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pic of Gene GarberGene Garber, SPE, was named chief integration officer at Greene’s Energy Group (GEG). Based in Lafayette, Louisiana, Garber, who maintains his position at GEG as senior vice president, will now also be responsible for the development and integration of operational programs, strategies, and associated projects. He has more than 30 years’ drilling, production, construction, and pipeline technical services experience, both onshore and offshore internationally. Garber is also a member of the American Petroleum Institute, American Association of Drilling Engineers, International Association of Drilling Contractors, and Association of Energy Service Companies.

pic of Jim HailJames Hail, SPE, was named chief executive officer at DeGolyer and McNaughton (D&M). He will continue to serve as the company’s president. Hail joined D&M in 1977 and has worked on projects in Australia, Italy, Mexico, the North Sea, Russia, South America, and southeast Asia. Hail worked for Exxon Company USA for 5 years before joining D&M. He became a vice president at D&M in 1980, senior vice president in 1995, executive vice president in 1998, and president in 2008. Hail graduated with honors from Texas A&M University in 1972 with a bachelors degree in chemical engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, and also is a member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

pic of Mike WachowskiMike Machowski, SPE, was appointed chief operating officer of TAM International’s international operations. In his previous position as TAM’s vice president and director of Canadian operations, he established, managed, and expanded the region’s sales and operation efforts. Machowski has more than 37 years’ experience in the industry. He earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Louisiana State University. Machowski is also a member of the Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers and the Petroleum Services Association of Canada.

pic of Mike MellenMike Mellen, SPE, was promoted to vice president of ION’s GX Technology business unit within the company’s GeoScience division. He joined ION in 2012 as vice president, integrated geoscience, for ION’s GeoVentures division. From 1997 to 2011, Mellen held various positions at Halliburton and Landmark, most recently as senior director–Halliburton technology. Previously he led Landmark’s technology unit and was global director, geoscience and reservoir engineering consulting, for Halliburton.  He began his career at Marathon Oil in 1981, where he served in a variety of technical roles, including as geophysicist special projects and chief geophysicist for Egypt, then Gabon. Mike earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of California and a master of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of ­Technology—both in geophysics.

pic of Gary NorthGary North, SPE, was promoted to vice president of worldwide sales at MicroSeismic. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of MicroSeismic’s worldwide sales strategy. North joined MicroSeismic in 2011. His 32-year career includes experience leading sales and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, operations, and risk management, as well as specialties ranging from oil and gas to staffing and recruiting, electrical utility, and safety and risk management. Most recently, he was sales director in charge of MicroSeismic’s southern and central US sales. Prior to MicroSeismic, he was vice president of sales for Zonar Systems. North earned a bachelor of administration degree with a minor in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. He is also an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and Rotary International.

pic of Simon HillSimon Richards, SPE, joined Hill International’s construction claims and consulting group as technical director, specializing in the upstream oil and gas industry. His background in process engineering and his detailed understanding of oil and gas field development have been gained through 27 years’ experience in operating, consulting, and contracting organizations. Richards earned an honors BS degree in chemical engineering from Birmingham University. He serves on SPE’s Production, Facilities, and Construction Advisory Committee and is chairman of the SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Technical Interest Group. He is also a past executive editor of SPE’s Projects, Facilities, & Construction journal. Richards is also a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and is a chartered engineer in the UK.

pic of Laura SchwinnLaura Schwinn, SPE, was appointed president, oil and gas field services, of Clean Harbors, Inc. With experience rooted in the Calgary oil and gas industry, she expanded her career in various roles around the world. Schwinn has almost 2 decades’ experience as an industry leader, having held a variety of senior positions at Halliburton, most recently as vice president, drill bits and services. Before Halliburton, she served in a business development role at Schlumberger. Schwinn earned a bachelor of commerce degree from University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

pic of Francisco SuarezFrancisco Suarez, SPE, was appointed vice president of the Western Hemisphere at TAM International, overseeing Latin America and Canada. He has more than 29 years’ industry experience, predominantly in international markets. In his previous role at TAM as director of Latin America, Suarez established the company’s presence in Mexico’s market and also moved the Latin American headquarters to Bogotá, Colombia. Suarez earned a bachelors degree in petroleum engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is also a member of the Colombian Association of Petroleum Engineers.

Member Deaths

Robert S. Ashworth, Houston, Texas, USA
Bert O. Brown, Blum, Texas, USA
Peter M. Dranchuk, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Uruj A. Kirmani, Rockville, Maryland, USA
Leroy M. Williams, Houston, Texas, USA