Executive Bios

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2016 SPE President

Nathan Meehan
Senior Executive Adviser
Baker Hughes

D. Nathan Meehan, 2016 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) president, is senior executive adviser at Baker Hughes, advising executive management on reservoir and geoscience issues. Previously, he was president of CMG Petroleum Consulting, vice president of engineering for Occidental Oil & Gas; and general manager exploration and production at Union Pacific Resources.

Meehan earned a BSc in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MSc in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. He previously served as chairman of the CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation and as director of the Computer Modelling Group, Vanyoganeft Oil Company, Pinnacle Technologies, SPE Board of Directors, and JOA Oil & Gas BV. He served on advisory boards of The University of Texas and the University of Houston and currently serves on the EME industry relations board at Pennsylvania State, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Advisory Board of World Oil. He is the recipient of the Lester C. Uren Award for Distinguished Achievement in Petroleum Engineering and the Degolyer Distinguished Service Medal and served as a Distinguished Lecturer. He is a licensed professional engineer in four states and has published scores of papers.

Jeff Spath

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2015 SPE President

Helge Hove Haldorsen
Director General, Statoil Mexico

Helge Hove Haldorsen currently serves as Director General, Statoil Mexico after serving as vice president of strategy and portfolio for Statoil North America in Houston, Texas. Prior to his tenure at Statoil, Haldorsen worked for Norsk Hydro in various roles, including chief reservoir engineer, vice president technology and competence, vice president exploration and research, senior vice president international exploration and production, and president Hydro Gulf of Mexico.

He has also held various engineering positions at British Petroleum, Standard Oil of Ohio (Sohio), and ExxonMobil (Esso Exploration). He was a second lieutenant in the Royal Norwegian Navy and professor of industrial mathematics at the University of Oslo as well as a lecturer at Stanford University in California.

He has served on the Society of Petroleum Engineer's board of directors for three years. He also has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and Distinguished Author in JPT. He has authored numerous technical papers and articles.

Haldorsen earned an MS in petroleum engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and a PhD in reservoir engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He served on the Offshore Technology Conference board of directors and currently serves on the OTC d5 event board of directors and on the external advisory board for the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jannen Judah

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2017 SPE President

Janeen Judah
General Manager

Janeen Judah is the General Manager for Chevron’s Southern Africa Business Unit, based in Houston, Texas.

Prior positions include President of Chevron Environmental Management Company and General Manager of Reservoir and Production Engineering for Chevron Energy Technology Company. Before joining Chevron, she worked for Texaco and ARCO in various upstream petroleum engineering positions, starting in Midland in 1980.

Judah has held many SPE leadership positions, including chairing both the Gulf Coast and Permian Basin sections and serving on the Board 2003-2006 as Director for the Gulf Coast North America Region. She was named a Distinguished Member of SPE in 2003 and received the Distinguished Service award in 2010.

Judah holds BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center.

Jannen Judah

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Vice President, Finance

Roland Moreau
ExxonMobil Annuitant

Roland retired from ExxonMobil after 34 years of service, having spent much of his career in various management, leadership, and technical positions in the Production, Development, Research, and Refining business sectors. He also served as the Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Technical Director for the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) Board of Directors from 2011-2014. Prior to ExxonMobil, Roland also worked for 5 years in the naval nuclear industry. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975, followed by an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984; he is currently enrolled in a certified financial planning program at Rice University.

Roland remains active on various SPE initiatives in the HSSE-SR area and also serves as chair of the HSE Now editorial advisory committee.


Mark Rubin

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CEO and Executive Vice President

Mark A. Rubin

Mark Rubin is responsible for overall management of SPE. He works with the Board of Directors and senior staff to develop strategic and business plans and formulate the organization’s goals, objectives, policies, and programs. He also organizes and directs the global staff organization, which includes offices in Dallas, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, London, and Moscow, to ensure the accomplishment of SPE’s mission.

He was appointed executive director of SPE in August 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as upstream general manager for the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Washington, D.C. He joined API in 1988 and held a series of positions working on federal regulatory and legislative matters as well as technical standards development.

