March 2022, Vol. 249, No. 3


People in the News March 2022



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Rich Glick announced that Nicole Sitaraman has joined the Office of Public Participation (OPP) as deputy director.  OPP is the newest office at FERC, created last year to help the public engage with the commission’s regulatory process. 


Sitaraman has significant experience in clean energy policy, environmental justice, consumer advocacy and stakeholder engagement.  She previously was vice president of External Affairs and Policy at Sustainable Capital Advisors and served as senior manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc. 


Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announced Heather Castleman has been named director of Mergers & Acquisitions for Marketing Americas Industrial while continuing in her role as senior director of Strategy & Marketing. In her expanded role, she will focus on accelerating growth through acquisitions in North America and Brazil. Castleman has been with Trelleborg since 2004.   


CenterPoint Energy announced several leadership promotions and appointments: Scott E. Doyle, executive vice president, Natural Gas, was named executive vice president, Utility Operations, overseeing CenterPoint’s natural gas and electric utility operations; Lynne Harkel-Rumford, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, was promoted to executive vice president and chief human resources officer; Monica Karuturi, senior vice president and general counsel, was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel; and Jason M. Ryan, senior vice president, Regulatory Services and Government Affairs, was promoted to executive vice president, Regulatory Services and Government affairs. Also, Kristie L. Colvin, senior vice president and chief accounting officer, has become senior vice president, Finance, and will no longer serve as chief accounting officer. Stacey L. Peterson was named senior vice president and chief accounting officer.  




MacDermid Offshore Solutions appointed Ken McKenzie as global director of Drilling Products and Daniel L. Gaspard as global director of subsea products, both based in Houston. McKenzie previously served as MacDermid’s regional sales director, Asia and Middle East, based in Singapore and Australia. Gaspard has held a variety of senior-level roles during his 22-year career in the subsea oil and gas industry, most recently serving as president and CEO of TTL Subsea.   




Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announced the appointment of Heather Castleman as director, Mergers & Acquisitions for Marketing Americas Industrial. In this new role, Castleman will focus on accelerating growth through acquisitions in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.  Along with her new position, Castleman will continue in her current role as senior director, Strategy & Marketing for Marketing Americas. She has been with Trelleborg since 2004.  


Williams’ Board of Directors appointed Richard E. Muncrief and Jesse J. Tyson as independent directors, effective March 1. Muncrief brings more than 40 years of experience in energy, primarily from the upstream sector, currently serving as president and CEO of Devon Energy. Tyson built a 35-year global career with ExxonMobil that included leadership roles in marketing, logistics, safety and operations. After retiring from ExxonMobil, he became president and chief executive officer of the National Black MBA Association from 2012 to 2018.  


Barko Hydraulics said Tom Sermersheim joined the company as aftermarket manager to help develop its Aftermarket Parts Department. Before joining Barko, Sermersheim held product management, development and aftermarket roles at Harley-Davidson, Yamaha Motor Company, CNH Industrial and Mercury Marine. He has an MBA in Quantitative Analysis & Operations Management from Marquette University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


Phoenix International Holdings announced that Michael Sonnenberg has joined the company as general manager of its Norfolk, Virginia, office.  As a U.S. Navy master diver, master chief, and master training specialist-instructor, he brings to Phoenix his extensive 29 years of experience in air and mixed gas diving, salvage and underwater ship husbandry. He holds a bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Thomas Edison State University.  


At Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Jeff Sylvester was promoted to chief operating officer and assumes responsibilities for the company’s business operations. Kevin Webber was promoted to chief development officer, responsible for business development, energy logistics, sales and the incubation of new business opportunities such as renewable natural gas, hydrogen and a new environmental sustainability office. Michael Galtman was promoted to senior vice president and chief accounting officer, overseeing the technical accounting, financial reporting, financial analysis and planning functions for the company. Mike Cassel was promoted to vice president, governmental and regulatory affairs, where he will continue to strengthen efforts in gas advocacy with external stakeholders and advance strategic regulatory efforts. Stacie Roberts was promoted to vice president, corporate governance, where she will continue to provide guidance to the company’s leadership team, including the board of directors, on corporate governance and compliance matters. And Lindsay Orr was promoted to assistant vice president and associate general counsel, where she will continue to help develop and expand the company’s internal legal efforts.  


Twin Brothers Marine appointed Darrell J. Webster as its president and Ranis (Ray) Avet to serve in a business development role. Webster will be based in Louisiana and hold overall responsibility for daily operations for the company. He has served for 28 years in a variety of leadership positions. Avet, also be based in Louisiana, has more than 40 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development roles with pipeline, construction and fabrication firms in Louisiana and Texas.  



Law Firm Babst Calland announced the additions within its Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental and Pipeline and HazMat Safety groups.  Christopher Hoidal becomes senior director of safety and Christopher Kuhman is now  an associate. Hoidal brings more than 30 years of experience in various leadership roles with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). With his extensive knowledge of pipeline safety regulations, industry codes and standards and agency policy, he guides industry stakeholders seeking to improve regulatory compliance and safety performance. Kuhman previously worked as a policy advisor for the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he helped to develop legislative and regulatory positions on pipeline safety matters. Before his work at API, Chris served as an engineer for a gas distribution company and an upstream energy services company.


Takeuchi-US has named Eric Wenzel as its new southeast regional business manager. In his new role, Wenzel will be responsible for managing all sales activity in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, with duties including dealer development and recruitment, inventory control, forecasting, promotions and the support of national and direct accounts.  Based in the Savannah, Georgia, area, Wenzel joins Takeuchi from H&E Equipment Services, where he served as a district manager responsible for multiple states. Previously, he was a branch manager.   


American Water Works Company announced that James H. Gallegos has been named the executive vice president and general counsel, effective April 1, replacing Mike Sgro, who retired. Gallegos most recently served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Alliant Energy Corporation, which provides regulated electric and natural gas service to approximately 975,000 electric and approximately 420,000 natural gas customers in the Midwest.  

New Jersey Resources announced a series of executive and senior leadership promotions: Patrick Migliaccio was named senior vice president and chief operating officer of New Jersey Natural Gas; Roberto Bel was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer of NJR; Sean Annitto succeeds Vice President Timothy Shea, who is retiring from NJR Energy Services, and will lead NJR’s unregulated wholesale natural gas marketing business; Robert Pohlman was promoted to vice president of strategy, communications, government relations and policy of NJR; and Daniel Sergott was promoted to treasurer of NJR.





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