December 2020

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Excelerate Energy adds new executive leadership with the promotion of Alisa Newman Hood and the addition of Amy Thompson

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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

Oxford Flow, the flow control equipment specialist for oil, gas, water and industrial process industries, has appointed Iain Conn as Non-executive Director as the company embarks on further growth and diversification. Mr. Conn brings 35 yr of experience to the post, including 29 yr with BP, 10 of which were on BP’s board, latterly as CEO Downstream. Most recently, he was the Group CEO at Centrica, where he pioneered repositioning its portfolio towards distributed, lower-carbon technologies, services and solutions. Mr. Conn is also an advisor to Oxford Sciences Innovation and its Deep Tech Portfolio.

Iain Conn

Exxon Mobil Corporation’s board of directors has appointed Ian Carr as President of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Co. and elected him as VP of Exxon Mobil Corp, replacing Bryan Milton, who has retired. Mr. Carr joined Exxon in 1984 at Fawley and has held numerous positions in the U.K., Belgium, Saudi Arabia and the U.S., where he most recently served as Senior VP of fuels. His early career included several management roles in the fuels, refining, natural gas and supply businesses. In 2002, he was appointed Corporate Downstream Advisor, and went on to serve as VP of industrial and wholesale fuels before becoming Manager of the Antwerp refinery in 2009. He took on the roles of VP of downstream business development in 2012, and VP of strategy and planning for the Refining and Supply Co. in 2014. Mr. Carr was appointed VP of upstream strategic planning in 2017. He holds a BS degree in chemistry from Leeds University.

Philip Eickhoff has been appointed CFO of Haldor Topsoe. He brings significant experience in driving large-scale transformations and growth acceleration. Mr. Eickhoff previously served as an Industrial Advisor to global private equity funds, and as CFO of Atos Medical and Regional CFO of Coloplast North America.

Rick Bucher has been named CEO of Victaulic, succeeding John F. Malloy, effective January 31, 2021. Dr. Bucher was named President of Victaulic in April of 2020, following a June 2019 appointment as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Victaulic in 2009 as Vice President of Engineering, Dr. Bucher worked for 15 years for W.L. Gore, a manufacturer of technologically advanced composite materials. Dr. Bucher received a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D. in material science from Virginia Tech.

Arnaud Pieton has been named President and CEO-elect, Technip Energies. The company has also appointed Jonathan Landes to the role of President, Subsea. Mr. Pieton has been with the company since 2004. He most recently served as the company’s President, Subsea. Prior to this, he was Executive VP, People and Culture, as well as President, Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Landes most recently served as the company’s Senior VP, Subsea. TechnipFMC also named Margareth Øvrum, Executive VP of Equinor ASA, Development and Production Brazil, to its board of directors. She has more than 38 yr of experience at Equinor (formerly Statoil), and will retire from that company in January 2021after serving in a series of executive leadership positions. Ms. Øvrum now serves on the board of directors of FMC Corp., and previously served on the boards of directors of Alfa Laval AB, Atlas Copco AB and Ratos AB.

DNV GL has made changes to its board. Jon Fredrik Baksaas, the former CEO of Telenor, has been appointed as DNV GL’s new Chair of the board. Although best known for his 13-yr tenure as CEO and President of the telecoms firm, Mr. Baksaas began his career with DNV (as it was then known) and spent 6 yr at the company before leaving in 1985. He has also served as member of the DNV Council for 12 yr.

Current board member Lasse Kristoffersen, CEO and President of Torvald Klaveness Group, will take over as Vice Chair. He has been a member of the board since 2017 and previously spent 11 yr working for DNV GL. The board welcomes two new members: Ingvild Sætheris the President and CEO of Altera Infrastructure(formerly known as Teekay Offshore) and was part of the oil and gas industry’s representation on the DNV council; and Christian Venderby has spent almost 15 yr with Vestas, and is now its Executive VP, Service and previously held the roles of CFO and COO. Leif-Arne Langøy will step down as Chair of the board, a position he has held since 2011.

Grundfos Holding’s board of directors has appointed Group Executive VP Poul Due Jensen as the new CEO of Grundfos. He has been with Grundfos for 19yr and has served as part of the Group Management. Craig Albert, who has led Bechtel Group Inc.’s Infrastructure business unit since 2016, will succeed Jack Futcher as President and COO. In his new role, Mr. Albert will be responsible for overseeing the company’s four global business units, as well as the EPC Functions, Strategy and Business Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Regions and Corporate Affairs organizations, as well as chair Bechtel’s Operating Committee. Shaun Kenny will succeed Mr. Albert as President of the Infrastructure business unit. Mr. Kenny most recently led the BACS consortium’s work on the Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia.

