May 2022, Vol. 249, No. 5


People in the News May 2022


Superior Pipeline Company announced three key promotions on its senior management team.  Bill Ward was promoted to president of the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company from senior vice president of Commercial Activities. Ed Alexander was promoted to chief financial officer and controller from senior vice president, Accounting and Administration. Kevin Koerner, who served as vice president, Operations and Engineering, was named senior vice president, Operations and Engineering. Ward joined the company in 2008 and served as vice president of Gas Supply and Business Development until his promotion to senior vice president in 2008. Alexander has held a number of roles at Superior since joining as a financial analyst in 2003, including business manager and director of Accounting and Administration. Koerner joined the company in 2005 as engineering manager and was named director of Engineering in 2010, when he was promoted to vice president of Project Development. He had served in his more recent role since 2014. 

Cameron LNG announced that Whitney “Whit” Fairbanks has been named president of Cameron LNG. Fairbanks joined the company from El Bucare Consulting in Dallas.  He previously held various leadership roles at Hunt Oil Company, including vice president for Strategy and Planning; vice president and general manager, Hunt LNG Operating Company; and general manager, Hunt Marcellus.  During his more than a decade with Hunt, he also managed Hunt LNG Operating Company, the operator of Peru LNG, consisting of a 4.4 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) LNG liquefaction plant, a 400-km natural gas pipeline, and more than 400 employees.  

Global energy services firm PIC Group has appointed Michael Cox as vice president to lead its Operations and Maintenance Business Development group, overseeing the company’s global O&M sales and commercial teams. Cox joins PIC Group from Worley, where he was most recently general manager of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Services. He brings more than 35 years of power generation and power industry commercial experience.  

Greene’s Energy Group has appointed Adam Doyle to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer, replacing Frank Mathews, who transitions to a strategic advisor role and remains on the Greene’s board of directors. Doyle previously served as Greene’s product line leader.  He joined Guardian, Greene’s predecessor company, in 2005 and became general manager when Greene’s acquired the division in 2011. 

Energy systems engineering expert Joseph DeCarolis has been confirmed as the 10th administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In his new role, DeCarolis is responsible for directing the federal government’s primary energy statistical and analytical agency. DeCarolis previously worked as an environmental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. DeCarolis received a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and he holds a BS in Physics and Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University. 

ROSEN continues to expand capabilities and staff at the Aberdeen office it opened in 2018, recently reaching a staff of 20 with the addition of Andreia Meneses as an integrity engineer.  Meneses previously held positions of project and pipeline engineer. Andreia qualified with distinction in Petroleum Production Engineering from Robert Gordon University and recently achieved Charted Engineer status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  

Laurie Argo has joined the board of directors of Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure and will serve as an independent member of its audit committee, the company said. Argo served as senior vice president of Crude Oil, Refined Products and Unregulated NGL Assets for Enterprise Products Holdings, the general partner of Enterprise Products Partners L.P., for two years and previously was CEO of Oiltanking Partners LP, an Enterprise Products Group subsidiary. From 2005 until 2014, Argo held various leadership positions for the Enterprise Products Group’s NGL and Natural Gas Processing businesses. She also serves as an independent director at Rattler Midstream and EVRAZ. 

Clearfork Midstream has added two senior management professionals to its leadership team. Will Page joined the company as chief financial officer and a member of the board of directors, and Victor Davis joined as executive vice president of Operations. Page has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, most recently at Donovan Ventures, where he played a key role in Clearfork’s formation, financing and acquisition of Haynesville natural gathering and treating system. Davis brings more than 25 years of upstream and midstream operations and project management experience. He previously was vice president of Operations for Azure Midstream and its predecessor, TGGT Midstream, and directed midstream operations for EXCO Resources. 

ComEd announced that Lisa Graham has been promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. A 12-year company veteran, Graham succeeds Joe Trpik, who served as interim CFO after the appointment of Jeanne Jones to senior vice president of Corporate Finance for Exelon, ComEd’s parent company. Trpik was recently named Exelon’s senior vice president and corporate controller, replacing Fabian Souza, who left the company. Graham previously served four years as treasurer and two years as assistant treasurer at Exelon.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics from Colgate University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.   

OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG), announced Hugh Donnell has joined the company as its senior vice president of Business Development and Sustainability. Donnell brings to three decades of sales and management experience at Cummins. In his most recent role at Cummins Westport, Donnell was responsible for the business and market development of renewable natural gas engines, which included working closely with state and federal government air quality agencies. 

Takeuchi-US has named Joseph Funk as its new regional business manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. Funk will be responsible for all sales development and activity in the region, including dealer development, dealer recruitment, inventory control, forecasting, program promotion and communication. Based in Gainesville, Georgia, Funk joins Takeuchi from Fieldale Farms, a large food distributor, where he was a sales manager. Before that, Funk worked in a number of customer service and inside sales roles including Neff Rental, a construction equipment rental company. 

Ranger Oil Corporation announced the promotion of Julia Gwaltney to the role of senior vice president and chief operating officer. Gwaltney joined the Company in January 2021 as senior vice president of Development. She previously was COO at Gary Permian, where she led its entry into the Delaware Basin.  Earlier, she led Western Operations as vice president at Samson Resources, overseeing its assets in the Williston, Powder River, San Juan and Green River basins, after serving in various roles at Encana and Burlington Resources. 

Texas Pacific Land Corporation announced it has appointed Rhys J. Best and Karl F. Kurz as directors and increased the size of its board to 10 directors.  Kurz has more than 35 years of energy and infrastructure industry experience, including nine years at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where he held executive roles as chief operating officer and senior vice president of Northern America Operations, Midstream and Marketing. Best is the former chairman and CEO of Lone Star Technologies, from which he retired after its merger with United States Steel Company. He has extensive corporate leadership and governance experience through participation on numerous boards of directors of public companies, including Cabot Oil and Gas. 

Opportune LLP, an energy business advisory firm, named Nichole Jaggers as chief people officer. Jaggers brings more than a decade of experience to Opportune, where she previously was human resources manager, including head of talent at BPX Energy. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Business from Texas A&M University. 

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