue to be exclusively members of the Philipp family.

With effect from July 1, 2021, the shareholder restructuring of the management of the company group is complete. The new team now consists of CEO Jörg de la Motte and CFO Dr. Michael Löbig. Managing partner Steffen Philipp is to focus on his tasks as a shareholder in the future. The previous CEO Sankar Ramakrishnan left the company at the end of June.

HIMA is an independent family company run by the fourth generation of the family. Shareholder Ingrid Philipp, nee Hildebrandt (granddaughter of the company founder), and her son Steffen Philipp wish to keep HIMA in family hands in the future and continue its expansion as a technology leader and provider of solutions in the field of functional safety.

“The new management team will ensure that HIMA continues to be a reliable partner for our customers,” says Philipp. “As shareholders we are convinced that we will continue to develop the company as an attractive employer for the next generation and for our employees.”

With effect from July 1, 2021, Jörg de la Motte will be taking over as CEO and Dr. Michael Löbig as CFO. Both worked for many years for companies with long traditions and have international experience in the field. They will continue leading the HIMA Group on its successful path, increase efficiency, secure profitability and uphold family values at the same time. In addition, it is also important to further develop the group’s position as a global provider of solutions in the direction of customer-oriented business models.

Mr. De la Motte is an industrial engineer and was most recently employed in the Bosch Group at technology specialist Bosch Rexroth. Dr. Löbig studied business management and last worked for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

From Left to right: Steffen Philipp (Managing Partner), Dr. Michael Löbig (CFO), Ingrid Philipp (Shareholder), Jörg de la Motte (CEO) and Sankar Ramakrishnan (former CEO).


Global consulting and engineering company Wood has appointed Josh Carmichael as Vice President of Hydrogen to further strengthen its commitment to accelerating the global energy transition and providing the blend of technical solutions required to deliver a net-zero future. To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and, in anticipation of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), many of the world’s largest economies and leading companies are transitioning to a more sustainable energy system using clean energy sources including hydrogen.

In this newly created role, Mr. Carmichael will lead Wood’s global hydrogen drive, working with clients, industry partners and government authorities to develop the growing hydrogen sector. Working closely with colleagues based in key hydrogen markets, he will bring together Wood’s existing hydrogen expertise to position the company as a partner of choice for developing strategic and impactful hydrogen projects around the world.

Mr. Carmichael brings extensive knowledge of hydrogen, having held several senior positions, most recently with Transdev in the Netherlands and the South Australian Government, where he developed its green hydrogen investment roadmap.

Josh Carmichael


Materia Inc., a leading supplier of high-performance thermoset polymers and resins, has named Cliff Post as President and CEO, effective July 1. Mr. Post succeeds Chris Murphy, who will retire and join the board of directors and serve as Chairperson of the business development Committee. 

Mr. Post joined Materia in 2015 as the VP of business development, where he was responsible for sales and business development activities and overseeing customer relationships and market channel partnerships, as well as research and development, process technology and the company's resin production activities. Previously, he served Director of R&D at Praxair and General Manager of Rodgard, a polymer solutions and composites division of TOTAL, SA.

Mr. Post received his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an Executive MBA Short Course with TOTAL, SA. He holds five patents and has seven journal publications.


Servomex, a global expert in gas analysis, has boosted the systems team with the appointment of Jessica Thompson as Global Project Manager – Systems.

Based at Servomex’s U.S. business center in Houston, Texas, Ms. Thompson will be responsible for the successful management and delivery of Servomex’s gas analysis system solutions across the globe, implementing best-in-class project management processes that ensure projects are delivered on time, to specification and to budget. 

As a key member of Servomex’s Global Analytical Systems team, she will drive the delivery of medium-to-large analytical system projects. Key responsibilities will include reviewing customer specification packages and submittal requirements at the project initiation stage, and creating project schedule review metrics that support project delivery, quality and cost requirements.

Jessica Thompson


Howden Group is strengthening its commitment to the environmental hydrogen market with the appointment of Salah Mahdy in the new role of Global Director - Hydrogen.

Based in the U.K., Mr. Mahdy will lead Howden’s hydrogen business globally and develop the business by leading its hydrogen technology roadmap.

With more than 20 yr of experience in business development and technical and engineering roles, he brings impressive hydrogen expertise to the role. He has worked with leading organisations, such as Honeywell-UOP, Wolrey, AspenTech and ITM Power, and has delivered high profile projects, including one of the world’s largest green hydrogen and ammonia projects in the Middle East.


Salah Mahdy


McDermott Intl. Ltd. has named Samik Mukherjee as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this position, Mr. Mukherjee will continue to advance the company's long-term strategy through solid alignment of its service offerings to meet evolving customer needs. He previously led the company's global operations and project delivery functions as Group Senior Vice President, Projects.

Mr. Mukherjee brings nearly three decades of experience in operations, commercial and strategy across the global upstream and downstream oil and gas industry. Prior to joining McDermott in 2018, he was Executive VP of corporate development, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, digital and IT for another engineering, consulting and construction company. His career includes leadership positions in Europe, the Middle East, the Netherlands, Africa, India and France across the energy value chain, both onshore and offshore.

