People on the move

June 18, 2024
This update provides the latest in senior appointments, promotions, retirements, company news and more across the offshore energy industry.

Compiled by Ariana Hurtado, Editor and Director of Special Reports


HOUSTON —  Stephanie Calder has been promoted to CEO of Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd., a provider of integrity protection of industrial automation and control systems software. Calder joined the company in 2022 as chief commercial officer.

Petrobras has appointed Magda Chambriard as a member of the board of directors and elected her as the company's new CEO. Petrobras approved the early termination of Jean Paul Prates' mandate as CEO through negotiation on May 15. He also submitted his resignation as a member of the board of directors. Read more. 

Hempel A/S has named Emilie Barriau CTO, a new position in the company's executive group.

Wood Mackenzie, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, has appointed Xizhou Zhou executive vice president and head of Power and Renewables. Zhou has joined WoodMac from S&P Global, where he led the Global Power and Renewables division of its Commodity Insights business since the merger of IHS Markit and S&P Global. 

Peter Christian Baggesgaard Hansen will start as the new deputy director general of the Danish Energy Agency, where he will be responsible for the Centre for Green Supply and the Centre for Underground, effective Aug. 1.

Pier Solutions has appointed Gary Gallon managing director of its recently acquired electrical engineering businesses, V-TES and V-TES Renewables. Pier Solutions has an in-house engineering team of structural, architectural and electrical onshore and offshore engineers.  

ASCO, an integrated logistics and materials management specialist, has promoted Thuy Tien Le Guen Dang to the newly created senior role of head of new energy and net zero.

Westerton Access, a provider of specialist inspection, maintenance and integrity services to the energy market, has named Jehan Saeed regional manager for its overall sales and operations in the company’s Middle East region. She was most recently a sales manager for Forum Energy Technologies in the Eastern Hemisphere.

The Woodside board has appointed Anthony (Tony) O’Neill a non-executive director. 

Lai Chung Han has resigned as an independent director of Seatrium Ltd., effective June 30. . The company said he has decided to step down as a director in view of his forthcoming appointment as permanent secretary (development) at the Ministry of Finance.

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Lee Billingham as a new director of Strategy and Energy Transition. Billingham has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, most recently at Innovateer. Prior to this, he worked for bp in a range of leadership roles. 

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has appointed Ian Cooke director of academy.

Ipieca, a global oil and gas association for advancing environmental and social performance across the energy transition, has appointed ExxonMobil’s Paul Krishna as its new chair, following the retirement of Equinor’s Morten Mikkelsen. Prior to Krishna's appointment as chair, he was Ipieca’s vice chair for two years. 

RenewableUK has elected the following new members to its 2024 board: Kerry Hayes, portfolio director, Simply Blue Group; Tristan Zipfel, director of strategy, markets and investments at EDF Renewables; and Susie Lind, managing director, BlueFloat Energy | Renantis Partnership. Zipfel previously served as a co-opted member of the RenewableUK board, and Hayes previously served as chair of the RenewableUK Shadow Board. Lind currently serves as interim vice chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council. They will serve a three-year term, joining the full appointed board of 12 in the autumn, serving from 2024-2025.

Bedford Reinforced Plastics' Founder and CEO Melvin Stahl passed away May 22, 2024, at the age of 88. Stahl started the fiberglass-reinforced plastics manufacturing company in 1974. 

Company news

Noble Corp. and Diamond Offshore Drilling have entered a merger agreement under which Noble will acquire Diamond in a stock plus cash transaction. Read more. 

PGS and TGS received clearance earlier this month from the UK Competition and Markets Authority concerning their planned merger. All conditions for fulfilling the merger have now been satisfied, and the two companies will pursue completion on July 1. Read more. 

Global energy consultancy Xodus has created a new dedicated renewables engineering arm to strengthen its capabilities in the offshore markets: Evolv Energies. The new entity is targeting energy transition contracts in the concept technology, pre-FEED, FEED and detailed design stages of offshore projects. Evolv Energies is expected to recruit 150 people by year-end 2025.

