INDUSTRY MOVES: People in the news

This is the latest entry in a regular series hosted on the HPInformer blog. With People in the news, we keep tabs on the movers and shakers in the HPI. If you know someone that just got promoted or are trying to get word out about new leadership at your company, let us know! Send an email with all the pertinent details to

has named John England as the new leader for its oil and gas sector in the United States, part of the organization’s energy and resources industry practice.

In his new role, England will be responsible for strategic oversight of all Deloitte’s professional services work for a wide range of oil and gas companies.

England boasts nearly two decades of experience with Deloitte. Most notably, he has served as its audit and enterprise risk services industry leader for energy in the United States – and has held a similar global role.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has named Loraine A. Huchler as the recipient of the SWE Entrepreneur Award for 2012.

President of MarTech Systems, Inc, Huchler is being recognized for having built a highly-regarded consulting business, acknowledged as a leading authority and thinker in risk management for industrial water systems, and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

She has been a contributing editor at Hydrocarbon Processing for 13 years, authoring the highly-acclaimed column, HPIn Water Management. Huchler is an influential voice in her industry and serves as a role model for colleagues and peers.

announced the addition of a new Hydro company based in the Houston area. Hydro Parts Solutions Inc. will support pump users with parts solutions through reverse engineering of obsolete parts and by providing improved alloy quality, repeatability, and fast turnaround for emergency parts.

Hydro Parts Solutions, led by Jeff Smith (president), is a company created and operated by veterans of the pump industry. Prior to joining Hydro, Jeff Smith served as president of a major reverse engineering and part manufacturing company for 16 years and also worked for several OEMs in the pump, oilfield and process industries.

Sylvia Gross (vice president and director of operations) worked her entire career in customer service and sales roles in the pump parts industry before joining Hydro Parts Solutions. Jesse Stinson (director of technology) has spent the last 10 years developing his reverse engineering skills while working in drafting, machining and pump repair roles.

appointed Alexandra Bech Gjørv as a member of its board of directors, replacing Daniel Lebègue. She is a partner in the law firm Hjort (Norway) and also chaired the public 22 July Commission on terrorist attacks.

Meanwhile, M. Pascal Colombani was appointed chairman of the audit committee of the Technip board of directors.

In addition, following the Ethics & Governance Committee’s proposal, the board appointed Gérard Hauser as the company’s senior independent director for a two-year term.

Jürgen Amedick
has taken over the leadership of the large drives business unit of the Siemens Drive Technologies Division. The large drives business unit develops, manufactures, and markets products, systems, solutions, and services for drive engineering in industrial and infrastructure application as well as industries such as shipbuilding, pulp and paper, mining, and cement.

Amedick follows Jürgen Brandes, who took over the leadership of the Rail Automation Business Unit in the infrastructure and cities sector.

Amedick most recently headed the products segment of the large drives business unit. The 53-year-old engineer has been at Siemens since 1984 and started his career as a project engineer.

Donald Humphreys
, senior vice president and principal financial officer of ExxonMobil, will retire on February 1, 2013.

Humphreys is also responsible for the company’s fuels, lubricants and specialties marketing and global services operations. He is retiring after more than 36 years with ExxonMobil.

The company has yet to specify his replacement.

Ton BüchnerChemicals company AkzoNobel reported that medical specialists expect company CEO Ton Büchner to fully recover from an illness and it is anticipated that he will return to work sometime around year-end.

"We are pleased to report that the current treatment is effective and progress is being made. However, it is important that the full cycle of treatment is completed and a premature commencement of activities is avoided," said Karel Vuursteen, chairman of the company’s supervisory board.

The company's temporary arrangements to accommodate Ton's absence will remain in place. Chief financial officer Keith Nichols will continue to be the first point of contact and coordinator for the executive committee, while Antony Burgmans, member of the supervisory board, will remain on hand to offer advice and support to Nichols and the executive committee.

Honeywell Sensing and Control
announced that Remi Volpe has been named vice president-general manager for S&C’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA).

In this role, Remi will strengthen the region’s alignment to S&C’s global business goals and is responsible for driving continued growth in the region, according to the company.

Based in Rolle, Switzerland, Volpe has more than 20 years of Honeywell experience. Prior to joining S&C, he served as the EMEA marketing director-buildings and CentraLine business leader for Honeywell’s Environmental & Combustion Controls (ECC) business.

Endicott Biofuels
(EBF) has named Shanoop Kothari as chief financial officer (CFO) for the company, while also appointing Roderick Hayslett to the newly-created role of vice president of finance

Prior to joining EBF, Mr. Kothari served as vice president of Credit Suisse in Houston where he was responsible for energy investment banking focused on oil, natural gas and renewable energy clients.

Mr. Kothari’s previous experience also includes various senior leadership positions at Bindview Corp. and as senior accountant at Price Waterhouse LLP.

Mr. Hayslett joined Endicott as CFO in August 2010 after 32 years of experience in finance and the financial markets and 20 years as a corporate officer. 

Specialty chemicals firm Ashland hired Luis Fernandez-Moreno as president of its water technologies business.

Fernandez-Moreno was until recently an executive at Arch Chemical, where he oversaw the water products and wood protection chemicals businesses.

US-based refiner Valero Energy announced that Deborah Platt Majoras has been elected to the company’s board of directors.

Majoras, 48, is chief legal officer and secretary of The Procter & Gamble Company. Previously she served as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, deputy assistant attorney general in the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division, and a partner at the Jones Day law firm.

Majoras is a member of the boards of trustees of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Cincinnati Legal Aid Society and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Oiltanking Partners
has selected Anne-Marie Ainsworth to succeed Carlin Conner as president and chief executive officer of its general partner.

Ms. Ainsworth will also serve on the board of directors of Oiltanking's general partner.

A refining industry veteran with 34 years of experience, Ms. Ainsworth was most recently senior vice president of Sunoco Refining. Prior to joining Sunoco, she was employed by Motiva Enterprises, where she was general manager of the Motiva refinery in Norco, Louisiana.

Mr. Conner has assumed the role of managing director of Oiltanking GmbH and joined the executive board of Marquard & Bahls AG. He will remain chairman of the board of the general partner of the partnership.

Fluor Corp. reports that James A. Scotti, senior vice president and chief procurement officer for the company, was recently named a new member of the National Academy of Construction at the organization's annual meeting.

The members of the academy are drawn from a select roster of industry professionals who have demonstrated significant and long-term contributions to the construction industry.

Scotti's selection recognized his leadership in advancing the procurement profession within the construction industry and in developing strategic partnerships with suppliers around the world. He isalso the first procurement executive in the industry to be inducted.

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