Andrew F. Gould, former Chairman and CEO of Schlumberger Ltd, has joined the McDermott International Ltd. Board of directors. Following his 37-yr career with Schlumberger, Dr. Gould served as Chairman of BG Group Plc. until its sale to Royal Dutch Shell. He previously on the board of directors of Saudi Aramco, Rio Tinto PLC and Rio Tinto Ltd., and now serves on the board of directors of Occidental Petroleum and as a Partner and Chairman of the CSL Capital Management Energy Council. Dr. Gould is a member of the board of trustees of The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Jen Thompson has been appointed as the first Executive Officer for the Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT).Dr. Thompson has more than 20 yr working with government and academia and extensive experience in energy and mining strategy, particularly in the opportunities for industry development through research and education. She comes to AGIT from the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy where she provided strategic policy advice to government across a diverse range of resource management areas, as well as contributing to the national Council of Australian governments (COAG) resources and energy agenda.

John Sampson, Executive VP, Business Operations for Olin Corp., has been named Senior VP, Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering for Dow. We will succeed Peter Holicki, who will retire in 2021 after more than34 years of service with Dow. Mr. Sampson most recently served as a corporate officer at Olin Corp., with executive oversight for managing the M&E, Manufacturing Services, Safety/Health and Environmental and Technology Center of Olin’s Chemical businesses. Prior to joining Olin in 2015, he had a long career with Dow.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has made key appointments to its leadership team: Beatriz Puente joins as CFO; and Lars Bondo Krogsgaard and Juan Gutiérrez have been appointed as CEOs of the Onshore and Service business units, respectively. Ms. Puente will join Siemens Gamesa from NH Hotels, where she has served as Executive Managing Director, Finance and Administration. Prior to that, she served as CFO of Aena. Mr. Krogsgaard spent periods as CEO of Nordex Acciona and co-CEO of MHI Vestas. Earlier in his career, Krogsgaard worked for Siemens Wind Power, where he served as CEO for the EMEA region. Mr. Gutiérrez is to take over as CEO of the Service Business Unit, replacing Mark Albenze, who will retire after 28 yr with Siemens Gamesa and Siemens AG. Mr.Gutiérrez has been working in the energy industry with Siemens companies since 2005.

Neil Bruce has joined the McDermott International Ltd. board of directors. Dr. Bruce spent more than20 yr in public-company environments with Amec Plc. as Executive Director and COO, and SNC-Lavalin, where he was President and CEO until 2019.Dr. Bruce was awarded an Order of the British Empire award for services to engineering in 2012.

Martin Oetjen has been appointed to the Executive Board of MAN Energy Solutions and will be responsible for the Supply Chain and Production division. He has occupied various managerial positions in the company since 2012, and has been in charge of the Engine and Marine Systems strategic business unit since 2015. He began his professional career in 1995 at MAN Truck& Bus, and worked in various managerial roles for the Munich-based heavy goods vehicle manufacturer for 17 yr.

Sundyne has made key appointments. The company has named Andrew Matsuyama as CFO. He brings nearly15 yr of experience as CFO of Norican Group and its predecessor, Wheelabrator Group. He also previously served as a Manager at Arthur Andersen & Co. and was a Senior Manager at Protiviti Consulting. Neil Langdown has been promoted to a new strategic role ofC ommercial Excellence Leader. He will continue to serve in his current role as VP for Asia. Mr.Langdown has worked at Sundyne since 2018.He previously worked as Managing Director for Bedford Pumps; Sales and Marketing Director at Siemens; Aftermarket Director for Wartsila; and General Manager of Hayward Taylor’s service division. Colin Guppy has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer, where he will lead the original equipment and aftermarket strategies for Sundyne’s vertical markets in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

Mike Clark, President and COO of Pilot Chemical Corp., will continue in these roles as he takes over the CEO role from Pamela Butcher, who will step down in January2021. Ms. Butcher will remain on the Pilot board of directors and serve as a special advisor to the Chairman. Mr. Clark joined Pilot in early2018 with more than 30 yr in the industry. Pilot Chemical Corp. has also promoted Shoaib Arif to Research Fellow, the highest-level technical role at the company and reserved for technologists with a track record of technical and commercial accomplishments. The company and the industry for knowledge, contributions and experience. Mr. Arif has more than 30 yr of experience in the chemical industry and has spent the last 15 yr with Pilot Chemical.

Angele Davis has been named as the new CEO of G2 Net-Zero LNG, succeeding Tom Hudson, who will stay on as a Senior Advisor. Ms. Davis, who joined G2 as CFO in2019, has 29 yr in large organization management and is a former Louisiana Commissioner of Administration under Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Deputy Commissioner under Governor Mike Foster.