Mr. Mukherjee holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands and a BS degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He has also completed the Harvard Business School Executive Program on Aligning and Executing Strategy.


ValvTechnologies Inc., a manufacturer of zero-leakage severe service isolation valve solutions, has named Juliana Herman as Director of Global Marketing.

Ms. Herman is responsible for the development and deployment of ValvTechnologies' marketing strategy, product and brand management, marketing programs, communication campaigns, and market analysis on a global basis.

Most recently, she served as Senior Product Marketing Manager for Emerson with responsibility for pneumatic valve actuation products. Previously, she was Director of marketing and sales at Dynamic Air Shelters, Manager of market analysis at Cameron Valves & Measurement, and Senior Market Analyst at Curtiss-Wright’s Flow Control Oil & Gas Systems business.

Herman holds an MBA in marketing and international business from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, and a BS degree in clothing and textiles from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University.

Juliana Herman


Orbital Energy Group Inc. has appointed Paul T. Addison as an Independent Director of the company, effective immediately. Mr. Addison’s appointment expands the board to eight directors, five of whom are independent directors.

Before his retirement, Mr. Addison was Managing Director of the utilities department at Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup). In that role, Mr. Addison served in several positions, including Senior Credit Officer and Managing Director in the firm’s energy and utilities department. His executive positions maximized his expertise in utilities, at the intersection of investment banking and the financial services sector. Mr. Addison retired from Salomon Smith Barney in 2002, and now contributes his leadership and extensive experience in finance toward his board representation and community endeavors.

He is a former Director of FirstEnergy Corp., where he served as independent director, Chairman of the finance committee and member of the audit committee as a designated financial expert. He now serves as Trustee and Treasurer of Maimonides Medical Center, a non-profit and non-sectarian hospital located in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Addison graduated from Howard University with a BA degree in political science and economics and holds an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

Paul T. Addison


MHI Compressor International Corporation (MCO-I), a leader in the design and manufacture of compressors, drive turbines, gear boxes and their control systems, has appointed Jun Fukuda as its new president and CEO. He succeeds Manabu Saga, who has returned to Hiroshima as an advisor for MCO.

Mr. Fukuda joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) in 1987 and has served in various management roles for both MHI and MCO. In 2014, he was appointed Deputy General Manager, global marketing and sales division, where he was in charge of the Hiroshima division in Japan. From 2017, he served as Executive Vice President, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc., before returning to Hiroshima as Director of MCO since 2018.  

Mr. Fukuda’s leadership expertise brings a wealth of knowledge to the MCO-I Pearland Work’s facility, as he demonstrates efforts to increase the North American turbomachinery footprint and expand upon current after sales capabilities to capture more market share.

Jun Fukuda


Vanni Vignoli has been elected as the 30th President of Europump, the European pump industry association. In an historic first, and in keeping with other such COVID-induced adaptations, the election was undertaken digitally as part of the association’s Virtual General Assembly.

An engineer in the pump sector for more than 20 yr, Vignoli has held various positions with Italian pump manufacturer, Caprari, best known for its centrifugal pumps, submersible motors and integrated solutions for water systems. Most recently, as its Head of corporate marketing, he has been responsible for both strategic and product marketing activities, while coordinating several businesses within the Caprari suite of companies. However, he will now hold the position of Research and Development Director.

As the current Chairman of the marketing commission and Second Vice President of Assopompe, Europump’s Italian association member, Vignoli has served Europump for many years. Initially as a guest to various meetings and then as a delegate, he became Chairman of the SME commission, and a member of the executive council before his election as First Vice President in 2019, at the General Assembly held in Naples.

Vanni Vignoli succeeds Dr. Sönke Brodersen, Global Executive Officer Committees and Associations at KSB SE & Co. KGaA and Chairman of VDMA Pumps+Systems, the German pump manufacturer association. Sönke has been a member of Europump’s Executive Council since 2005 and served as the association’s President between 2011 and 2013, being re-elected in 2019.

As part of the same election process, Luboš Michlik, Sales Director of Sigma Group and representative of CPMA (the Czech Pump manufacturers association) was elevated to the position of First Vice President, having previously held the role of Second Vice President for the past 2 yr. Additionally, Alexandre Lacour, President of SOMEFLU and representative of EVOLIS (the French pump manufacturers association), was elected to succeed Luboš as Second Vice President.

Vanni Vignoli


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA), a 100% subsidiary of industrial manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has appointed Michael Sicker as President of its Oil & Gas Division. He succeeds Hiroaki Osaki, who has retired from his role as President but continues to serve as Chairman of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corp., Japan.

MHIA’s Oil & Gas Division creates synergies within MHI Group’s product portfolio, providing a one-stop solution for LNG turbomachinery, engineering, digitalization and R&D solutions. In parallel to his new role as President, Sicker will continue to serve as MHIA’s Global Account Manager for ExxonMobil, responsible for integrating solutions that maximize customer value.

