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Energy services company Senergy has appointed two subsurface managers—Don DiBenedetto, SPE, responsible for the Middle East and India region, and Ronald Hoogenboom, SPE, responsible for the Asia Pacific region. In addition, the company appointed Allan Mathieson, SPE, global technical head of project management and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

DiBenedetto will lead and manage the day-to-day delivery and growth of the subsurface business in the Middle East and will work from Senergy’s Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices. He has extensive experience in the subsurface industry, and most recently was regional subsurface engineering manager with Salamander Energy in Southeast Asia. DiBenedetto earned a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), an MBA in finance and human resources from the University of Calgary, and a masters certificate in project management from the University of Lethbridge (Alberta).

pic of Ronal HoogenboomHoogenboom will be responsible for leading and managing the day-to-day delivery and growth of the subsurface business in Asia Pacific. He has more than 30 years’ international research and operational industry experience with Shell E&P companies. Most recently, Hoogenboom led Shell’s seismic acquisition and processing activities including land and marine 2D/3D/4D seismic surveys in the Asia Pacific region. Hoogenboom has a degree in technical physics from the University of Technology, Delft (Netherlands).

pic of Allan MasthiesonMathieson will be based in Edinburgh. He has worked on several Senergy CCS projects in an associate capacity, most notably in support of BP at the In Salah CO2 storage project in Algeria over the past 6 years. He earned an Honors BS in geology from the University of Aberdeen (UK) and an Honors BA in classical studies and the humanities from the Open University (UK).


pic of Lambert EbotAtlas, an international learning and skills provider, has appointed Lambert Ebot, SPE, as regional manager, USA. Based in Atlas’ new office in Houston, he will head up the company’s US business operations, with new and existing clients within the energy sector. Ebot brings with him a wealth of business development experience in the safety sector gained from previous senior roles in health/safety/environment and risk management at Environmental Resources Management Inc. and IRC Risk and Safety.

DeGolyer and MacNaughton (D&M) promoted Gregory K. Graves, SPE, and Lonnie D. Murphy, SPE, to the positions of general manager and assistant general manager, respectively, over its Houston office.

pic of Gregory GravesWith 3 decades’ experience in the energy industry, Graves joined D&M in 2006. Combining his background with his broad expertise in reservoir engineering, investment banking, finance, and economics, he has worked on projects in more than 20 countries. Graves received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and completed post-baccalaureate studies in micro- and macroeconomics at the University of Houston. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers. He was elected to the position of vice president at D&M in 2008.

pic of Lonnie MurphyMurphy joined D&M in 1998, and has evaluated large gas and gas-condensate fields in western Siberia and southern Russia. Murphy has also evaluated oil and gas fields in the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast areas, Oklahoma, and the Rocky Mountain and Appalachian regions. Before joining D&M, Murphy worked with Enserch Exploration for 17 years. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the Texas A&M University. He was elected a vice president at D&M in 2001.


pic of Stephen HolditchTiandi Energy appointed Stephen A. Holditch, SPE, and Kevin O. Meyers, SPE, to its corporate advisory team. Holditch recently retired as head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University (2004–2012). From 1999 to 2003 he was a Schlumberger fellow serving as production and reservoir engineering advisor to the company’s top managers. He formed S.A. Holditch & Associates in 1977, which became part of Schlumberger Technology Corporation in 1997, and then was combined with other groups in Schlumberger to form Holditch Reservoir Technologies in 1999. He served as SPE president in 2002 and as SPE vice president of finance from 1998 to 2000, serving as officer on the SPE Board of Directors from 1998 to 2003. Holditch also served as an American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) trustee during 1997 and 1998. In 1995, Holditch was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering; in 1997, was elected to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences; and in 1998, was elected to the Petroleum Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates at Texas A&M. In 1989, he was selected as an SPE Distinguished Member. Holditch received the 1994 SPE Lester C. Uren Award in recognition of distinguished achievement in petroleum engineering technology made by a member before reaching age 45. In 1999, he received the ASME Rhodes Industry Leadership Award, and the SPE John Franklin Carll Award. He has published more than 100 technical articles. Holditch earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M.

pic of Kevin MeyersMeyers retired in 2010 from his position at Conoco­Phillips as senior vice president exploration and production (E&P)–Americas. From 2006, he was president of ConocoPhillips Canada, and served as president of ConocoPhillips Russia and Caspian Region, based in Moscow, from 2004 to 2006. Meyers served as president of ConocoPhillips Alaska after Conoco and Phillips merged in 2002. He began his career in 1980 at Arco in its Exploration and Production Technology Center in Texas. In 1987, he transferred to Alaska, where he was responsible for reservoir engineering and field development for the West Sak, Kuparuk, and Prudhoe Bay fields. He next assumed responsibility for Arco’s Permian Basin operations, based in Midland, Texas. Meyers was soon named vice president of engineering and technology for Arco’s international E&P operations. In 1996 he returned to Alaska as senior vice president for Prudhoe Bay, becoming president of Arco Alaska in 1998, a role in which he continued with Phillips Petroleum when BP purchased Arco in 2000. Meyers has served on several boards, including Lukoil, the University of Alaska board of regents, and the Nature Conservancy of Alaska. He currently serves on the boards of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Denbury Natural Resources, Precision Drilling, Bill Barrett Corporation, the World Energy Council, and the Houston Symphony. He earned BS degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Capital University in Ohio and a PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

