Kjetil Aasoldsen, SPE, became a member of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD) management team as director of North Sea South—a position with a function period of 6 years. He will work closely with Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the industry. Aasoldsen has worked at the NPD since 2003, addressing various issues, mostly within the fields of operations, development of discoveries, and gas management. Aasoldsen earned a master’s degree in process technology from the University of Bergen (2003) and an engineering degree in chemical engineering from Bergen University College (2000).
Glori Energy appointed Brian Brazeal, SPE, as director of business development for the United States. With a long history in the oil industry, he joins Glori after recently serving 4 years in senior business development for an enhanced/improved oil recovery technologies organization headquartered in Edmonton, Canada. His further experience includes serving as president and founder of Texrock Land and Energy, where he was responsible for initiating and negotiating large acreage positions in the Barnett shale of north Texas for several large independent producers, and 10 years as chief executive officer (CEO) of MEC Inc. in Dallas. Brazeal’s background also includes experience in exploration and drilling in the Permian basin. He attended Richland College, Dallas, focusing on general business studies.
Reservoir Group appointed Fraser Louden, SPE, as managing director of its well intervention and measurements business. His most recent position was as an executive advisor at FMC Technologies. Louden’s previous experience includes a stint at READ Well Services, where he held key roles including CEO, vice president, business development manager, and research and development manager. He began his career in 1988 at Schlumberger Data Services in Aberdeen and quickly progressed to become an offshore wireline logging specialist and the UK Seismic Services manager. From 1997, he fulfilled a series of roles internationally with Schlumberger, initially in Texas within their sales and marketing teams and subsequently in Nigeria as data services and geophysics manager. He then performed similar technical management roles in China and South America. Louden studied electrical and electronic engineering at Inverness College.
Ian MacKenzie, SPE, was appointed CEO of Hardy Oil & Gas. With 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas business, he was a KCA DEUTAG group director and a member of the company’s executive team from 2009 to 2011. He also held directorships for six UK-registered companies as well as six Norwegian companies, for which he was the chairman of the main operating entity, KCA DEUTAG Norge A/S. MacKenzie began his career at Loffland Brothers which then became part of Nabors Industries. In 1996, he joined Abbot Group/KCA following the acquisition of Nabors Europe by Abbot. He progressed through a series of management positions to his last position with KCA DEUTAG, which covered projects and technical services. MacKenzie earned an honors degree in engineering science from Aberdeen University and a postgraduate diploma in offshore engineering from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, with formal qualifications also in finance and accounts. He is a chartered mechanical engineer, European Federation of National Engineering Associations registered European engineer, and member of the Energy Institute.
The Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter appointed Michael Taggart, SPE, as its new cochairman. He will serve a 1-year term. Currently an engineering manager with Baker Hughes, Taggart has been an ICoTA Europe member for more than a decade. A former marine engineer with the Merchant Navy, he has worked in the oil and gas industry for almost 20 years. Taggart is responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient undertaking of coiled tubing operations for Baker Hughes and for introducing new technologies to the UK. The author or coauthor of five SPE technical papers, Taggart earned an Honors BEng degree in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Paisley.
Damien N. Allard, Copenhagen, Denmark
Efrain E. Barberii, Maracaibo, Venezuela
John H. Curley, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, UK
Friedrich P. Springer, Celle, Germany
Craig H. Webster, Long Beach, California