Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of
Mexico, has appointed Carlos Alberto Trev-
iño Medina as CEO of
(PEMEX). He succeeds
José Antonio González
Anaya, who acted as the
head of the state-owned
from February 2016 to
date. González Anaya
was in turn appointed by
the chief of the federal
executive power as Minister of Finance and
The Exxon Mobil Corp. board of directors
has elected Neil Chapman to senior vice
president and member of the corporation’s
management committee. As successor to
Chapman, the board also appointed John Verity as president of ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
After eight years as CEO of CGG, Jean-
Georges Malcor has decided, in agreement
with the board of directors, not to pursue his
mandate of CEO once
the restructuring pro-
cess is completed. The
board has launched the
search for his successor.
Akastor ASA has ap-
pointed Karl Erik Kjel-
stad as CEO. He suc-
ceeds Kristian Røkke,
who has been appointed
chief investment officer
of Aker ASA.
Decom North Sea
has appointed Dr. Tom
Leeson as interim CEO.
Tendeka has ap-
pointed Brad Baker as
has appointed Alan
Brunnen as its new
chairman. He takes over
the role from David
Pridden, who resigned
in October due to an
Petrofac Ltd. Chair-
man Rijnhard van Tets
has notified the board
of his intention to step
down from the Board
at the May 2018 Annual
General Meeting after an 11-year tenure. He
will be succeeded by current senior indepen-
dent director René Médori. The company
also has appointed Sara Akbar as a non-
Neil McCulloch has stepped down as COO
and executive director of EnQuest plc. The
company has appointed Faysal Hamza as
interim head of North Sea, Bob Davenport
as managing director,
North Sea, and John
Penrose as managing
has appointed Steven
Thrasher as regional
vice president for the
The Energy Industries
Council has appointed
Louise Ledgard and Duncan Reed to its
board of directors.
Subsea UK’s board members for 2018-19
are: Bill Edgar, Subsea UK (chairman); Neil
Gordon, Subsea UK (chief executive); David
Rennie, Scottish Enterprise; Bill Cattanach,
the Oil & Gas Authority; Mark Richardson,
Apache North Sea; David Sheret, Archer
Knight Ltd.; Nicky Etherson, Bibby Off-
shore; Zander Bruce, BP North Sea; Geoff
L yons, BPP-TECH; Peter Blake, Chevron
Energy Technology; Tim Sheehan, Ocea-
neering; Cameron Mitchell, Shell UK; and
Phil Simons, Subsea 7.
The Oil & Gas Technology Centre has
hired Roger Esson as manager of the De-
commissioning Solution Centre.
The 15th annual Deepwater Operations Conference & Exhi-
bition was held Nov. 7-9, 2017, at the Moody Gardens Hotel and
Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.
Jade Juzswik of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. won the best
presentation award. Her presentation, “Horn Mountain: Flow
Assurance Chemical Optimization,” highlighted Anadarko’s
work to align operating philosophies across three new off-
shore platforms that it acquired from another GoM operator.
Through simulations, the flow assurance and chemical teams
were able to optimize the use of hydrate inhibition chemicals.
Additionally, prior operating experience, inhibitor qualification
work, and pigging returns allowed for discontinuation of a
combo asphaltene/paraffin inhibitor chemical, further reduc-
ing operational costs.
Bryan Arciero of Murphy Exploration & Production Co.
received the best presenter award. His presentation, “Devel-
oping an Operator-Driven Cost-Effective Chemical Manage-
ment Program,” discussed the strategy that reduced opex
significantly while improving chemical-application effective-
ness across subsea and topsides applications.
The annual event returns Nov. 6-8, 2018, at Moody Gardens.
2017 Deepwater Operations Advisory Board. Back row from left to right: David Sedge, Wood; Ger-
hard Visser, Williams; Richard Loveland, BP; Pete Stracke, Statoil; Mike Lynch, Granherne; Raffaello
Rapacioli, Eni Petroleum; Will Hernandez, Quality Companies USA; Brent Barry, BHP Billiton
Front row from left to right: Fernando Gama, Petrobras; Patrick Hogelin, Noble Energy; Julia Hed-
derson, TechnipFMC; Advisory Board Chairman Amro Hamza, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; Chuck
Blevins, Chevron; Rusty Desormeaux, Murphy E&P Co.; Paul Danos, Danos; Christopher Landry,
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Missing: Conference Director David Paganie, Penn Well.