Sicker, who has served in various senior management positions in the oil and gas industry, has worked for several Mitsubishi Group companies throughout his 30-yr career, playing critical roles in the formation of MHI’s Tire Machinery division in Ohio and most recently MHI Compressor International Corporation’s Texas manufacturing and service facility.

Sicker holds an MS degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University, as well as an MBA from Akron University.

Michael Sicker


Nelson Ferries has joined energy infrastructure company Nueces Midstream LLC as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.

As EVP of Strategy and Business Development, Ferries will oversee corporate growth strategies and all business development activities. He has 39 yr of experience in the oil and gas business with areas of focus being E&P, natural gas, NGLs and crude marketing. Prior to joining Nueces, Ferries served as Managing Director for BP Energy’s Producer Services Group from 2003–2020. During his tenure with BP Energy, Ferries was responsible for supply aggregation and business development activity around producers and midstream companies in the Gulf Coast and Midcontinent regions. Prior to 2003, he held various operational, commercial, trading and transportation positions with Chevron, Columbia Energy Services, Enron and Tractebel. Ferries earned a BS degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M – Kingsville and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Nelson Ferries


KP Engineering (KPE), a leader in designing, executing and delivering customized EPC solutions for the refining, syngas and hydrogen and renewable fuels industries, has promoted DeLome Fair to Principal Process Engineer. She will be tasked with expanding KPE’s leadership role in syngas and hydrogen plant design and execution.

Fair, who will be based in KPE’s Houston office, will be responsible for the growth of the company’s syngas and hydrogen business. During her nearly 30-yr career, Fair has been responsible for more than 30 syngas, hydrogen and gasification projects. She has led design and startup teams and has performed technical services for several of these. At KPE, Fair has already taken significant design responsibility on a 9000-bd renewable diesel unit and the lead role on 45-MMscfd and 87-MMscfd hydrogen plant projects. Prior to KPE, Fair served as President and CEO of Synthesis Energy Systems Inc., which focused on commercializing, licensing and deploying new syngas production technology, in various syngas-related leadership roles for the General Electric Co., and as a lead engineer in Texaco’s syngas, hydrogen and power businesses.

Fair holds an MS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas and is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

DeLome Fair


Scott Drury, CEO of Southern California Gas Co., has been elected to serve as a member of GTI’s board of directors. As CEO of SoCalGas, and previously as President of San Diego Gas & Electric, Drury gained extensive experience in modernizing the energy grid to enhance safety and reliability, while providing customers with increasingly sustainable energy choices and creating long-term value for all stakeholders. As a current member of the board of directors at the American Gas Association, Drury is uniquely poised to drive industry collaboration.


As the oil, gas and chemicals industries adapt to transitions in the market, Burns & McDonnell has made key leadership promotions. The Oil, Gas and Chemical group of Burns & McDonnell has promoted five individuals to expand services and capabilities.

Andrew Becker has been promoted to Technical and Strategic Adviser for the Oil, Gas & Chemical Group, working to streamline the firm’s strategic focus for future growth. Becker will provide his technical, strategic and market knowledge to the managing directors as well as other internal and external stakeholders. With almost 15 yr of industry experience, Becker has provided unique insight across all oil, gas and chemical market sectors, bringing innovation to many of the firm’s most significant projects and clients. Becker has been at the forefront of new and novel technology application development within the firm’s process engineering group. He was also named as the industry’s “Most Promising Engineer” by Hydrocarbon Processing in 2020.

Andrew Becker

Meaghan McCaffrey has been promoted to Managing Director of Renewables and Emerging Markets, spearheading the Oil, Gas & Chemical Group’s focus on renewable solutions. As a cornerstone of the firm’s renewable efforts, she will lead the oil, gas and chemical group in the growing renewables market. McCaffrey will also play an integral role supporting clients as they seek a viable connection between new and evolving technologies across traditional markets. With almost 15 yr of industry experience, McCaffrey focuses on identifying and proposing innovative renewable project solutions.

Meaghan McCaffrey

Kevin Syphard has been promoted to Managing Director of the Chemicals Market Sector, providing dynamic business and technical solutions to clients in the petrochemical and chemical markets. With more than 25 yr of leadership experience for EPC chemical projects, Syphard is ideally positioned to expand and diversify the firm’s resume in the industry. His background spans refining, petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and renewable energy markets, with a heavy focus on technology transfer and early-phase project development across a broad range of chemical technologies. He has been responsible for all phases of engineering projects and has been integral in petrochemical and chemical market development globally.

Kevin Syphard

Jason Hetherington has been promoted to Managing Director of Logistics and Midstream, where he will focus on expanding the firm’s midstream, logistics and storage business. In this new role, he leads a team engaged in large-volume storage and transportation projects for petroleum-based products. With more than 16 yr of experience executing midstream, logistics, consumer products and refining projects, Hetherington has a proven track-record of leading successful EPC projects. He is known for leading streamlined, fast-track projects that have consistently been on time and within budget.