A member of SPE since 1979, Rubin held petroleum engineering positions for Unocal in Houston and east Texas from 1981 to 1987 and for Buttes Resources in Dallas 1987–88. Rubin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. He has been a member of the National Petroleum Council, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Stephen Graham

Chief Operations Officer

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham is responsible for SPE global operations including all conferences, exhibitions, forums, and workshops. He also is executive director for the Offshore Technology Conference. Prior to his appointment as chief operations officer, he served as managing director, Americas. He joined SPE in 2001.

Before joining SPE, Graham was division controller for Mentor Graphics, a software company. Before that, he worked for Atlantic Richfield Company for 19 years. He held several financial positions including assignments in Shekou, People’s Republic of China; Dallas, Houston; and Bakersfield, CA. He worked for the International Division for nine years traveling to many worldwide E&P operating locations.

Graham has an MBA from California State University and a BBA in accounting from Texas A&M University. He is a certified association executive and certified public accountant.


Georgeann Bilich

Vice President, Communications

Glenda Smith

Glenda Smith directs all SPE print and electronic publications, external and internal communications, public relations, and energy education. She joined SPE in 2002 and has previously served as senior manager, web content, and senior manager, technical publications.

A member of SPE since 1990, Smith previously worked for the Oil & Gas Journal, ICF Resources, and the American Petroleum Institute. She is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, American Society of Association Executives, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing. She is the author of seven SPE papers.

Smith has a BS in economics from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from George Mason University.


Steve Byrne

CFO and Director Business Services

Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne is responsible for global financial reporting and consolidation of SPE; treasury and investment services; facilities management; and coordination of the global audit and consolidation of all SPE legal entities.

Before joining SPE, Byrne was controller for ThinkSpark, an Oracle database and consulting firm for 2½ years. Prior to ThinkSpark, he worked for ARCO for 16 years where he held various financial and tax positions in US operations as well as the international division.

He received his BBA in accounting and finance from Texas A&M University in 1983 and became a certified public accountant in 1986.


John Boden

Vice President of Information and Member Services

John Boden

John Boden joined SPE in 2014 and is responsible for SPE’s Information Technology, Member Services, Technical Activities, and Data Governance programs. He works with executives and senior staff to streamline information technology and member programs.

Prior to SPE, Boden was vice president of product innovation and carrier relations at SaskTel, and CTO and SVP corporate development at Movius Interactive. Additionally, he held several other executive level roles leading innovation, strategy, R&D, process improvement, and business development in the telecommunications industry.

Boden graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics.


Roberto Chiarotti

Vice President Sales and Marketing

Roberto Chiarotti

Roberto Chiarotti leads SPE’s global sales and marketing efforts. He is responsible for driving global revenues for existing and new conferences, workshops, and publications. He also is responsible for the identification and realization of growth and alliance opportunities internationally as well as leadership and management of relationships with key partnerships and sister societies. He joined SPE in 2011 as director of global business development and sales.

Before joining SPE, Chiarotti ran the global commercial functions of Reuters Professional Publishing at Thomson Reuters, which included the management of the global sales and business development team responsible for magazines and websites, conferences and awards, and news and data.

He began his career in public affairs for the World Coal Institute before joining the Financial Times Group where he became global publishing director for Financial Times Energy, responsible for the London and Washington publishing units.

He holds a degree in business management.


Leigh Ann Runyan

Director, North America Events

Leigh Ann Runyan

Leigh Ann Runyan is responsible for the management of all SPE events throughout North America including the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, the society’s annual meeting. She manages the senior managers responsible for USA meetings, Canada operations, Registration Services, OTC, and related Marketing support.

Prior to SPE, Runyan was with the American Heart Association for 21 years where she held several positions in Meetings and Professional Education. Her last position before leaving AHA was vice president, Meetings. Her primary responsibility as vice president was the overall management of the department's 250-plus meetings annually, including AHA’s largest meeting of 18,000 attendees.

