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MicroSeismic appointed Jeff Bruce, SPE, general manager for the northeast region. He will be responsible for overseeing the company’s business and operations throughout the US Appalachian Basin. With more than 30 years’ experience in the global petroleum industry, Bruce began his career with Conoco in 1980 as a senior geologist and advanced to vice president of exploration for ConocoPhillips in Indonesia and China. In these roles, he managed sizeable capital and operating budgets and large and diverse staffs, leading government and regulatory negotiations, and was a key decision maker on exploration activities. Bruce earned a BS degree in geology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified petroleum geologist and member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

Aldrin Resource Corp. appointed ­Thomas Cavanagh, SPE, as president and director. With more than 30 years’ experience in the petroleum industry, he began his career as a geophysicist with Exxon in 1981. In 1988 he was transferred to Esso Production Malaysia and in 1991, to P.T. Stanvac Indonesia. He returned to the US in 1994 as a senior exploration geophysicist in Exxon Corporation’s Far East Business Unit, and then was transferred to Exxon’s Deep Water Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. In 1996, Cavanagh joined Saudi Aramco as a senior geologic advisor. In 1998, he joined the United Meridian Company as an exploration geophysicist in its Asia Middle East Group, emerging as Ocean Energy’s chief geophysicist and vice president of new business development. In 2003, he formed CSB Petroleum. Cavanagh is an AAPG and SEG member. He is currently president and director of Mira Resources Corp., a Canadian offshore oil development company with assets in Nigeria. Cavanagh received a BS degree from Northeastern University and an MS degree from Louisiana State University—both in geology.

Reservoir Group’s surface logging business, Empirica, appointed a new managing director, Etienne Roux, SPE. With more than 10 years’ oil and gas experience, Roux began his career with Schlumberger as a logging-while-drilling field engineer, subsequently working for that company’s Alaska, Venezuela, Gulf of Mexico, Sugar Land, and Brazil operations. His most recent role involved managing Weatherford Drilling Services’ formation evaluation, surface logging, and drilling operations for the Europe, Caspian, and Sub-Saharan Africa regions. Roux will be responsible for overseeing the transition of Warren & Christian into Empirica. He holds a BE degree in mechanical engineering from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Oasis Petroleum appointed Bobby S. Shackouls, SPE, as a director of the company. He currently serves as a director on numerous boards, including PAA Natural Gas Storage and Peter Kiewit Sons. He began his career with Exxon Company USA, and in 1975, joined Houston Oil & Minerals. Shackouls moved to Plains Resources in 1981, serving in several senior management positions. In 1988, he joined Torch Energy Advisors, and in 1991 was named president and chief operating officer (CEO). He joined Burlington Resources/Meridian Oil in 1993 as executive vice president and CEO. In 1994, he was named president and CEO of Meridian. In 1995, Shackouls was named president and CEO and elected to the board of Burlington Resources, and in 1997, was elected chairman of the board. He retired upon Burlington’s acquisition by ConocoPhillips in 2006, serving subsequently on ConocoPhillips’ board until 2011. Shackouls is a past chairman of the National Petroleum Council and a member of the executive committee of the US Oil and Gas Association. A registered petroleum engineer in Texas, he earned a BS degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University.

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