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    Former Chevron chairman, CEO, Keller, remembered as ‘a true leader and visionary’


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    David J. O’Reilly, chairman and CEO of Chevron Corp., commented on the passing of George M. Keller, the company’s former chairman and CEO. Keller was 84. “George was a true leader and visionary, and he was deeply respected by all those who had the fortune to work with him,” said O’Reilly. “His tireless efforts in leading the acquisition of Gulf Oil created the foundation for the Chevron we know today. On behalf of our board of directors and 59,000 employees around the globe, we are truly saddened by his passing.”

    Keller joined Chevron in 1948 after serving in World War II and graduating as a chemical engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in positions of increasing responsibility until his retirement in 1988.

    ConocoPhillips makes senior management changes

    ConocoPhillips has made changes to the company’s senior management. John Carrig, currently executive VP, finance, and CFO, will become president and COO. Jim Gallogly, currently executive VP, refining, marketing and transportation, will become executive VP, exploration and production. Willie Chiang, currently senior VP, commercial, will become senior VP, refining, marketing and transportation. Greg Goff, currently president, strategy, integration and specialty businesses for refining, marketing and transportation, will become senior VP, commercial. Sig Cornelius, currently senior VP, planning, strategy and corporate affairs, will become senior VP, finance, and CFO. Jeff Sheets, currently VP and treasurer, will become senior VP, planning and strategy. Red Cavaney, who retired from his position as president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute on Oct. 31, will become senior VP, government and public affairs. Fran Vallejo, currently general manager, corporate planning and budgets, PS&CA, will become VP and treasurer, finance. John Lowe, currently executive VP, exploration and production wishes to reduce his responsibilities and will serve as assistant to the CEO. After Jan. 31, 2009, he will be employed on a part-time basis.

    Baker Hughes appoints Triplett VP and CIO

    Baker Hughes Inc. has named Clifton (Clif) Triplett vice president and chief information officer. Triplett joins Baker Hughes from Motorola where he served as vice president and chief information officer for their network and enterprise group and most recently as vice president, global services. He received a bachelor’s degree from the US Military Academy and spent the first 10 years of his career in the military, both in the US and internationally. He also holds a master’s degree from Boston University. Baker Hughes provides reservoir consulting, drilling, formation evaluation, completion and production products and services to the worldwide oil and gas industry.

    Pineci succeeds Leonard as Oxy VP, controller


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    Occidental Petroleum Corp. has elected Roy Pineci as vice president, controller, and principal accounting officer. Pineci replaces Jim A. Leonard who will be retiring. Leonard served as vice president and controller of Oxy for more than 30 years. Pineci joined Occidental as vice president - internal audit. He was named senior vice president, finance for oil and gas in October 2007. Prior to joining Occidental, Pineci was a partner at KPMG LLP.

    Island Oil & Gas appoints new CFO

    Island Oil & Gas PLC has appointed Martin Carl Wilhelm Kindinger as CFO and executive director. Kindinger has served as a non-executive director on the board since October 11, 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA. Kindinger will be replaced by Adrian Doull on the audit, remuneration, nominating, and corporate governance committees.

    Boyd joins Miller as new CFO

    Miller Petroleum Inc. has named Paul W. Boyd as its new CFO. Over the past seven years, Boyd has been the CFO for a startup company based in Knoxville, Tenn. Prior to working in the transportation field, Paul worked with companies in the financial, retail, manufacturing and internet related industries. Boyd holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

    Pyramid consolidates Houston offices, CFO Anjum resigns

    Pyramid Petroleum Inc. has completed the consolidation of its corporate, operations, accounting and administrative functions in Houston. Consequently, Pyramid’s CFO, Mansoor Anjum, has resigned from all officer positions with the company and its subsidiaries. Anjum will continue to sit as a director. In the interim, Pyramid’s CEO, Ilyas Chaudhary will serve as acting-CFO.

    Smith International names Yearwood CEO, COO

    Smith International Inc. has appointed John Yearwood as CEO, president, and COO as of January 1, 2009. Doug Rock, who holds these positions currently, will remain chairman of Smith’s board of directors after January 1, 2009. Yearwood currently serves as Smith’s executive vice president and president of completion and production and is a member of the board. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oxford Brooks University, and spent 26 years with Schlumberger.

    Mining Oil appoints Beckham COO, president

    Mining Oil Inc. has named Donald Beckham as COO and president. Beckham is the president and founder of Beckham Resources Inc. He began his career in 1984 at Houston Oil Fields Corp. Beckham graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree.

    W&T Offshore names Vazquez president


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    W&T Offshore Inc. has appointed Jamie L. Vazquez as president of the company. Tracy W. Krohn previously held the position and he continues to serve as chairman and CEO. Vazquez joined the company in 1998 and was most recently vice president, land, a position she has held since 2003. Prior to joining the company, she was with CNG Producing Co. for 17 years. Vazquez received a bachelor’s degree from University of Tulsa.