Jason Hetherington

Dave Nispel has been promoted to Managing Director of Refining. With dedication to and an emphasis on predictable project execution, Nispel has played an essential role in creating a strong refining business within the Oil, Gas & Chemical Group. He will continue to help clients in the refining space incorporate margin enhancing and renewable solutions. With almost 30 yr in the refining and chemical space, Nispel’s experience spans developing and building strong client relationships, strategic planning, business development, process engineering and project management for numerous projects in refining, chemicals, agribusiness, and food and consumer products projects.

Dave Nispel


XRG Technologies, a fired equipment engineering firm located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has hired Joe Tleimat as a Senior Principal Engineer. Tleimat has spent 39 years providing engineering support in the refining industry, focused on fired equipment. He has supported owner-operators as a Fired Equipment SME for Valero, Chevron and ARCO, and spent time at Tulsa Heaters and John Zink.

Joe Tleimat


Dr. Willem Sederel has joined the Synova board of directors. The appointment of Dr. Sederel follows Synova’s recently announced strategic alliance with Technip Energies and is part of Synova’s plan to partner with companies and individuals with relevant industry expertise and delivery capability to accelerate the full potential of their promising technology.

He began his career with Shell Research in Amsterdam and spent 26 yr with General Electric, which culminated in the position of Director of Chemistry for GE Corporate and Chief Technology Officer of Polycarbonate for GE Plastics. When SABIC acquired GE Plastics in 2007, he maintained global leadership of polycarbonate technology for two more years and then became Global Innovation Leader.

Since retiring in 2013, Dr. Sederel has been active in advancing the biobased circular economy and now serves as Chairman of the Dutch entity Circular Biobased Delta. This triple helix organization aims to accelerate the feedstock transition by biobased routes and circular solutions, such as those developed by Synova. Since early 2020 he has been a member of the advisory board of Biorizon, the shared research center for the development of bio-aromatics, and a member of the advisory board of Cluster Industrial Biotechnology (CLIB) in Dusseldorf (Germany).

Dr. Willem Sederel


Motion Industries Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, and a provider of industrial technology solutions, has promoted Jim May to Director of Corporate Development. 

Mr. May joined Motion in August 2020 as Director of Strategic Planning and Development to advance the company’s corporate strategic planning, provide economic, industry and competitor analyses, and support deal-side acquisition execution and integration processes. In his new role, he will continue his involvement in Motion’s strategic planning, but will take on direct responsibility for advancing the company’s acquisition strategy and processes. Mr. May will continue to report directly to Greg Cook, Motion Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Before joining Motion last year, Mr. May built 20 years of corporate development experience, including positions with Diebold Nixdorf and most recently Chart Industries, a mid-cap multinational public company, where he led global strategic planning and merger and acquisition (M&A) functions. He holds a BS degree in finance from the University of Akron. 

Jim May


Global integrated logistics and materials management company, ASCO, has appointed Craig Revie as General Manager of its specialist lifting division, NSL.

Joining ASCO in 2018 as head of Marine Services, Revie led initiatives in vessel monitoring, marine coordination and vessel sharing, before taking on the role of UK Business Development and Energy Transition Manager. His expertise in cross-sector market development and growth will be applied to his latest role, as he builds upon NSL’s 30+ years of lifting expertise, guidance and competency development.

With facilities in Aberdeen, Scotland and Houston, Texas dedicated to making lifting operations safer, highly compliant and cost-effective, NSL services an international client base. It provides specialist technical assurance and assistance, as well as integrated project and onsite operational support across the UK, Caribbean, West and North Africa and the Middle East.

Craig Revie


Motion Industries Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, has named Aurelio Banda as the company’s new Group Vice President of Automation. 

Mr. Banda most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PHD Inc., a global manufacturer of electric, pneumatic and hydraulic industrial automation actuators of various types. Prior to leading PHD Inc., he served as President and CEO – North America for Beckhoff Automation, a global manufacturer of industrial PCs, software, hardware and a variety of other products. 

Mr. Banda was also the owner and President and CEO of Controls Plus Inc., an automation distributor in Indiana. Additionally, he served as VP Sales and Regional Sales Manager for Motion Automation Inc., and a Regional Sales Manager for Bosch Rexroth’s Electronic Controls & Drives. 

A graduate of DeVry University with a degree in applied science in electronics, Mr. Banda furthered his education with an MBA in finance and operations from Notre Dame and completed Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.

Aurelio Banda


Cornelius Weitzmann, current member of the board of management of Voith Turbo, will be appointed President and CEO of Voith Turbo and member of the corporate board of management of the Voith Group effective June 1, 2021. He succeeds Dr. Uwe Knotzer, who is leaving the company.

Mr. Weitzmann joined Voith in 2007. Since 2009, he has served as Managing Director of Voith Paper in Wisconsin, U.S. In 2011, he was named President, Fabric and Roll Systems (FRS) EMEA. Since April 2015, he has been a member of the board of management of Voith Turbo, responsible for the Power, Oil and Gas Division, before he took over the management of the Mobility Division in June 2016.

Mr. Weitzmann studied industrial engineering in Karlsruhe and Seville, after which he worked for a German management consultancy from 2002.