pic of Charles SeversonKnowledge Reservoir appointed Charles “Chuck” Severson, SPE, to the position of vice president, reservoir management. He will lead the company in all aspects of technical consulting and resourcing projects that deliver reservoir management solutions to its global client base. In addition, he will serve as the technical lead and QC manager for two of the company’s knowledge-base product lines. Severson joins the company from Hyperdynamics Corporation, where he was chief reservoir engineer, assessing prospects, projects, and assets in West Africa, Russia, Eastern Europe, and South America. Before that, he worked as an independent oil and gas consultant delivering projects in Alaska, Ukraine, Oman, Hungary, Russia, and Malaysia. Starting his career with Shell Oil, Severson subsequently worked for Arco in Alaska, the Middle East, and Central Asia as well as BP in Abu Dhabi. He earned a BS in geological engineering from the University of Arizona, Arizona School of Mines and his MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Houston.

pic of Tim WilliamsPeak Well Systems appointed Tim ­Williams, SPE, as business development director, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. With more than 20 years’ experience working within the global upstream sector of the oil and gas industry in various senior finance, commercial, and business development roles, he was most recently commercial and finance director of Expro’s AX-S lightweight riserless subsea intervention business. Williams started at Expro in 1997, where he worked until 2002 as business stream finance manager, as regional commercial manager for Expro Europe/CIS until 2007, then as group commercial manager for the next 3 years. Before joining Expro, he worked with Racal Survey, Racal Positioning Systems, and Racal Marine Systems for 9 years. Williams graduated in 1988 from Lancaster University (UK) with an Honors BA degree in accountancy and economics. He also holds ACMA qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

In Memoriam

pic of Murray HawkinsMurray Free Hawkins Jr., SPE, died 7 March 2013. He was 95. Hawkins is survived by his wife of 70 years—Julia Welles Hawkins—and his four children. He received a BS degree in chemistry and an MS degree in physics, both from Louisiana State University (LSU). He worked for the Carter Oil Company research laboratories before serving in the South Pacific as an officer in the US Navy during World War II. After the war, he joined Ethyl Corporation’s research and development department. Hawkins joined the LSU department of petroleum engineering in 1946, where he served as a professor of petroleum engineering. In 1964, he became department head, in which role he continued until he retired in 1977 as professor emeritus. In 1998, alumni were instrumental in having the department he helped develop named the “Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering.” Hawkins also served as director of the LSU Geology Camp in Colorado for many years.

A member of many professional and honorary organizations and the author of numerous technical publications, Hawkins’ best known work is Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering, a textbook he coauthored with B.C. Craft Sr. This text has been continuously in print and widely used throughout the world for more than 50 years. It has been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. Hawkins served on numerous boards and commissions and was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Halliburton Award for Teaching Excellence; the 1976 Mineral Industry Education Medal; the 1979 John Franklin Carll Award; and the 1980 Lester C. Uren Award. He was named an LSU Alumni Distinguished Faculty Fellow, the LSU Foundation Campanile Charities Professor, and an SPE Distinguished Member, and was inducted into the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction in 1985.

pic of Arthur NedomH. Arthur Nedom, SPE, died 11 March 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He was born 19 August 1925. Nedom served in the US Army Infantry in Belgium and Germany during World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic conduct in battle. He is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Tulsa, where he earned his BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering. Following graduation, Nedom worked at Amerada Petroleum Corporation for 20 years, becoming chief engineer and vice president. In the following years he was president of the Indonesian American Petroleum Company and later managing director of Weeks Petroleum, both exploration and production companies. Before retirement, he served as chairman of the board of arbitration for the Prudhoe Bay Unit in Alaska.

Nedom chaired the Offshore Technology Conference in 1972, and served as president of SPE in 1967 and president of AIME in 1977. He received the SPE Distinguished Service Award in 1978, SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal in 1981, and SPE/AIME Honorary Membership, and was twice named an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (1973–74 and 1988–89). Nedom also served as chair and was a co-founder of the American Association of Engineering Societies. He is survived by his wife of 40 years—Patricia (Rankin) Nedom—and his three children.

Member Deaths

Don R. Boling, Houston, Texas
Floyd E. Ellis, College Station, Texas
Frederick L. Hasling, Lafayette, Louisiana
Charles E. McKnight, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Kris R. Nielsen, Cle Elum, Washington
Marion D. Noble, McKinney, Texas
D. Raymond Perry Jr., Houston, Texas
Samuel C. Sandusky, Findlay, Ohio
R.O. Schenk, San Angelo, Texas
Michael Silbergh, Orinda, California
Patrick Wayne Urbis, West, Texas
William D. Wood, Bay City, Texas
Luis G. Zambrano, Carrollton, Texas