March 2020, Vol. 247, No. 3

People in the News


Dresser Natural Gas Solutions appointed Chris Watkins as district sales manager for its Industrial Products Group. Watkins will be responsible for managing channel partners for the RCS actuator brand. Watkins brings nearly three decades of sales and management experience in the oil and gas industry as well as industrial markets. 


Wholesale propane equipment distributor Bergquist, Inc., promoted former Vice President of Operations Lauren Clark to the position of president, with responsibility for all operations. Clark joined the family in 2009 and has been actively involved with the company’s continued growth over the past decade. Bergquist also announced new roles for three other executives: Bob Barry, chief financial officer; Joe Montroy, vice president of Sales; and Scott Biggs, director of Outside Sales.


Gulfport Energy announced that Valerie Jochen has been appointed to its board of directors. Jochen has more than 35 years of technical industry experience and serves as a professor of practice in Reservoir Engineering at Texas A&M University, following a nearly 20-year career at Schlumberger. 


Aker Energy named Kadijah Amoah country director of Aker Energy Ghana Ltd., following the Norway-based company’s strategy to strengthen its local presence and management in Ghana. She will serve on Aker’s executive management team in addition to heading its Ghana office and will work closely with affiliated companies AGM Petroleum Ghana Limited and Aker Ghana Investment Company in Ghana – two companies with the same majority owner as Aker Energy, and hold directorships in both companies.


T.D. Williamson appointed Jeff Wilson as vice president, Eastern Hemisphere, and the promotion of Rich Kehl to vice president, Global Engineering Solutions. Wilson joined TDW in 2007 and previously served as vice president of Global Engineering Solutions, successfully launching numerous products and services and overseeing the TDW patent portfolio. Wilson will relocate from TDW headquarters in Tulsa to the Global Solutions Center in Nivelles, Belgium. Kehl was senior director, Advanced Isolation Solutions and has been instrumental in expanding the company’s market position and portfolio offering. 

Jeff Wilson
Jeff Wilson
Rich Kehl
Rich Kehl





Stanley Gardner joined Gulfstream Services’ new Midland, Texas, office as  sales representative to support the company’s Permian Basin expansion.  Keith Foley has joined the company’s Houston office to focus on GSI’s offshore business after 36 years with Halliburton.


Lafayette, Louisiana-based Stratagraph, mud-logging and pressure detection services company, named William A. Hagan to the position of president and chief executive officer. Most recently president at Stratagraph, Hagan has performed roles in sales, business development, marketing, operations and mud logging since starting his career with the company in 1998.


Downey, Calif.-based Farwest Corrosion Control Company announced Tim Mullen joined the company as Southwestern C.P. supervisor in Phoenix. Mullen has more than 20 years of experience in the cathodic protection industry. He holds a NACE CP2 certification and has worked throughout the U.S. on construction and technical projects related to corrosion protection.


Amy Holmes has been named vice president & general counsel of Express Energy Services, a Houston-based oilfield services company and provider of products and services, including well construction and well testing. Holmes joins Express from Scientific Drilling International, where she served as vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary since 2014. She previously was at Nalco Champion and Champion Technologies.  


Sparrows Group, the specialist equipment and integrated engineering services firm, announced Dave Morrow has been named regional director to oversee operations in the Middle East, India and Caspian (MEIC) region. Morrow, who will be based in Dubai, has more than 20 years of experience in the drilling sector. Sparrows said its MEIC and Asia Pacific operations had been managed by a single director, but the company split responsibility due to its growth in the regions.


KorTerra, Inc., a SaaS utility damage prevention software solutions provider located in Minneapolis, has appointed Bill Hunt as its chief technology officer, with responsibility for shaping the company’s technology strategy and driving innovation.

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