Cornelius Weitzmann


Global pipeline solutions provider T.D. Williamson (TDW) has named Director of integrity solutions Mike Kirkwood as President of the board of directors of the Pigging Products and Services Association (PPSA).

Founded in 1990, the PPSA is an international trade association serving the pipeline industry that aims to promote technical knowledge of pigging and its related products and services to its 120 members from all over the world.

As board President of PPSA, Dr. Kirkwood will spearhead several new initiatives, including online events and other programming. He is the second person from TDW to hold this position with PPSA. Chuck Harris, then Manager of strategic commercialization, was PPSA president in 2017.

Dr. Kirkwood is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) as well as a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). He studied at the University of Liverpool (UK), where he received his BS degree of engineering and PhD in pipeline integrity. Dr. Kirkwood received his MBA from the University of Newcastle (UK). 

Dr. Mike Kirkwood


ROSEN (UK) has promoted Senior Corrosion Engineer and Chair of the Young Pipeline Professional Europe (YPPE), Marguerite Forde, to Integrity Solutions Specialist and Sales Manager, focusing on the UK and Ireland. The role will play an integral part in growing the business’s integrity service offering both on and offshore.

Ms. Forde brings with her a decade of corrosion engineering experience and has worked for ROSEN (previously MACAW Engineering) since 2011. Her experience and expertise in internal and external corrosion consultancy, as well as wider operator and service provider asset care requirements, will allow customers to access the right knowledge and understanding for their unique integrity solutions.

She is also a founding member of the YPPE and was recently elected to Chair of the organization. YPPE is a group of young professionals working within the pipeline industry that aims to promote knowledge sharing and ensure the longevity of the industry, including addressing the skills shortage and developing the next generation. 

Marguerite Forde


Yokogawa has promoted industrial automation leader, Kevin McMillen, to President and CEO of the company’s North American business. Mr. McMillen will strategically align efforts to drive a stronger sustainability focus, working with a range of industries toward the company’s goals of achieving net zero emissions, ensuring the well-being of people and transitioning to a circular economy.

Mr. McMillen brings deep experience in industrial automation, control and digital transformation to further develop Yokogawa’s 60-yr old North American business. In North America, Yokogawa’s “innovate forward” philosophy anticipates and solves tomorrow’s challenges through an expansive industrial automation and digitalization portfolio consisting of state-of-the-art measurement, control and optimization products and services.

Since 2016, Mr. McMillen has served as VP of System Sales for North America. He received his B.B.A in management and accounting from Marshall University.

Kevin McMillen


Indorama Ventures (IVL) has named Kim Hoyt as the new Site Director for the company’s Integrated Oxides and Derivatives (IOD) plant in Port Neches, Texas. As Site Director, Ms. Hoyt will drive Indorama’s internal initiatives to improve operational excellence and capabilities, in addition to ensuring the safety and compliance of the Port Neches Operations site.

Prior to her recent promotion, Ms. Hoyt served as the Lead Project Management Officer, where she led several improvement projects across the Port Neches site. With more than 33 yr of industry experience working with Indorama, Huntsman and Texaco Chemical, she has demonstrated leadership and delivered continued success in her past roles.

Ms. Hoyt first joined the Port Neches team in 1998 as an Operations Superintendent and over the years has served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility. During her time at Port Neches, she has been instrumental in leading several site-wide initiatives to improve environmental health and safety performance, operational and equipment effectiveness, implementing new technologies and software applications, driving work-flow improvements and reducing site costs.

She is a chemical engineer and earned her BS degree from The Ohio State University.


Motion Industries Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, has promoted James Howe to Executive VP—eCommerce, Sales Excellence, Strategic Pricing and Corporate Accounts; and Joe Limbaugh to Executive VP—Supply Chain, Operations Support, Marketing and Enterprise Excellence, effective April 1, 2021.

Mr. Howe most recently served as SVP—eCommerce, Sales Excellence and Strategic Pricing—and has recently taken on additional responsibilities of the company’s Corporate Accounts group. He has been with Motion since 2002 and has held numerous field roles, including Group Executive for the West Group. In recent years, Mr. Howe has led the strategy and development of all aspects of Motion’s digital strategy, including the new Motion.com website released last year. He has also transformed Motion’s pricing strategy, delivering immediate and consistent impact across all aspects of the company’s business. As EVP, Mr. Howe will continue to lead in his respective areas, while also assisting in other strategic areas of the business and customer development. 

Mr. Limbaugh began his career with Motion in 1983 in Bourbonnais, Illinois. During his time with Motion, Mr. Limbaugh has held numerous field and corporate positions, giving him a unique perspective on Motion and its customers. He most recently served as SVP, responsible for Motion’s procurement and inventory, distribution center operations and productivity, branch support, facilities and lease management, and marketing strategy. In 2018, Mr. Limbaugh led the renovation of Motion’s corporate campus, finishing the project on time and under budget in late 2019. In 2020, under his leadership and guidance, Motion installed the first “goods-to-person” automated retrieval systems in the Birmingham distribution center, resulting in a 540% productivity improvement. As EVP, Mr. Limbaugh will continue to lead strategic initiatives throughout the company to improve customer service levels and increase Motion’s productivity to create additional stakeholder value.

