James D. Woods, 86, former chairman, president and CEO of Baker Hughes Inc. and noted philanthropist, passed away in Houston on Feb. 4. He retired from the company in 1997, after joining Baker Oil Tools in 1955 and spending his entire career there. Woods was a past president of the Petroleum Equipment and Suppliers Association and the National Ocean Industries Association.

Respected oil and gas veteran Ted Collins Jr., 79, unexpectedly passed away in January. Throughout a 50-year career, he served as director at several large energy companies, including RSP Permian Inc. and Oasis Petroleum Inc.

David Williams retired as chairman, president and CEO of Noble Corp. Plc in January. Julie Robertson was named his successor.

Jack Gerard, the American Petroleum Institute’s president and CEO, will step down in August. As of press time, the association had not yet named a successor.

Pat Lawless of EM&I Group was promoted to CEO.

Wentworth Resources Ltd. promoted Eskil Jersing to CEO, commencing second-quarter 2018.

J. Blair Goertzen resigned as a director of Zedcor Energy Inc. due to other work commitments. Andy Purves was named a director of the company and Ian H. McKinnon was named president, CEO and a board member.

Michael Watford, chairman and CEO of Ultra Petroleum Corp., retired, and Brad Johnson was named interim CEO.

Vanguard Natural Resources Inc. appointed Richard Scott Sloan president and CEO, succeeding Scott W. Smith. In addition, Ryan Midgett was elected CFO and Patty Avila-Eady chief accounting officer.

Dave T. Ho of Sixty Six Oilfield Services Inc. was elected president and CEO. He also serves on the board of directors. In addition, Jim Frazier stepped down as president to focus solely on the development of the oilfield service sector. He is now executive vice president.

Lifting Equipment Engineers Association appointed Dr. Ross Moloney CEO, and Paul Fulcher was elected chairman on the board of directors.

Michael Ciskowski, executive vice president and CFO of Valero Energy Corp., will retire in May. Donna Titzman will be his successor.

Bengal Energy Ltd. welcomed Matthew Moorman as its new CFO.

Rex Energy Corp. promoted Curt Walker to CFO.

Ikkuma Resources Corp. named John Van de Pol senior vice president and CFO.

NXT Energy Solutions Inc. appointed Jakub Brogowski vice president of finance and CFO.

Targa Resources Corp. named Matthew J. Meloy president, Patrick J. McDonie president of gathering and processing, D. Scott Pryor president of logistics and marketing, Robert M. Muraro chief commercial officer and Jennifer R. Kneale CFO.

Gen III Oil Corp.’s Gordon Driedger was promoted to COO.

Randy Steele of Pengrowth Energy Corp. was named COO, and Steve De Maio resigned as senior vice president of thermal operations.

Starlee Sykes was appointed BP’s regional president for the Gulf of Mexico and Canada, succeeding retiree Richard Morrison.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. appointed Brian K. Partee vice president of business development and Rick Linhardt vice president of tax.

Chevron Corp. promoted Bruce Niemeyer, vice president of Chevron’s Mid-Continent business unit, to corporate vice president of strategic planning. Niemeyer was succeeded by Jeff Gustavson, Chevron Canada Ltd.’s president. In addition, Jim Umpleby was elected to Chevron’s board of directors.

UTEC selected Bill Hickie as business unit director of its Middle East and Caspian operations.

Rovco selected Liam Warren as operations manager.

Galtway Industries LLC promoted Greg Gilbert to vice president of sales.

Matador Resources Co. appointed Timothy E. Parker to the company’s board of directors.

Exxon Mobil Corp. elected Steven A. Kandarian to its board of directors.

Europa Oil & Gas Plc’s board of directors elected Simon Oddie nonexecutive chairman, succeeding Colin Bousfield. In addition, Brian O’Cathain was appointed nonexecutive director.

Tap Oil Ltd. elected Blaine Ulmer nonexecutive director of the company, and Chris Newton and Govert van Ek were appointed directors.

TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. appointed Mary-Jo Case to its board of directors.

Hugh Saville of the Energy Industries Council was elected board chairman.

SRC Energy Inc.’s board of directors appointed Jennifer S. Zucker independent director.


Total signed an agreement to acquire Samson Offshore Anchor LLC.

Transocean Ltd.’s acquisition of Songa Offshore SE is expected to close by the end of first-quarter 2018.

Beach Energy Ltd. acquired Lattice Energy Ltd. from Origin Energy Ltd.

FairfieldNodal finalized its agreement to purchase WGP Group Ltd., a provider of marine geophysical services.

Vermilion Energy Inc. entered into an agreement to purchase Privateco. The $90.8-million deal was expected to close Feb. 15.

Blackstone Industrial Services acquired Nuovo Parts Inc., a distributor and authorized service and sales channel of Baker Hughes, GE company.