2017 SPE President
Janeen Judah is the 2017 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, seconded from Chevron. Her past Chevron leadership positions include general manager for Chevron’s Southern Africa business unit, based in Houston, Texas, 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 1981.
Judah has held many SPE leadership positions, including SPE International Vice President Finance, on the Board as Director for the Gulf Coast North America Region and chairing both the Gulf Coast and Permian Basin sections. She was named a Distinguished Member of SPE in 2003 and received the Distinguished Service award in 2010. She started her SPE leadership as a student section officer at Texas A&M University.
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.
2018 SPE President
Broadview Energy Asset Management
Darcy W. Spady, the 2018 SPE president, is the first Canadian to have been elected to this position. Spady, managing director of Calgary-based Broadview Energy Asset Management, has been an active SPE member since graduating from university. Most recently, he served on the SPE International Board as regional director for Canada; he is also a member of the Vancouver and Calgary sections. Spady has held officer positions in the Calgary, Illinois Basin, and Appalachian sections. In 2012, he won a Regional Service Award for his work in the Canada region.
Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil and heavy oil segments of the industry, having worked a decade for Schlumberger across North America in their wireline and pressure pumping segments, as well as with the Columbia Natural Resources/Triana Energy group in the Appalachians, Atlantic Canada and internationally. He has also served as CEO of Calgary-based Contact Exploration and more recently as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation.
He also is an active independent director, serving as board chairman for Green Imaging Technologies and as a board member of MNP Petroleum. He has previously served on the boards of Edge Resources, Contact Exploration, Guildhall Minerals and Poplar Point Exploration.
Spady holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.
2016 SPE President
Senior Executive Adviser
D. Nathan Meehan, 2016 Society of Petroleum Engineers 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.
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 received a lifetime achievement award from World Oil in 2016. Meehan also 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.
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 in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.
Vice President, Finance
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.
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.
Chief Operations Officer
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.
CFO and Director Business Services
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.
Vice President, Communications
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.
Vice President of Information and Member Services
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 BS degree in engineering physics.
Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Business Development
James Rawes is responsible for SPE’s global sales, marketing and business development. His responsibilities include sponsorship and exhibition sales for conferences and workshops, along with advertising sales, both print and digital. He also leads our global marketing and business development teams as we explore new partnerships, projects and topics to bring additional benefits to our members.
Before joining SPE, Rawes was global head of channel management at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the world's most forward-thinking professional accountancy body. Prior to that, he was executive director Europe Middle East and Africa at The Conference Board, a global independent business membership and research association working in the public interest.
He has more than 15 years of international sales and marketing experience in developing and implementing strategies across multiple industry sectors and territories and has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Director, Human Resources and Facilities
Joe Healy is responsible for global Human Resources (HR) and Facilities at SPE. He works closely with the Leadership team to deliver a HR strategy that ensures continuous improvement in resourcing, learning and development, reward practices, relations, people data systems and health and safety. In addition Joe looks after our facilities.
Before joining SPE, Joe has lead HR functions in a number of international companies in a wide range of sectors including travel, hospitality, technology, financial services, as well as not for profit. His most recent role was HR Direct for Victim Support. Prior to that, Joe worked in education as a lecturer and teacher in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Healy received his first degree in Geography and Economics at the London School of Economics, and a Masters degree from University of London. Joe is also a qualified teacher and is currently a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Director, Member Programs and Services
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 is director of magazines and editor of the Journal of Petroleum Technology. His responsibilities include managing SPE's 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 received a BS degree in journalism, with highest honors, from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.
Director, Information Technology
Saibal Mukherjee is the director of information technology at SPE.
Before joining SPE in 2014, Mukherjee founded and ran a software services startup. Prior to that, Mukherjee held senior management positions for more than 20 years at Nortel, Motorola, Tektronix, Ericsson, AT&T, Sprint, Telefonica, KDDI, and Orange. He has worked in France, Ireland, Austria, Israel, and the UK.
Mukherjee holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a MS in computer science from The University of Texas.
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.
Before 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 people.
Runyan graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BS in finance and later received 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.
Director of Events, Asia Pacific
Michelle Tan is the director of events for SPE in Asia Pacific, and she leads the events team based in Kuala Lumpur. Tan 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. Tan’s experience also includes roles in general management and project and program development with IIR Middle East in Dubai, AsianInvestor in Hong Kong, and United Business Media in ASEAN.
Tan 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, Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, Events
Michelle Boyd joined SPE in 2011 and leads the event team based in Dubai. Key events for SPE in the Middle East include the 2016 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, the International Petroleum Technology Conference and Exhibition, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, the Middle East Oil Show, the Kuwait Oil and Gas Show, and Oil and Gas West Asia.
Before SPE, Boyd was head of conferences for Reed Exhibitions in Abu Dhabi and executive director of conferences and training for the Institute of International Research, now the Informa Group.
Boyd began her career in Australia in corporate communications and has run corporate events and communication projects for clients including Pfizer, Optus, Qantas and TNT in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. She holds a BA degree from the University of New England and a MA degree in communication management from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Director, Europe, Caspian and Sub-Saharan Africa Events
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.
Director Latin America and Caribbean Business Development
Solange Ferreira is the director for the SPE activities in Latin America and Caribbean business development. 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.
Ferreira 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 BA in social communications with a specialization in public relations from Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil and MA in international management studies from The University of Texas at Dallas. Ferreira also received a degree in convention and meeting management from George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto, Canada. Ferreira fluently speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.