September 2022, Vol. 249, No. 9


People in the News September 2022


Canadian pipeline operator Trans Mountain Corporation named Dawn Farrell as president, CEO and a member of its board of directors. Farrell brings over 35 years of energy experience, most recently at TransAlta Corporation, where she served more than nine years as president and CEO after three years as its chief operating officer. She is currently the chair of the board for The Chemours Company and Portland General Electric and serves as chancellor for Mount Royal University. She also is a member of the Trilateral Commission, a non-governmental, policy-oriented international forum, as well as community champion for Momentum. A Calgary, Alberta, native, Farrell graduated with bachelor of commerce and master of arts degrees from the University of Calgary and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. 

Ameren Corporation announced that Leonard “Lenny” Singh was named chairman and president of electric and natural gas utility Ameren Illinois. Singh replaces Richard Mark, who retired Aug. 1 after serving as president of Ameren Illinois since 2012 following 10 years in executive leadership at Ameren Missouri. Singh, a native of Guyana who immigrated to the New York City area in the 1980s, has spent more than 30 years in the utility industry and has extensive experience in both electric and natural gas operations. Most recently, he was senior vice president at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, where he previously led Customer Energy Solutions and Manhattan Electric Operations, as well as serving as chief engineer and general manager of Gas Operations. Singh holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University, and an MBA from Columbia University.  

McElroy, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, designer and manufacturer of Thermoplastic fusion equipment, has hired Eric Duerr as its new purchasing manager. A native Oklahoman, Duerr brings 15 years of experience in procurement, sourcing and inventory management, mainly in the oil and gas industry. He has developed and led purchasing and sourcing teams in the United States, Canada, Egypt, and the United Kingdom, most recently as western hemisphere strategic sourcing manager for TD Williamson. Duerr holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University. 

Law firm BakerHostetler announced that Ryan Pittman has joined its Litigation Practice Group in Houston as a partner and member of its Energy Industry team. Ryan, an independent landman before attending law school, was most recently with GableGotwals. He has represented operators in various aspects of oil and gas litigation, including midstream and E&P companies and public utilities. He also worked as an independent landman before law school.  

Colonial Oil Industries appointed Bob Kenyon as division president of its Savannah, Georgia-based Colonial Group subsidiary. Kenyon brings 28 years of experience in fuel operations, most recently as senior vice president of Sales & Marketing at Renewable Energy Group. He is also the former president of Atlas Oil Company. Kenyon holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Eastern Michigan University and has completed advanced executive education studies at the University of Michigan. Kenyon’s appointment coincided with Colonial Oil Industries’ acquisition of Peak Energy/Haywood Oil Company. 

Houston-based natural gas storage company Enstor Gas named KJ Ko as senior vice president of Commercial Services. In his new role, Ko is responsible for the development and management of commercial accounts for Enstor’s hub services, as well as risk management. Prior to joining Enstor, Ko served as vice president of commercial services at Leaf River Energy Center, a New Jersey Resources company, where he focused on asset optimization, trading, and business development. Before that, he was manager of trading and business development at Midstream Energy Holdings after serving as consultant at Black & Veatch and senior associate at Lukens Energy Group. 

Citizens Energy Group announced that Craig Jackson has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Jackson succeeds John Brehm, who retired March 31 after more than 17 years at Citizens. Prior to joining Citizens, Jackson served as group CFO at MasTec Inc., a multinational infrastructure engineering and construction company. Before that, he was with Dayton Power & Light Company and AES Corporation in roles that included serving as CFO of AES’s U.S. Strategic Business Unit and president and CEO of AES U.S. Utilities. Joseph M. Sutherland has been named vice president, Regulatory and External Affairs, succeeding LaTona Prentice, who retired after more than 37 years at Citizens. Prior to joining Citizens in 2014, Sutherland was president and managing director of Utilitus LLC, a consulting practice focused on strategic public policy development, legislative representation and regulatory advocacy for utility industry clients.  

Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. announced that the Southwest Gas board of directors has appointed Karen S. Haller, executive vice president, as president and CEO. Haller succeeds John P. Hester, who retired and resigned from the board. Haller joined Southwest Gas in March 1997 and has served as executive vice president and chief legal and administrative officer of the company since May 2018. She previously served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary starting in 2017. Haller holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wyoming and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School. 

VideoRay, a Pennsylvania-based provider of underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology, has promoted Andy Goldstein to chief operating officer from vice president, engineering and operations. Goldstein joined VideoRay in 2009 as a software engineer working on critical projects and began managing VideoRay’s Engineering department in 2015. Four years later his role expanded to include running production, supply chain and quality control functions. 

Fecon has named Brandon Flexsenhar as chief operating officer, a new position within the company. Flexsenhar has served in a variety of production and operations positions with companies such as Caterpillar, LB Steel, Fairbanks Morse Engine, Putzmeister and, most recently, KION, where he was vice president of Operations. As COO at Fecon, Flexsenhar will focus on improving supply chain reliability, lean manufacturing, continuous quality improvement and production footprint optimization, the company said.  

John “Jack” Tulaney has been named an account administrator in the Environmental and Construction Professional (ECP) Practice of RT Specialty. He is responsible for supporting the account management, new business and policy servicing efforts of the company’s senior leadership team. Prior to joining RT ECP, Tulaney served as an assistant broker at Hull & Company in Horsham, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on risk management and insurance from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.  

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