June 2021

Trends and Resources


Servomex names Jessica Thompson as Global Project Manager – Systems

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff


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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