Executive Bios

Jeff Spath

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2015 SPE President

Helge Hove Haldorsen
Vice President Strategy & Portfolio North America
Statoil

Helge Hove Haldorsen serves as vice president strategy & portfolio North America for Statoil in Houston, Texas, USA. 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). 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 Oslo and a PhD in reservoir engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Offshore Technology Conference board of directors and the external advisory board for the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.  

 

Jeff Spath

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2014 SPE President

Jeff Spath
Vice President Industry Affairs
Schlumberger Ltd.

Jeff Spath is vice president of Industry Affairs for Schlumberger Limited, based in Houston, Texas. Prior positions include president of the Reservoir Management Group and president of Data and Consulting Services. Jeff joined Schlumberger as a well testing field engineer in 1984 and has held various global positions in reservoir engineering, research, and management. He holds BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and a PhD in reservoir engineering from the Mining University of Leoben, Austria.

He has served as Technical Director for Management & Information on the SPE Board of Directors, as SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Production Enhancement and in 2011 was named SPE Distinguished Member. Spath has published 24 technical papers and holds 14 patents.

 

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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.

 

Jannen Judah

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Vice President, Finance

Janeen Judah
General Manager
Chevron

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Cordella Wong-Gillett

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Cordella Wong Gillett

Cordella Wong Gillett has served as the managing director of the Asia Pacific office, based in Kuala Lumpur since January 1995. Wong Gillett began her career at SPE’s Dallas office in June 1983.

She was responsible for the establishment, staffing, and start-up operations of the Asia Pacific office where she continues to manage regional activities. Before her appointment as managing director, she served as senior manager of meetings with responsibility for planning and managing SPE national, international, and regional meetings and exhibitions. She headed the global expansion of the Society’s Forum Series program and the London office start-up operations.

Before joining SPE, Wong Gillett held various positions assisting in the organization and communication of exhibitions for Riggs Associates in Hong Kong and China. She holds an AA degree in sociology from Finch College and a BBA degree in marketing from Pace University, both in New York City.

 

Waleed Refaay

Managing Director, Middle East, North Africa, and India

Waleed Refaay

Waleed Refaay joined SPE in September 2007 as a managing director, Middle East, North Africa, and India, based in Dubai.

Prior to joining SPE, Refaay worked in the event management industry organizing high-level meetings for Marcus Evans, one of the leading event management organizations in the world. He managed offices in London, Amsterdam, South East Asia, China, and South Africa. He then moved to the Gulf region to establish an office for another event management organizer specializing in oil and gas events. A civil engineer, he worked on several projects in Egypt.

Refaay holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Alexandria University and is a member of the Dutch Association for Civil Engineers.

 

Niki Bradbury

Managing Director, Europe, Russia, Caspian and Sub-Saharan Africa

Niki Thomas

Niki Thomas has served as managing director, Europe, Russia, Caspian and Sub-Saharan Africa since July 2011. She joined SPE in 2002 as conference and exhibition manager. She has held several positions in the London-based events team and more recently served as senior manager, operations and then general manager, Europe.

Before joining SPE, Thomas worked in event management for the Royal Aeronautical Society, a UK based membership association serving the aerospace industry.

She holds a BS degree in psychology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.

 

Leigh Ann Runyan

Managing Director, North America

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.