    Morgan Creek taps Wilson president, CEO; adds Viard to board

    Morgan Creek Energy Corp. has appointed Peter Wilson as the company president and CEO, as well as a director. During the past 15 years, Wilson has been involved in the senior level management of public companies. Wilson previously served as president of Hana Mining Ltd. Wilson continues to serve as an advisor to several public and private Houston-based E&P companies, and serves as a director of Offset Energy Corp. David Urquhart has resigned as the president, CEO, and director of the company. Angelo Viard has been named a director of the company. He currently serves as the president, CEO of Viard Consulting Services.

    Fehr joins Black Elk as new COO


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    Black Elk Energy has hired Douglas W. Fehr, an energy executive with 29 years of experience, as COO. Fehr recently retired from BP Americas as technical director for a major pipeline system and marine terminal in Turkey. Previously, he was director for the Sangachal Terminal in Azerbaijan.

    Sherrick joins Southwestern as new senior vice president

    Southwestern Energy Co. has named Jeffrey B. Sherrick as senior vice president - exploitation of its subsidiaries, SEECO Inc. and Southwestern Energy Production Co. Sherrick will be responsible for the company’s North American oil and gas exploration and production business outside of the Fayetteville Shale. Previous to joining Southwestern, he served in various roles at The Houston Exploration Co., El Paso Production Co., Enron Global Exploration and Production Inc., Enron Oil & Gas Co., and Tenneco Oil Co. He is a graduate of Marietta College with a bachelor’s degree.

    Diemer leads Pace’s Houston operations

    Pace has assigned James (Jim) Diemer, executive vice president, to its longstanding Houston operating base. As the corporate officer responsible for this office, Diemer also maintains his current role focusing on the development and execution of business strategies for major energy companies as well as development support and financing of energy infrastructure projects and procurement practices.

    Exterran sets succession plan, names Danner COO

    Exterran Holdings Inc. has appointed Ernie L. Danner as president and COO. He will report to Stephen A. Snider, CEO and a director of Exterran. Danner is expected to assume the role of CEO upon the planned retirement of Snider by the end of June 2009. Danner served in various roles with Universal Compression Holdings Inc. from 1998 through August 2007, when Universal merged with Hanover Compressor Co. to form Exterran. Danner will continue to serve as a director of Exterran.

    Pride appoints Stilley CEO of mat-supported jackup business


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    Houston-based Pride International Inc. has named Randall D. Stilley CEO of Pride’s mat-supported jackup rig business. Stilley is a 32-year veteran of the oilfield services industry. From October 2004 through June 2008, he served as president and CEO of Hercules Offshore Inc. Stilley holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and currently serves as non-executive chairman and a director of ThruBit LLC.

    Deepwater Specialists taps Lambert president, Landry transitions to chairman


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    Deepwater Specialists Inc. (DSI), part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC, has appointed Trey Lambert president. He will be responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and developing its business development strategy. Former president Phillip Landry will assume the role of chairman for the facilities commissioning services company. Trey has been with DSI for over six years and was formerly the executive vice president of DSI before moving into his new role. He has more than 14 years of industry experience. He received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.

    Sinclair steps down from VP, business development post at Canadian Spirit

    Ken Sinclair, vice president, business development at Canadian Spirit has left the company to pursue personal interests. He will continue his relationship with CSRI as a consultant.

    Chin resigns as CFO of Global Industries

    Global Industries’s chairman of the board and CEO, B.K. Chin, has resigned. Current board member John A. Clerico has been appointed executive chairman and will serve as interim CEO until a permanent CEO is hired. In addition, William J. Dore, the company’s founder and former CEO, will rejoin the company’s board. Clerico previously served as executive vice president and CFO of Praxair Inc.

    BJ Services promotes Anderson to VP for Europe, West Africa well services

    BJ Services has named John Anderson region vice president for Europe and West Africa for well services. He will work with country managers to oversee well services operations, marketing initiatives, and financial management. He has 28 years of experience in the oilfield service industry. Anderson has been with BJ Services since 1995. Prior to the promotion, Anderson served for five years as country manager for BJ Services in Australia.

    Basic Earth board member resigns

    David J. Flake has resigned from the board of Basic Earth Science Systems Inc. Flake was not a member of any committee at the time of his resignation. Flake had been with the company for 28 years. In 1987 he was appointed secretary/treasurer, CFO and a member of the board. In January 1993 he resigned, while remaining on the board. In January 2001 he rejoined Basic as a full-time employee and was re-appointed secretary/treasurer and CFO. He remained in those positions until he resigned as an employee in February 2008. Basic is an oil and gas exploration and production company with primary operations in select areas of the Williston basin, the Denver-Julesburg basin in Colorado, the southern portions of Texas, and along the on-shore portions of the Gulf Coast.

    Petroflow names new director

    Petroflow has appointed David Elgie a director of the company. Elgie will serve as a member of the audit committee and the reserves committee. Elgie has 27 years of oil and gas experience, most recently as president and CEO of Cordero Energy Inc. Prior to Cordero he served in senior executive positions with Resolute Energy Inc., Southward Energy Ltd., and Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd. He has a degree from the University of British Columbia.

    Gulfsands Petroleum gives CEO a seat on the board

    Gulfsands Petroleum has appointed Richard Malcolm to the board of directors, having recently joined the company as CEO. He joined from OMV (UK) Ltd. where he was managing director of the UK E&P subsidiary of OMV AG. Malcom has been granted 1,500,000 options to subscribe for ordinary shares in the company.

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