DAVID BRUNNERT, SPE, joined Express Energy Services as executive vice president and COO. A 20-year oil and gas industry veteran, Brunnert served in various operational management positions at Weatherford International, including vice president of drilling tools and intervention services, global general manager of drilling tools, global business unit manager of performance drilling tools, and other engineering management roles. He has more than 25 patents used in the oil and gas industry. Before joining Weatherford, Brunnert worked for Houston Engineers as a product engineer developing drilling and fishing technologies. His background also includes 4 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers where he was a paratrooper and combat engineer. He is also a member of the Engineering Leadership Board of the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering and the West Point Society of Greater Houston. Brunnert earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston.
JAMES T. HACKETT, SPE, has been ap-pointed partner of Riverstone Holdings and will cohead its Houston office. He will help Riverstone source, build, and manage new investment opportunities on behalf of its limited partners, and identify and attract talented operating management teams. Hackett has served as the CEO of Anadarko Petroleum, chairman and CEO of Ocean Energy, and president and COO of Devon Energy. He is the chair of Baylor College of Medicine’s board of trustees and serves as the chairman of the Domestic Petroleum Council of the American Petroleum Institute. Hackett earned a BS from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Harvard University.
JAMES J. KLECKNER, SPE, was promoted to executive vice president of Anadarko Petroleum. Previously, he was the vice president of operations for Anadarko’s Rocky Mountain region, overseeing the company’s operations and development activities in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Kleckner has more than 30 years of global technical and leadership experience. He began his career in the oil and gas industry with Sun Oil and has held management positions in the North Sea, South America, China, the Gulf of Mexico, and the US. Kleckner earned a BS in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
DAVE REED, SPE, was appointed vice president of business efficiency at Senergy. He will be responsible for performance improvement. He will work with the corporate development division on acquisitions with a focus on the integration of new additions into Senergy’s overall group. During his 32-year career, Reed gained operational and management experience in well construction, specializing in high-pressure, high-temperature well construction and operations. Reed recently worked with the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group, where he was involved in the UK offshore industry’s representations following the Macondo blowout. He earned a BS in geology from the University of Liverpool.
LEE M. TILLMAN, SPE, was appointed president and CEO of Marathon Oil. Tillman began his career in the oil and gas industry at ExxonMobil in 1989 as a research engineer. He has operations management and leadership experience that included assignments in Indonesia, Scotland, Norway, Equatorial Guinea, Texas, and Louisiana. Most recently, he served as vice president of engineering at ExxonMobil Development Company, where he was responsible for global engineering staff engaged in major project concept selection, front-end design, and engineering. Tillman earned a BS in chemical engineering with honors from Texas A&M University and a PhD in chemical engineering from Auburn University.
ZAHID YOOSUFANI, SPE, was promoted to director and unit leader at the Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX) at the University of Texas at Austin. As director, he will provide leadership to all components of PETEX including instructor-led training, publications, and e-learning tools. At PETEX, Yoosufani has achieved significant market growth by introducing new training products and publications, enhancing customer service, and growing the customer base worldwide. He has been instrumental in the development and launch of innovative e-learning tools and products such as e-books, streaming videos and animations, online skills analysis, and assessment tools. Yoosufani served 30 years at IBM where he held a variety of technology and management positions. Yoosufani earned a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Karachi in Pakistan and an MS in manufacturing/mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts.
Arthur H. Forbes Jr., Butler, Pennsylvania, USA
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