Runyan graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BS in finance and later earned a BS in hotel administration from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She is a certified meeting professional and a member of the Professional Convention Management Association.


Jane Boyce

Director, Member Programs and Services

Jane Boyce

Jane Boyce is responsible for membership activities, which includes membership development and retention, section and regional programs, and young member programs; technical and professional activities, which include technical sections, technical interest groups, certification, and awards; customer service; and the SPE Foundation. 

Boyce joined SPE in 1989 as manager, member services. She was also senior manager, member services. Before joining SPE, she held management positions with the American Institute of Banking in Dallas and Life Office Management Association in Atlanta.

She has a BBA degree in management from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.


John Donnelly

Director, Magazines and Web Content

John Donnelly

John Donnelly is director of magazines and web content and editor of the Journal of Petroleum Technology. His responsibilities include management of SPE’s website, www.spe.org, as well as its periodicals including JPT, Oil and Gas Facilities, The Way Ahead, and HSE Now.

He has covered global oil and gas as an editor and writer for more than 20 years. Prior to being named JPT editor in 2001, he was senior editor, Americas for the international oil publishing company Argus Media. He also served as business editor and assistant city editor for the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper.

Donnelly earned a journalism degree with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.


Saibal Mukherjee

Director, Information Technology

Saibal Mukherjee

Saibal Mukherjee is the Director of Information Technology at SPE.

Before joining SPE in 2014, Mukherjee founded and ran a software as a service startup for a couple of years. Prior to that, Mukherjee held senior management positions for more than 20 years at Nortel, Motorola, Tektronix, Ericsson, leading large customer operations & projects for AT&T, Sprint, Telefonica, KDDI and Orange. He has worked in France, Ireland, Austria, Israel and UK.

Mukherjee holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Texas.


Saibal Mukherjee

Director, Latin America and Caribbean Activities

Solange Ferreira

Solange Ferreira is the Director for the SPE Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. She serves as a strategic liaison and works in close collaboration with all areas to assure the successful execution of SPE programs and initiatives in this geographic region. Solange began working at SPE in 1999, having previously worked in the financial and education divisions of the Brazilian and Canadian governments, and in the logistics and operations of classical music events in Europe and Brazil. She holds a master’s degree in international management studies from University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor of arts degree in social communications with a specialization in public relations from Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil (PUCCAMP). She also received a degree in convention and meeting management from George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto, Canada. Solange fluently speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


Director of Events, Asia Pacific

Michelle Tan

Michelle Tan is the Director of Events for SPE in Asia Pacific, and she leads the Events team based in Kuala Lumpur. Michelle joined SPE in 2014 and oversees delivery of the region’s conferences and exhibitions, workshops and forums.

She has 15 years of experience in the global events industry, first joining the Institute for International Research, now an Informa business, in Australia and then moved within the Informa group to New York as Managing Director of its Finance and Investment Division responsible for the portfolio of alternative and institutional investments, and wealth management events. Michelle’s experience also includes roles in general management, and project and programme development with IIR Middle East in Dubai, AsianInvestor in Hong Kong, and United Business Media (UBM) in ASEAN.

Michelle is experienced in brand extensions with the expansion of events and has worked with various stakeholders through international and local joint-venture projects in North America, Europe, MENA and Asia. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Melbourne, Australia and her special interests include social entrepreneurship, women and finance, and education.


Director, Europe, Caspian and Sub-Saharan Africa Events

Sue Frye

Sue Frye is responsible for the management of all events located in Europe, Caspian and Sub-Saharan Africa and is based in the SPE London office. The portfolio of events which she oversees includes the flagship conference and exhibition, Offshore Europe. Frye originally joined the SPE in 2011 as the region’s Senior Manager – Events. 

Frye has worked in the events industry for more than 25 years, specializing in the not-for-profit and membership sectors, and has experience of a wide range of events globally.  Prior to joining SPE, Frye worked for a variety of UK organizations including the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Confederation of British Industries, the Marketing Society and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Frye completed her education at University College London, reading for a degree in Ancient World.