James Howe                                                                              Joe Limbaugh


BCCK Holding Co. (BCCK), a leader in engineering, procurement, fabrication and field construction services, has appointed Brian Petko as Senior Vice President of engineering.

Mr. Petko has more than 14 yr of experience in designing, building and operating natural gas infrastructure for companies such as DCP Midstream and several small equity-backed startup companies in the midstream oil and gas sector. Mr. Petko will be located in BCCK’s office in The Woodlands, Texas and will be responsible for overseeing the innovative engineering design that underpins all of BCCK’s industry leading offerings. He holds an MS degree in chemical engineering from The Colorado School of Mines.

Brian Petko


Servomex, a global expert in gas analysis, has strengthened its global sales team with two key appointments. 

John McCormick is the new VP, Sales Americas. Based in Boston, he will be responsible for leading the entire U.S. sales team in both the Purity & Speciality (P&S) and Industrial Process & Emissions (IP&E) sectors, providing customers throughout the Americas region with the benefit of his expertise in key industrial markets. Mr. McCormick joins Servomex with 20 yr of industry experience gained at GE Parametrics, where he undertook a variety of technical and commercial roles, including Sales Director, Americas. He holds an MBA from Boston College and BS degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from Columbia University and Providence College, respectively.  

Nicholas Wilson joins Servomex in the role of Regional Sales Manager for the Purity & Specialty division. Based in Portland, Oregon, Mr. Wilson will focus on the semiconductor market. With 10 yr of industry experience, combined with a strong background in analyzers and in sales, he will help customers find the right solutions for their process. He earned a BS degree in chemistry from UC Santa Barbara.


BCCK Holding Co. (BCCK), a leader in engineering, procurement, fabrication and field construction services, has appointed Fraser McDowell as Director of strategy and business development (renewables).

Mr. McDowell will be located in BCCK’s office in The Woodlands, Texas and will be responsible for expanding BCCK’s business portfolio in the growing renewables and clean energy markets, including LNG, identifying profitable growth opportunities in support of the energy transition with a focus on technology. He has held several executive leadership roles in the last 20 yr, including Global Vice President for Weatherford International’s pipeline and specialty services group and, most recently, Vice President, business development, for energy with Chart Industries.

Mr. McDowell holds degrees in mechanical engineering and business management from Abertay University, U.K., and Robert Gordon University, U.K., respectively.

Fraser McDowell


Amy Chronis has been appointed as a Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP and leader of its oil, gas and chemicals (OG&C) sector within the U.S. energy, resources and industrials industry. She succeeds Duane Dickson, who will be retiring in May. In her new role, Ms. Chronis will lead the overall strategic direction and market eminence of the OG&C practice, as well as the go-to-market strategies for Deloitte’s key businesses, including audit and assurance, consulting, tax and risk and financial advisory services. Based in Houston, she will oversee a team of more than 3,000 professionals, who serve many of the OG&C companies on the Fortune 500. Ms. Chronis will also continue to serve as Managing Partner of Deloitte’s more than 2,400-person Houston office, the largest professional services organization in the city.

Ms. Chronis is the 2021 Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) board of directors. She also plays an active role with a number of civic organizations, including the United Way of Greater Houston, The University of Texas Accounting Advisory Council, The Ohio State University board of trustees’ audit and finance committee, Texas 2036, and the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation board. She is a past member of the National Advisory Council of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) and co-leads the Houston cohort of Deloitte’s Board Ready Women and Women on Boards programs, providing both education and a networking platform for senior women leaders and women board members in Houston.

Ms. Chronis is a licensed CPA by the state of Texas, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of CPAs. She received her BSBA degree in international studies and accounting from The Ohio State University and completed the executive program at Columbia University Business School. She was named to the Houston Business Journal’s (HBJ) Women Who Mean Business list, is an inductee to the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame and a recipient of the 2020 HBJ Most Admired CEO award.

Amy Chronis


Motion, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, has made seven recent promotions to key field management positions.

Logan Carden was named Nashville Division Vice President and will be responsible for overseeing the sales growth initiatives of 20 branches located in parts of Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama. Bill Carroll was promoted to Vice President of the new Philadelphia Division (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia), which was strategically established to serve and further the significant growth in the East Group’s territory. He will be responsible for overseeing 13 branches’ sales and guiding their market growth.

Tami DeWeese will assume leadership of the Pacific Northwest Division as its Vice President. In her new role, Ms. DeWeese will oversee the sales growth, strategy and operations of 19 branch and shop locations. Dan Pike was promoted to St. Louis Division Vice President and will be responsible for the sales growth and strategic management of 17 branch operations throughout Missouri and Arkansas. Dave Purvis was named Midwest Group Area Vice President, replacing Dan Pike in that role. Mr. Purvis will be responsible for leading the Midwest Group Corporate Accounts Team, which involves managing existing corporate account relationships and driving new growth opportunities. He will also be responsible for providing corporate account partners with Motion’s full offering of services and solutions to reduce these partners’ total cost of ownership.

