INDUSTRY MOVES: People in the news

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ConocoPhillips made a series of executive appointments to its pending downstream spinoff Phillips 66.

Greg Maxwell will be the chief financial officer (CFO) of Phillips 66 in February 2012, moving from his current post as CFO of Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem).

Tim Taylor will head commercial, marketing, transportation and business development for the company, effective January 2012. He recently retired from CPChem, where he was chief operating officer.

Chantal Veevaete will lead human resources for Phillips 66. Prior to work with CPChem, she served as vice president of human resources for the Accredo segment of Medco Health Solutions.

All three positions will report to Greg Garland, who was previously chosen as chairman and CEO of Phillips 66.

Meanwhile, Clayton Reasor was appointed vice president of investor relations, strategy and corporate affairs for Phillips 66, moving from his role as vice president of corporate and investor relations for ConocoPhillips.

Ellen DeSanctis will then take over the vice president of investor relations role for ConocoPhillips, the upstream exploration and production company.

Conoco’s repositioning is expected to be complete by the 2012 second quarter.

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) made a pair of hires in response to its losses to Phillips 66.

Greg Wagner became vice president of human resources, effective February 1, replacing Veevaete. Wagner was previously Chevron’s vice president of human resources for downstream and chemicals.

Also on February 1, CPChem treasurer Trevor Roberts assumed the role of interim chief financial officer (CFO) for the company while it searches for a replacement for Maxwell.

On April 1, Dennis Holtermann will become vice president of research and technology for CPChem. He will succeed Mary Jane Hagenson, who is retiring after 27 years with the company.

CPChem is a 50-50 downstream joint venture between Chevron and ConocoPhillips. Once the Conoco spinoff is complete, its share in the JV will transfer to Phillips 66.

The board of directors for US-based engineering major Fluor elected David T. Seaton as the company’s new chairman.

Seaton, 50, was named CEO and company director in February 2011. Seaton will hold both the chairman and CEO roles going forward.

Alan J. Boeckmann is retiring from Fluor’s board after serving the past year as non-executive board chairman and the previous nine years as Fluor’s chairman and CEO. All changes were effective February 2.

Jorge Young
was named president and CEO of US-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer DAK Americas.

Young has served as executive vice president of PET resins for DAK since 2007.

He replaces Hector Camberos, who will return to his Argentina home to oversee DAK’s Argentina PET business.

US-based Styron appointed John Feenan as chief financial officer (CFO), effective January 16.

Feenan joined Styron from JMC Steel, where he was CFO since 2007. He was previously CFO at US specialty chemicals firm HB Fuller.

Feenan succeeds Richard Diemer, who left his CFO post on September 30, 2011.

Styron, formerly the styrenics division of Dow Chemical before its launch as a stand-alone company in 2010, will change its name to Trinseo later this year.

Industrial automation communication firm Red Lion Controls named Laura Hoffman as vice president of global marketing and Jim Gilbert as vice president of automation and wireless.

Hoffman had worked 14 years in marketing at Microscan Systems, a factory automation industry provider owned by Red Lion’s parent company Spectris.

Gilbert, meanwhile, joins Red Lion from NEC Corp., where he worked as director of product development and engineering for the identification solutions division.

Black & Veatch
appointed William Breckenridge as sulfur technology manager for its oil and gas business unit.

In the role, Breckenridge is responsible for overseeing the development, technology license and execution of sulfur recovery and sour gas treating projects around the world.

He will also serve as a technical consultant to the company’s senior management.

Breckenridge joined Black & Veatch in 1994 as a process engineer and most recently served as department head for the company’s process and chemical group.

Hydrocarbon measurement software company Flow-Cal promoted David Bushell to the position of vice president of software development.

Bushell has over 15 years of gas measurement and software development experience, the company said, including over five years with Flow-Cal.

He was previously a product manager for the company, where he oversaw the design, development, testing and support of field applications.

Adil Toubia
, 53, became the CEO of the oil and gas division of Siemens Energy on February 1.

He succeeds Tom Blades, who was appointed as a member of the Linde managing board.

Toubia has three decades of industry experiences, Siemens said, and was most recently a partner in Energy Capital Group, a private equity investment firm in the oil and gas industry.

Siemens’ oil and gas division offers products and solutions for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas, with a portfolio including industrial gas turbines, compressors and products for deep-sea power supply.

Chicago Pneumatic
appointed Todd Francis as a vice president for stationary compressors in North America, effective January 23.

He will be based out of the company’s office in Rock Hill, S.C., where he will be responsible for new business development and building the company’s distributor network in North America.

Francis joins Chicago Pneumatic after more than two decades in the commercial construction and heavy equipment sales and rental field, including a recent position as national account manager for Chicago Pneumatic Construction.

Flowserve Corp.
, a provider of flow control products and services for global infrastructure markets, promoted Thomas L. Pajonas to the newly-created position of chief operating officer.

The company had previously split its pump and mechanical seal businesses into different segments before beginning a consolidation program two years ago.

Pajonas had served as senior vice president and president of the flow control division.

Meanwhile, Thomas E. Ferguson will retire from the company at the end of 2012. He had worked as senior vice president of the flow solutions group.

Momar Nguer
was named senior vice president for Africa and Middle East at Total Supply & Marketing.

Nguer had been vice president of aviation fuel since February 2007. He first joined Total in 1984 and has served in a variety of downstream positions.

Nguer replaces Alain Champeaux, who departed after 35 years with Total.

chief financial officer Brian MacDonald will replace Lynn Elsenhans as CEO, effective March 1.

MacDonald will also replace Elsenhans as chairman of Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics Partners, effective May 2012.

Michael Hennigan will become CEO of Sunoco Logistics, effective March 1, moving from his current role as president and chief operating officer for the company.

The changes come as Sunoco is exiting the refining business and shifting its focus to logistics and retail.

US industrial gases major Airgas named Jay Worley as vice president of strategic pricing, where he will lead the development and implementation of the company’s pricing strategy.

Worley had worked as Airgas’ vice president of communications and investor relations since 2008. He began his career with the company in 1993.

Belgium chemical company Solvay appointed Jean-Pierre Clamadieu as its next CEO.

Clamadieu currently serves as Solvay’s deputy CEO to Christian Jourquin, who is scheduled to retire on May 10. Also at that time, Clamadieu will be proposed for appointment to the company’s board of directors.

Canada-based ngineering and construction major SNC-Lavalin says executive vice president Riadh Ben Aïssa and vice president-controller Stéphane Roy are each no longer employed with the company, effective immediately.

The company did not specify a reason for the departures, but media reports said the pair had close ties with Libya’s former Gaddafi regime.

Charles Chebl was appointed executive vice president of SNC-Lavalin’s infrastructure and construction business unit after 25 years with the company in that sector.

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