Business Briefs

June 11, 2024
The latest company news and personnel moves from the offshore industry

Editor's note: This Business Briefs section first appeared in the May-June 2024 issue of Offshore magazine. Click here to view the full issue.


Jean Paul Prates' has resigned as Petrobras CEO and as a member of the board of directors. Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Clarice Coppetti, has been appointed interim president of the company, until the election of a new CEO. Subject to internal corporate governance procedures, Magda Maria de Regina Chambriard will hold the positions of CEO of the company and member of the board of directors. Moreover, the board of directors has removed Sergio Caetano Leite as CFO and investor relations officer. Finance Executive Manager Carlos Alberto Rechelo Neto has been named as the interim until the election of a new CFO.

Serica Energy has appointed Chris Cox CEO, effective July 1, with David Latin (chairman of Serica) ceasing his temporary role as interim CEO at the same time.

Helge Hammer has stepped down as Longboat Energy CEO and from the board of the company. He has elected to focus his time exclusively on his role as chairman of Longboat JAPEX Norge AS. Nick Ingrassia, Longboat Energy's corporate development director since 2020, has been promoted to CEO.

Wood has appointed Jennifer Richmond chief strategy officer.

Talos Energy has expanded its leadership team in connection with its acquisition of QuarterNorth Energy Inc. Sergio Maiworm was promoted to executive vice president and will continue to serve as CFO. He was previously appointed senior vice president and CFO in July 2023. In connection with Talos's acquisition of QuarterNorth, Talos has appointed former QuarterNorth employees Jim Brysch vice president of marketing and Truitt Smith vice president of geosciences. Francisco Noyola has been promoted to vice president – Mexico. Clay Jeansonne joined Talos on April 1 as vice president of investor relations. Lastly, John Parker, who previously served as executive vice president of new ventures, left the company April 24.

Ecopetrol S.A. has appointed Felipe Trujillo López vice president (VP) of commercial and marketing and Victoria Irene Sepúlveda Ballesteros corporate VP of human talent. In addition, María Cristina Toro Restrepo has been named legal vice president. 

Company news

CGG has rebranded and changed its corporate name to Viridien.

ABL Group has entered an agreement to acquire energy consultancy Ross Offshore from Moreld Group.

Unique Group has acquired England-based Subsea Innovation, which was formerly part of Tekmar Group.

JERA, the Japanese power producer, has established JERA Nex as a new global renewable energy business. It will develop, invest in, own and operate various assets in offshore and onshore wind, solar and battery storage.

Eni has agreed to combine the majority of its UK upstream business, aside from its East Irish Sea and CCUS activities, with Ithaca Energy’s UK offshore portfolio.

Hess Corp. announced May 20 that independent proxy voting and corporate governance advisory firm Glass, Lewis & Co. recommended that Hess shareholders vote "for" the proposed merger with Chevron.


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