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PEOPLE
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Granholm
The U.S. Senate approved President Joe Biden’s nominee, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, to serve as secretary of the Department of Energy. Granholm will play a key role in implementing Biden’s climate agenda.
Phillips 66 has named Mark Lashier president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
ConocoPhillips has announced the retirement of Matt Fox as executive vice president and COO, effective May 1.
Superior Energy Services Inc. has announced the resignations of CEO David Dunlap and CFO Westy Ballard, who both resigned to pursue other opportunities. Superior plans to commence an executive search to identify a new CEO. Michael Y. McGovern, the chairman of the company’s board of directors, has been appointed executive chairman and assumed the functions of the company’s principal executive officer. James Spexarth, the company’s chief accounting officer, will serve as interim CFO.
U.S. oil and gas producer California Resources Corp. has appointed interim CEO Mark McFarland head. McFarland, who has served on the company’s board since its emergence from bankruptcy in October 2020, was appointed interim CEO in December, following the departure of Todd Stevens.
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Warner
Crowley has promoted Dan Warner to CFO, consolidating Crowley Maritime Corp.’s enterprise-level financial strategy, resources and services under his leadership.
VAALCO Energy Inc. CFO Elizabeth Prochnow retired March 31. Jason J. Doornik, VAALCO’s chief accounting officer and controller, will serve as principal financial officer until a new CFO is named.
Tidewater Inc., an owner and operator of offshore support vessels, has promoted Sam R. Rubio to executive vice president and CFO and David E. Darling to executive vice president and COO.
Total has appointed Stéphane Michel president of Gas, Renewables & Power and a Total executive committee member, a position previously held by Philippe Sauquet, who has exercised his retirement rights.
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Kingham
Louise Kingham OBE will succeed Peter Mather as bp’s U.K. head of ‎country and senior vice president for Europe, effective in May. Mather, who has decided to leave the company at the end of the year, will continue in his nonexecutive role as chair of the bp Europe ‎Supervisory Board.‎
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McBride
FourPhase, the solids and production performance specialist for the oil and gas sector, has appointed Neil McBride vice president of global business development as the company eyes further international expansion.
Percepto has appointed Robert Mayfield vice president of sales in North America.
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Gonce
Danos has promoted Justin Gonce to general manager of onshore. In this role, Justin will lead the company’s production services teams in the Eagle Ford, Marcellus and the Permian basins as well as the project services team in the Permian.
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Webster
Twin Brothers Marine, a provider of heavy steel fabrication for the oil and gas, industrial, infrastructure and renewables industries, has named Jason Webster general manager. Jason Webster
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Maússe
EnerMech has appointed Celestino Maússe to the newly created role of Mozambique country manager as the company seeks to expand its business as local activity ramps up.
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Gray
Xodus Group has appointed Alasdair Gray head of late life and decommissioning in the Asia-Pacific following a significant increase of activity in the region.
Leonardo Machado has been named managing director of Maersk Training UK as the company looks to expand its offering to the North Sea energy sector.
The board of directors of Royal Dutch Shell Plc have named Andrew Mackenzie the new company chair with effect from the conclusion of Shell’s 2021 Annual General Meeting, scheduled for May 18. Mackenzie will succeed Chad Holliday who will step down May 18 having served as chair for six years and as a board director since September 2010.
Exxon Mobil Corp. has appointed activist investor Jeff Ubben and former Comcast Corp. executive Michael Angelakis to its board.
Denbury Inc. has appointed Cindy A. Yeilding to its board of directors.
COMPANIES
Frank’s International NV and Expro Group announced an agreement on March 11 to combine in an all-stock transaction expected to close in the third quarter. The combined company will assume the Expro Group name upon completion of the merger and be led by Mike Jardon, Expro’s current CEO. The company will also retain the Frank’s International brand name for its well construction solutions as part of the combination.

INEOS E&P AS, which is a part of INEOS Energy, has entered into an agreement to acquire the subsidiary Hess Denmark ApS for a total consideration of $150 million.

Percepto has announced a major strategic expansion in the North American market with new headquarters opening in Texas by the second quarter of 2021.

Pilot Water Solutions LLC (PWS) has acquired Felix Water LLC, complementing PWS’ premier national water midstream footprint and creating one of the largest water midstream companies in the U.S.

Vysus Group, which was previously Lloyd’s Register’s energy business, has acquired Norwegian-based software firm Promaps Technology, which has developed a software to ensure the security of energy supply and mitigates risk in power systems.

AqualisBraemar LOC ASA has entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of East Point Geo Ltd. to strengthen its geoscience offering within the oil and gas industry.

Peloton has entered into an agreement to acquire Cevian Technologies, a cloud-based software company that specializes in real-time data acquisition, visualization and reporting tools for the completions industry.

IHS Markit’s shareholders voted overwhelmingly to approve its merger with S&P Global. The merger is expected to close in the second half of 2021 depending on antitrust and regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.