MFG Chemical has hired Joe Dymecki as Director of sales. Before joining MFG Chemical, Mr. Dymecki served as VP Sales for Dubois Chemicals, prior to which he led Selig Industries and Zep Inc. as VP Sales and VP Business Effectiveness, respectively.

Limetree Bay Ventures LLC has appointed Jeffrey Rinker as its CEO, succeeding Brian Lever. Mr. Rinker will lead the company’s combined refinery and terminal organizations, and has more than 30 yr of industry experience leading large, international energy businesses. He most recently served as Executive VP, Downstream and Midstream for Husky Energy, responsible for leadership of Husky’s Downstream business, including refining, upgrading, marketing, trading and delivering improved safety, reliability and profitability. Prior to joining Husky Energy, Mr. Rinker held various roles of increasing responsibilities at OMV Group and BP Plc.

Robert Pender and Michael Sabel, Founders, Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs of Venture Global LNG Inc., are taking on new responsibilities. Mr. Pender will assume the role of CEO of the company, and Mr. Sabel will continue to serve the company as Executive Co-Chairman, a new officer position, supporting the company and the CEO on key strategic and financial matters. Both will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors as Executive Co-Chairmen of the board. Brian Cothran has joined the company as COO. He has more than two decades of operational and strategic experience in the oil and gas and power generation industries. Prior to joining Venture Global, Mr. Cothran served more than 20 yr with General Electric and Baker Hughes, after its merger with GE Oil& Gas, and held a number of executive and general management roles.

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) has named Amy Andryszak as its new President and CEO. Ms. Andryszak will take over the position from current Interim President and CEO Alex Oehler. Previously, Ms. Andryszak served as a Principal at Ogilvy Government Relations, and at the Loews Director of Government Affairs and then Assistant VP of Government Affairs. Ms. Andryszak also worked as Chief of Staff for Congressman Jim Matheson of Utah and as Assistant Vice President of Federal Relations for AT&T.

Robert Rigdon has begun his tenure as the CEO of SunGas Renewables. He previously held executive leadership positions, including President and CEO at Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. (SES). Prior to joining SES, Mr. Rigdon held senior positions in GE’s gasification business in a variety of capacities, including Director of Commercialization for GE’s Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) product, and Director of GE’s Industrials and Chemicals Gasification business. He also worked for Texaco for 23 yr.

Airswift has appointed Neil Manfred as its new IT Director to lead the firm’s digital transformation strategy. He brings more than 20 yr of experience in global IT infrastructure and project management, having successfully run several technology procurement and system integration programs during his career.

Neptune Energy has appointed Pierre Girard to the newly-created role of Director of New Energy. The company’s New Energy team was formed to scale partnerships and investments in low-carbon technologies, particularly hydrogen, CCS and electrification. Mr. Girard served as Director of Commercial and Joint Ventures, UK, and previously held the role of Interim Managing Director of Neptune’s UK business. He has more than 30 yr of experience in senior roles at Elf, Chevron and Engie in France, Angola, Egypt and the UK.

Merichem Company has appointed Jason Lu to the position of General Manager, Merichem Energy Technologies Ltd., succeeding Dayong Dong. Mr. Lu’s responsibilities will include the oversight of Merichem’s technology sales personnel and technical service engineers in creating new opportunities of growth within China. He has more than 10 yr of experience, beginning his career in a coal gasification plant, then working at BASF for petrochemical products manufacturing. He also has experience working for Oxbow Activated Carbon in the Asia-Pacific area.

Quality Companies has appointed Richard C. Leal to manage new business development in the refinery, chemical, powerplant and oilfield sectors. Mr. Leal will serve the Houston, Ingleside, Corpus Christi, San Antonio and lower South Texas areas. He has experience in Regional Sales Director and Senior Sales Manager roles for a range of companies serving the oil and gas industry in Texas.

BCCK Holding Company (BCCK) has appointed Thai Pham as Senior Process Engineer. He brings more than 20 yr of experience in gas processing and upstream/midstream oil and gas processes, joining BCCK from UOP-Ortloff where he served as Lead Chemical Engineer. Mr. Pham has a degree in chemical engineering from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and is a PE licensed in Texas.

Graphite Metallizing Corp. has appointed Andy Martin as a sales agent for Australia and New Zealand as part of a continuing expansion of sales coverage by the company. Mr. Martin has worked extensively in the pump and process equipment industries for such companies as John Crane, Eagle Burgmann and PumpWorks. He is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with an MS degree from Syracuse University. HP

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