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Tony FernandezTONY FERNANDEZ, SPE, was appointed vice president of Jefferies LLC’s energy investment banking group. Fernandez will work in the company’s Houston office as a technical lead in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. His last assignment before joining Jefferies was as reservoir engineer for Noble Energy’s deepwater Cyprus assets in the Eastern Mediterranean. Prior positions include petroleum engineer at RSK [UK] and associate corporate economic analyst at Valero Energy. Fernandez has received four SPE section and regional awards and is serving in several volunteer capacities. He is on the board of the SPE Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals group and serves as 2015 editor-in-chief for the SPE publication The Way Ahead. A licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas, Fernandez earned a BS degree in economics at Duke University and an MS degree in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.

Deepak GalaDEEPAK GALA, SPE, was selected as one of Oil and Gas Investor’s 2014 “Twenty Under 40,” published in the magazine’s April issue. This distinction recognizes individuals working in exploration and production who display professional and technical excellence. Gala works at Shell as a subject matter expert on well control engineering and relief well planning. Before joining Shell, he worked for Weatherford and Cudd in various roles with increasing responsibility, starting in January 2005. He has published more than 20 technical papers and coauthored a chapter in SPE’s Advanced Drilling & Well Technology textbook. Gala has chaired the SPEI Young Professional Coordinating Committee and served as associate editor for SPE Drilling and Completions. He has received the SPE Regional Young Engineer of the Year award, the 2010 SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award, and an SPE Outstanding Technical Editor Award. He currently serves on the SPE Gulf Coast Section board of directors. Gala earned an MS degree in natural gas engineering from Texas A&M ­University–Kingsville and an MS degree in finance from Tulane University.

James PappasJAMES M. PAPPAS, SPE, has been appointed acting president of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). He is currently vice president of ultradeepwater programs for RPSEA. Before joining RPSEA, Pappas held various positions with Devon Energy, including global technology coordinator, as well as drilling, completions, production, reservoir, and A&D engineering positions with Santa Fe Snyder, Fina Oil, Union Pacific Resources, and Amoco. He has served on several boards, SPE (production and operations technical director), the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (industry director), the University of Texas at Austin Engineering Advisory Board and Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department Advisory Board (chair), and Subsea Tieback Forum Board (chair). Pappas received the Houston Area Engineer of the Year Award (2007), Texas Engineering Foundation Distinguished Engineer in Texas Award (2007), Texas Society of Professional Engineers’ Engineer of the Year Award (2008), SPE Distinguished Member Award, and SPE Distinguished Service Award (2012). He holds a BS degree in chemistry with minors in mathematics and Spanish and a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, in addition to an MBA with highest honors from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Keith RussellKEITH RUSSELL, SPE, has been named president of Borets, US. Russell was promoted after 6 months as vice president of international marketing. In his new role, he will be responsible for integrating Borets’ strategic growth initiatives into the domestic electrical submersible pump and horizontal pumping systems markets. Previously, he spent 26 years working for Schlumberger in various positions. Russell earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming.


Mitch ThibodeauxMITCH THIBODEAUX, SPE, has been appointed president of Super Performance. Thibodeaux will be based out of Lafayette, Louisiana, and will oversee the company’s field service operations, rental tool equipment line, and new product development. Thibodeaux has been in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years and has served at Superior Performance for more than 17 years, most recently as vice president of operations.


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Richard F. Lemon, El Paso, Texas, USA
Morgan Mickleberry Jr., Metairie, Louisiana, USA
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