Steve Kammeyer was named Area Vice President for Corporate Accounts, West Group. In his new position, he will directly engage with field personnel and leadership in creating and developing internal and external sales-driven initiatives, with a focus on corporate account customers. Lisa Solomon was promoted to Area Vice President for Corporate Accounts, Central Group, and will lead this Group’s Corporate Accounts Team. She will be responsible for enhancing existing national account relationships and driving new opportunities for growth throughout the various industry segments within the geographic area.


The American Chemistry Council (ACC), the nation’s largest trade association representing the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry, has named Kimberly Wise White, Ph.D. as its new Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs. Dr. White will step into her new role on February 22, 2021. Her appointment follows the retirement earlier this month of the department’s previous VP, Michael Walls.

Dr. White brings nearly 20 yr of scientific, product stewardship, environmental management and sustainable chemistry experience to her role. An expert in chemical risk assessment and its application to statutory, regulatory or voluntary programs, she has spent the last ten years at ACC, serving as a Senior Director within ACC’s Chemical Products and Technology Division. In that role, she has led the scientific research, regulatory advocacy and communications initiatives around specific chemistries and product sectors. Prior to joining ACC,  Dr. White served in a number of scientific advisory and environmental management positions guiding toxicology research, environmental compliance, process safety and risk management programs.

Dr. Kimberly Wise White


Maryann T. Mannen has joined Marathon Petroleum Corporation as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, succeeding retiring CFO Donald C. Templin.  

Since 2017, Ms. Mannen has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TechnipFMC, a leading global engineering services and energy technology company. From 2011–2017, she was Chief Financial Officer at FMC Technologies, prior to its merger with Technip SA, which Ms. Mannen played a key role in negotiating and executing. Before that, she served as the company's Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2010–2011 and Vice President of Administration from 2007–2010. Prior to joining FMC Technologies in 1986, Ms. Mannen was Finance Manager for Sheller-Globe Corporation.

Ms. Mannen holds a BS degree in accounting and an MBA from Rider University. She is a member of the Owens Corning board of directors and has served as the audit committee chair since 2019.


The CITGO Petroleum Corp. board of directors has elected Jose R. Pocaterra as Chairman of the board of directors. Mr. Pocaterra brings more than 20 y of operational, marketing and financial professional experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Pocaterra held various positions in the budget, planning and financial reporting area for Sincrudos de Oriente (SINCOR), a joint venture (JV) between Petróleos de Venezuela, TOTAL and EQUINOR for the production and upgrading of extra-heavy oil in the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela.

His background also includes roles in procurement for U.S.-based Energy Logistics Inc. in Houston, Texas; data analysis for Swift Oil & Gas in Mobile, Alabama during the Deepwater Horizon crisis; and various financial advisory roles in Europe.

He holds a BS degree in business administration from the Universidad Santa María, Venezuela; a postgraduate diploma in corporate finance from Universidad Metropolitana, Venezuela; an MBA certificate from the University of Texas; and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) School of Management, Venezuela.


Nucore Group, a specialist engineering company providing integrated engineering solutions in hazardous environments, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Phil Davie as Chief Operating Officer. With more than 30 yr of experience with Tier 1 and service engineering companies, most recently as Senior Vice President at Aker Solutions, Mr. Davie will take on the responsibility for all group operations. Nucore Group provides critical services and support for the oil and gas, marine, renewables energy and petrochemical industries, as well as private and public sector customers.

Phil Davie

Zetec Inc., a global leader in nondestructive testing (NDT) for oil and gas and other industries, has named Dave Whitley as its new President. He replaces Wayne Wilkinson, who is retiring. Whitley brings extensive executive, management, strategic and omni-channel distribution experience across several industries. He joins Zetec from True Brands. As President and chief executive officer, Whitley was responsible for the strategic direction, business development and overall operation of the company. Prior to True Brands, Whitley was President and CEO at Global Harvest Foods, a national consumer-products manufacturer specializing in pet food, and was COO at Nuprecon, a national commercial and industrial demolition and environmental remediation specialty subcontractor.

Dave Whitley

FutureOn has appointed Suba Rohrman as Vice President of Asia-Pacific to drive company growth in the region. This appointment follows the announcement of a new partnership with Tracy Energy. Based in Australia, Ms. Rohrman will be responsible for leading the company’s growth strategy in the region and working with Tracy Energy to bring digital solutions to the market to meet the needs of operators across Asia and Australia. With 23 yr of industry experience, she has held numerous senior technical and business consulting positions for oil and gas operators and service companies around the globe, including BP, Shell, Total, Halliburton and Schlumberger.

Suba Rohrman

GTI Spindle Technology Inc. has appointed Eric Huston to its leadership team as a Vice President. Huston also serves as Chief Operating Officer of the GTI Predictive Technology subsidiary, where he provides leadership and focus encompassing the whole value chain with emphasis on customer excellence, sales, marketing, business and product development. At GTI Spindle, Huston will drive the development and launch of subscription-based business solutions for machine tool spindle repair enabled through digital transformation.

