Don P. Conkle, SPE, has been named Carbo Ceramics’ vice president of marketing and sales. He joins the company from Schlumberger, where he served for 26 years, most recently as production group marketing and technology director. Conkle held a variety of leadership positions within Schlumberger with particular emphasis on pressure-pumping products and services and other recovery-related products. These positions include geomarket manager, global vice president of stimulation services, theme technical director–high volume, global personnel manager–well services, and Middle East technique manager–well services. Conkle earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College.
John W. Lindsay, SPE, was named president and chief operating officer of Helmerich & Payne. The company’s board of directors also appointed Lindsay as a director of the company; he will serve as a director of the First Class. Lindsay, age 51, joined the company in 1987 as a drilling engineer. He served in various positions including operations manager for the company’s mid-continent region and vice president, US land operations, for the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Helmerich & Payne International Drilling. In 2006, Lindsay was appointed executive vice president, US and international operations, for the subsidiary. In 2010, he became the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Lindsay graduated in 1986 from the University of Tulsa, where he earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering.
Ihab Toma, SPE, was named executive vice president, chief of staff, for Transocean. Based in Geneva, Toma is responsible for human resources, global supply chain, information technology, marketing, and asset divestitures. He also provides strategic direction and helps coordinate the implementation of the company’s vision and strategy across the organization. From mid-2011, Toma served as executive vice president, operations, and previously as executive vice president, global business, and senior vice president of marketing and planning. Before joining Transocean in 2009, he served in different capacities at Schlumberger, including product line president and various other oilfield services assignments with regional and global responsibilities in France, the United States, Norway, Italy, Nigeria, Algeria, Indonesia, and Egypt. Toma holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cairo University, where he graduated in 1985.
Richard Williams, SPE, was named president, US Region at Baker Hughes. During his 37-year tenure with the company, he has held positions of increasing responsibility, serving since 2009 as Baker Hughes’ president, Gulf of Mexico Region. Prior to this, he has held executive positions in operations for the company’s completions, drilling, and drilling fluids product lines. Williams earned a BS degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in petroleum technology from Lincoln College. He is on the board of directors of the Center for Offshore Safety and the National Ocean Industries Association and is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association.
Dominic Wright, SPE, was named flow assurance lead at Xodus Group in Houston. In the role, he will assist clients to ensure hydrocarbon products are extracted, processed, and transported as safely, efficiently, and economically as possible, managing Gulf of Mexico and Brazil deepwater reservoir challenges, such as hydrate formation, wax deposition, slugging, corrosion, and other potentially disruptive phenomena. Wright joins Xodus Group with more than 10 years’ subsea engineering experience throughout the world, including the Asia Pacific region, the Caspian Sea, Nigeria, Egypt, the Ivory Coast, Russia, and the Gulf of Mexico. He earned a BE degree in materials science and engineering from Imperial College, London, and an MS degree in fluid dynamics and computation from the University of Southampton, Department of Aeronautics.
J.R. Curry, Dallas, Texas
Peter E. Des Jardins, New Orleans, Louisiana
Leslie O. Farthing, New Braunfels, Texas
Zainal A. Matassan, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Robert R. McBride Jr., Birmingham, Alabama
Billy M. Scales, Fort Worth, Texas
Bobby L. Short, Carrollton, Texas
C. Sidamon-Eristoff, New York City, New York
Burrell G. Taylor, Mansfield, Texas
M.R. Tek, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
James R. Underwood Jr., Plano, Texas
Carl L. Weatherford, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Rick A. White, Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada
Robert H. Williams, New Orleans, Louisiana
Peter W. Wood, Copenhagen, Denmark