Business Briefs

Aug. 1, 2022
The latest company news and personnel moves from the offshore industry.

Editor's note: This Business Briefs section first appeared in the July-August 2022 issue of Offshore magazine. Click here to view the full issue.


Petrobras' board of directors has nominated Caio Mário Paes de Andrade as Petrobras' director until the next General Shareholders' Meeting and elected him as the company's CEO, the latter to hold office until April 13, 2023.

Wood has appointed Ken Gilmartin CEO, and Azad Hessamodini has been named executive president of Wood's Consulting business and the latest member of the firm’s executive leadership team. Hessamodini succeeds Joe Sczurko, who now leads the Environment & Infrastructure business, which Wood recently agreed to sell to WSP.

Deirdre Michie OBE willhandover the reins at the end of the year after almosteightyears as chief executiveof Offshore Energies UK, which will begin the recruitment processso Michie's successor will bein positionat the beginning of 2023.

Brüel & Kjær Vibro has named Volker Polonyi its new CEO and president.

Vikram Solar has appointed Ivan Saha CEO of the company.

Proserv has announced present Group CEO David Currie as chairman of the board for both Proserv and sister business Gilmore Valves. Joining the board of Proserv is Hugh McNeal. Davis Larssen, currently CEO of Proserv Controls, will join the board of Proserv, and David Nemetz will continue as CEO of Gilmore, both reporting independently to their respective boards.

The RWE AG executive board has appointed Andrew Flanagan COO of RWE Renewables Americas. 

Eidesvik Offshore has appointed Helga Cotgrove CFO. She will join the company no later than Oct. 1.

Jōb Industrial Services has named Scott Stenberg CFO.    

Jadestone Energy Plc has appointed Bert-Jaap Dijkstra CFO and director of the company, effective Sept.1. 

Philippe Barril has decided to step down on Aug. 31 from his role as SBM Offshore's chief transition officer further to his appointment as CEO of Heerema Marine Contractors on Sept. 1.

Quorum Software has named Emilio G. Marisei senior vice president and managing director, EMEA & APAC. 

Amanda Eversole has been named API's executive vice president and chief advocacy officer, where she will lead the organization's integrated advocacy efforts across the federal government relations, state government relations and external mobilization departments. API also announced the transition of Stephen Comstock to vice president and senior counselor for policy, economics and regulatory affairs, and the promotion of Aaron Padilla to vice president of corporate policy.  

Venterra Group Plc has appointed Paul Doherty executive vice president of its engineering phase offering, which focuses on providing services during the development phase of offshore wind farms.     

Stephan Claussen has been appointed managing director of Semco Maritime GmbH Germany, effective Aug. 1.

Brimmond Group has recently absorbed sister company Rigrun Europe and is rebranding as Brimmond (dropping "Group" from its title), and Tom Murdoch will serve as managing director of the newly unified entity. The restructure sees him become majority shareholder of the business started by his late father Alistair in 1996.

The International Marine Contractors Association has welcomed Rhys Jones as technical adviser, Marine Renewable Energy.

Jon Oliver Bryce has joined business growth consultancy 4C Global as a senior adviser.

RenewableUK has appointed Jane Cooper as its new director of offshore wind. She is currently Ørsted's director of regulatory and external affairs and will take up the position at RenewableUK in September.

Martin Houston has notified the EnQuest Plc board of his intention to step down as non-executive chairman to focus on his other business interests. The timing of his departure will be confirmed once a successor has been recruited.

SFL Corp. Ltd. has appointed Will Homan-Russell a director of the company.

Heerema Marine Contractors has announced changes to its board of directors both in terms of structure and composition. The new board will be in place as of Aug. 1, and consist of six executive board members and three non-executives: CEO Philippe Barril (joining Sept. 1), CFO Robbert Sloos, COO Michel Hendriks, CCO Jeroen van Oosten, CTO Ramon de Haas and Isolde Eleveld-Terwel, chief human resources officer. Peter Huisman, currently interim CFO, will become the third non-executive board member next to Pieter Heerema (chairman) and Nico Pronk.

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group has appointed five new board members: Sven van den Bedem, Shell's energy transition manager; Nassima Brown, Fennex co-founder and director of business strategy; Jason Hendry, Peterson's managing director for England and renewables strategy; Rodney Hutchison, MacRoberts LLP legal director; and Alfonso Martinez-Felipe,senior lecturer, University of Aberdeen. 


Ithaca Energy has completed its acquisition of UK E&P independent Siccar Point Energy, which was first announced in April.

Woodside Energy Group Ltd. and BHP Group Ltd. completed the merger of Woodside with BHP’s oil and gas portfolio to create a global energy company on June 1.

Chevron Corp. completed its acquisition of Renewable Energy Group Inc. June 13, following approval by REG stockholders. 

TGS acquired Prediktor, a specialist in asset management/real-time data management services for owners of renewable and energy facilities, on July 1. TGS also has entered an agreement, expected to close in August, to acquire all shares in Magseis Fairfield.

Maersk's subsidiary Maersk Training intends to acquire ResQ, a supplier of services and expertise in safety training and emergency preparedness in Norway.

THREE60 Energy, an independent energy service company, has acquired Fraser Well Management, a well and pipeline operator and well management specialist.

DNV has acquired The Registrar Co., which provides certification and training services to North America.

MMA Offshore Ltd. has entered into an agreement to acquire Subcon International Pty Ltd. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur in July.   

Venterra Group Plc, the offshore wind energy services business, has acquired Partrac and Balltec.

Global energy consultancy Xodus has established a new office in Melbourne to support the energy transition across the east coast of Australia.

IWCF Drilling and Well Control Training Centre of Excellence have opened AIS Survivex, a new center for well control training in Newcastle, England to train drilling personnel in the oil and gas industry. 

Swagelok Co. has expanded its workforce on Cleveland, Ohio’s west side through the addition of positions in its existing Strongsville facility and the purchase of an existing, 135,000-sq-ft building in Valley City, Ohio. When operational in 2023, the Valley City facility plans to welcome more than 125 permanent employees working in support of fitting service and high-purity products. 

TotalEnergies has entered into an agreement with Adani Enterprises Ltd. (AEL) to acquire a 25% interest in Adani New Industries Ltd. (ANIL). ANIL will be the exclusive platform of AEL and TotalEnergies for the production and commercialization of green hydrogen in India.