TotalEnergies has entered into an agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary TotalEnergies EP (Brunei) B.V. to Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad, a Malaysian independent oil and gas E&P company, for $259 million. The transaction is expected to close in fourth-quarter 2024.

Consultancy ABL Group completed a transaction June 17 to acquire 100% of the shares of specialist energy consultancy Ross Offshore, which will merge with ABL Group company AGR. Read more. 

SLB and Aker Carbon Capture have finalized the closing of their previously announced joint venture. The new company is said to combine technology portfolios, expertise and operations platforms to support accelerated carbon capture adoption for industrial decarbonization at scale. Read more. 

Nexans has opened its newly expanded high-voltage subsea cable plant in Halden, Norway. This will support various major projects including the company’s recently signed frame agreement with TenneT. Read more. 

3t, a UK-based provider of blended learning solutions for high-hazard industries, has acquired  ALL STOP!, a safety-critical training business in the US. Read more about 3t. 

Base Materials has introduced a buoyancy repair and refurbishment service for ROV owners and operators. The aim is to extend the service life of old, damaged, worn ROV buoyancy modules to save owners from having to acquire new ones or send existing modules to landfill. Read more. 

Viridien, formerly CGG, launched its new brand June 10 at the 2024 EAGE Annual Conference in Oslo. The company says the rebrand is part of its strategic growth as an advanced technology, digital and Earth data company. Read more. 

Shell Eastern Trading Pte. Ltd. has reached an agreement with Carne Investments Pte. Ltd., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek, to acquire 100% of the shares in Pavilion Energy Pte. Ltd. Headquartered in Singapore, Pavilion Energy includes a global LNG trading business with a contracted supply volume comprising about 6.5 mtpa, and its global energy business encompasses LNG trading, shipping, natural gas supply and marketing activities in Asia and Europe.

International, AkzoNobel’s protective coatings brand, has opened a new Rain Erosion Test facility at its global hub for R&D in Felling, UK. This facility has been fitted with sound insulation, a small laboratory and a 1,000-litre water recycling tank, among other design elements. The facility's "Rain Erosion Test" will simulate real-life, harsh weather conditions to test new paint and coatings products specially designed for wind turbine blades.

Construction of the new SeAH Wind Monopile Factory will create 1,500 jobs during the supply chain and construction phases, and an additional 750 jobs once fully operational in 2026. This project, located in Teesworks, is the largest monopile factory globally, spanning a 90-acre site, according to Sarens. Its main structure is 800 m long and has the capacity to produce monopiles weighing up to 3,000 tons. Sarens is involved in the construction of the factory on behalf of its customer Severfield UK and the owner of the facility, SeAH, carrying out erection and heavy transport services.

As part of a restructing plan, CONSUB has divided its operations into three pillars: Oil & Gas, Decommissioning and Renewables. The company provides independent engineering and project management services at all phases of onshore and offshore energy projects, from concept and feasibility to detailed design, construction support and operations. Its clients include Shell, Repsol, ONGC, Eni and Turkish Petroleum.

SPIE Global Services Energy, an international subsidiary of the SPIE Group, the independent European multi-technical service provider in the areas of energy and communications, has created a new business unit: Wind Power, which will be headed by Gianluca Petraccia. This news follows the acquisition of the Correll Group, specialists in offshore wind power.

Corrosion Resistant Alloys has completed the construction of its new manufacturing facility in Brenham, Texas.

IFS, a technology provider of cloud and Industrial AI software, has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Copperleaf Technologies Inc.

The SolarDuck office in Tokyo has expanded. The regional office will oversee business development activities over the entire Asia-Pacific region.

Triton portfolio company Techouse Group AS, a technology provider within the water treatment and energy recovery markets, has signed an agreement to acquire pump and genset supplier Eureka Group AS from Remold Invest AS (a company owned by funds managed by HitecVision), and Aker Capital AS.

AYRO, a company offering wind-assisted ship propulsion systems, rebranded as OceanWings earlier this month.



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