People on the move

Feb. 16, 2024
This update provides the latest in senior appointments, promotions, retirements, company news and more across the offshore energy industry.


HOUSTON — Independent hydrocarbon producer Perenco Group has appointed Armel Simondin the new CEO of Perenco SA, effective March 15. Perenco SA says it has grown significantly in the last eight years under the management of Benoît de la Fouchardiere. He will now join the board of Perenco Group and take the lead of affiliate Dixstone. Read more. 

Shelf Drilling Ltd.'s board has approved a transition plan, effective August 2024, where David Mullen will step down as CEO and assume the executive chairman role. Greg O’Brien, current executive vice president and CFO, will be appointed CEO. Ernie Danner will step down as chairman of the board and will then serve as lead independent director of the company. Read more. 

Murphy Oil Corp. has promoted Eric M. Hambly to president and COO and E. Ted Botner to executive vice president. Hambly and Botner will continue to report to CEO Roger W. Jenkins. Read more. 

OPITO, a not-for-profit global safety and skills organization for the energy industry, has appointed Stephen Marcos Jones CEO. He is expected to join OPITO in late March and will replace John McDonald who has led the business since 2017 and announced his intention to step down in 2023.

Norwegian offshore wind vessel owner Edda Wind has appointed Hermann Hovland Øverlie CFO following the resignation of Tom Johan Austrheim. Øverlie will join Edda Wind March 1, 2024.

Reactive Downhole Tools has announced a significant restructure of its senior management team that includes Niall Urquhart appointed COO and Chris Barnes appointed CTO.

Peterson Energy Logistics has named Christine Dodds finance director, leading the finance and shared services teams. Dodds joins from Repsol, where she spent 13 years in a series of roles in financial reporting and business planning.

RenewableUK has appointed Liz Conboy its new commercial director, effective April 2, to lead the trade association’s business development work. She is succeeding Vicky Mant who has worked for RenewableUK for five years. 

SBM Offshore reported that Jaap van Wiechen will reach the end of the first four-year term as a supervisory board member at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of April 12, 2024. He has decided not to seek a second mandate. During the AGM, it will be proposed to appoint Patrick Jager a member of the supervisory board. Jager is a director at HAL Investments BV.

The employees in Ørsted have selected their employee-elected members to the board of directors. The four employee-elected board members will join after the annual general meeting on March 5, 2024. The following employees were elected as employee-elected board members for the next two years: Benny Gøbel, senior mechanical specialist, EPCO & IT (re-elected); Anne Cathrine Collet Yde, global HR business partner, People & Development (re-elected); Ian McCalder, radio communication project specialist, EPCO & IT; and Lara Jewinat, engineering director, EPCO & IT.

Renewable energy consultancy and service provider Natural Power has appointed William Delabre technical director, Solar.

Carl von Merz, a corporate attorney with two decades of experience advising on large-scale energy industry transactions, has joined Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in Houston, where he will serve as head of the firm’s US Oil and Gas practice.

Company News

OEG Energy Group has completed the acquisition of Marine Coordination Services, a provider of marine coordination and offshore project services based in the Netherlands, for an undisclosed consideration.

Fugro has opened a new office called Fugro UST21 in Incheon, South Korea, as part of a joint venture with UST21, a South Korean marine technology company. This office will provide geo-data solutions for South Korea’s offshore renewable energy sector. Fugro UST21 establishes Fugro’s first permanent presence in the country.

DNV has merged its existing cybersecurity business with two recently acquired companies, Nixu and Applied Risk. The merger brings together more than 500 cybersecurity experts to safeguard IT and industrial control system environments across multiple industries, including maritime and offshore energy.

Reactive Downhole Tools is investing in the development of a new research and development test center in Abu Dhabi. This is Reactive’s first such facility in the region. The center aims to replicate the success achieved from the company’s Houston facility. As part of the company's Middle East focus, CEO Mike Allen relocated to Abu Dhabi in third-quarter 2023.

Omexom Renewable Energies Offshore has opened a new office in Assen, the Netherlands, with the aim to strengthen its offshore services. The key positions of the offshore team at the new location will be filled from February 2024 by Steffan Faber as project manager, Menno Herder as technical specialist and Selma Heikamp as commercial assistant. 

Charps, a US-based pipeline construction and maintenance contractor, has invested in the management, deployment and R&D of new pipeline integrity specialist PipeSense, while non-destructive testing inspections and integrity specialist Sonomatic has invested in hardware development and software support.

US Forged Rings Inc. (USFR) has invested $700 million in the US offshore wind industry to construct a tower fabrication facility and a steel forging plant. 

Odfjell Technology has expanded its presence in the Middle East, quadrupling operational capacity with a new facility in Qatif within the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The investment will enable expansion of the company's Tubular Running Services, wellbore cleanup, drilling tool rental and well intervention offerings. The company says the new 10,000-sq-m facility has resulted in significant investment in both machinery and modern workshop facilities.

CTV operator Northern Offshore Group (N-O-G) says Mareel Ltd. is to undergo a transformation and be implemented into Northern Offshore Services (N-O-S) as N-O-S Ltd. 

N-O-S is excited to announce the strategic move to consolidate its presence in the United Kingdom by integrating Mareel Ltd as N-O-S Ltd, and simultaneously add it’s 16 vessels into N-O-S’s already robust fleet.

Germany-based HIMA, a provider of safety-related automation technology, has acquired the Norwegian technology company Origo Solutions.


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