Earlier in his career, Huston gained extensive experience in industrial aftermarket services and digital transformation in both domestic and international markets. He has an affinity for the influence and contribution of precision maintenance, proactive reliability, energy efficiency and environmental management upon the profitable growth and sustainability of industrial facilities and fleets. Prior to GTI, Huston held executive positions with increasing responsibility at Schaeffler, SKF and Honeywell (Measurex) after starting his career as a maintenance engineer with International Paper (Champion International). He holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine and is a member of several professional organizations, having served as Vice Chair, Manufacturing Technical Group; and Chair, Plant Engineering and Maintenance Division for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a member of the Best Practices and Benchmarking Committee for the Society of Reliability and Maintenance Professionals (SMRP). Huston is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), and a former Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

Eric Huston

Excelerate Energy L.P. (Excelerate) has named Alisa Newman Hood as General Counsel and Amy Thompson as Chief Human Resources Officer. As Excelerate’s Executive VP and General Counsel, Ms. Hood will leverage her impressive 20-yr legal, government relations and energy policy background for the company. Since joining Excelerate Energy in 2019 as Senior VP, she has provided legal advice and managed the company’s U.S. government relations function in Washington, DC. Before joining Excelerate, she served as General Counsel in three previous roles, including at Akfel Commodities, the parent company of the largest private importer of natural gas and largest trader of gas and power in Turkey, and at Aluminium Bahrain, where she guided the company through its IPO on the London Stock Exchange. From 2012–2016, Ms. Hood served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs at the State Department. She began her legal career in the project finance/energy practice at White & Case LLP in New York and Washington. She is a graduate of Brown University (BA) and Georgetown University Law Center (JD), where she has been on the adjunct faculty teaching oil and gas law since 2007.

Ms. Thompson, Executive VP and Chief Human Resources Officer for Excelerate Energy, brings more than 22 yr of progressive human resources experience in global oilfield services organizations. Throughout her career, she has held various leadership roles in the U.S. and the Middle East. Prior to joining Excelerate Energy, she was Senior VP and Chief Human Resources Officer of Apergy Corp., a leading provider of highly engineered technologies that help companies drill for and produce oil and gas. In this role, she led the human resources function when Apergy spun off Dover Corp. as a new public company. Before that, she held various HR roles within Baker Hughes Inc., Dover Corp., and Oxy Oil and Gas.

Alisa Newman Hood                                        Amy Thompson

Alf Melin has been named Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer for TechnipFMC, effective January 25, 2021. Mr. Melin has been with the company since 1995 and has held multiple leadership positions in finance, treasury and operations. He now serves as Senior VP, Finance Operations, where he is responsible for the company’s global finance activities across all segments. Additionally, he has direct oversight of finance operations for the subsea segment. Prior to this, he held various operational roles, including Senior VP, Surface Americas, and General Manager, Fluid Control. A graduate of Lund University in Sweden, Mr. Melin’s service with the company includes eight years in various global locations. This appointment follows the resignation, also effective January 25, 2021, of Maryann Mannen as Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer, who is leaving the company.

Alf Melin

R. Grace & Co. has elected Cherée H. Johnson as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, with responsibility for all legal matters worldwide, including management of Grace’s legal department. As Corporate Secretary, Ms. Johnson is also responsible for corporate governance and matters relating to the board of directors. She also serves as Grace’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. She succeeds Mark A. Shelnitz, who has retired from Grace. Ms. Johnson joins Grace from McCormick & Co. Inc., where she served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Assistant Corporate Secretary and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel. Prior to joining McCormick, she was Deputy General Counsel at The Kraft Heinz Co. Ms. Johnson earned her BS degree in chemical engineering with Honors at Florida A&M University and her Juris Doctor at University of Minnesota Law School. She has been a member of several boards, including the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Advisory Board, and is a member of the American Bar Association and USPTO Patent Bar.

Cherée H. Johnson

Jose R. Pocaterra elected Chairman of the CITGO board of directors

The CITGO Petroleum Corp. board of directors has elected Jose R. Pocaterra as Chairman of the board of directors. Mr. Pocaterra brings more than 20 y of operational, marketing and financial professional experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Pocaterra held various positions in the budget, planning and financial reporting area for Sincrudos de Oriente (SINCOR), a joint venture (JV) between Petróleos de Venezuela, TOTAL and EQUINOR for the production and upgrading of extra-heavy oil in the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela.

His background also includes roles in procurement for U.S.-based Energy Logistics Inc. in Houston, Texas; data analysis for Swift Oil & Gas in Mobile, Alabama during the Deepwater Horizon crisis; and various financial advisory roles in Europe.

He holds a BS degree in business administration from the Universidad Santa María, Venezuela; a postgraduate diploma in corporate finance from Universidad Metropolitana, Venezuela; an MBA certificate from the University of Texas; and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) School of Management, Venezuela.

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