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Doyle BoutwellDoyle Boutwell, SPE, was named manager, technology and business development–rental and products at Greene’s Energy Group (GEG). Based in Houston, Boutwell will be responsible for the management of strategic and ongoing product development, emerging technologies, and related business integration. He will also assist various business units with project management. Before joining GEG, Boutwell served as the director of global quality and training–tubular running services (TRS) for Weatherford International. With more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas TRS sector, his experience spans from the shop floor, through the field to senior management. Boutwell studied architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He is a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

John DonachieJohn Donachie, SPE, was appointed corporate development manager for Omega Completion Technology, headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland. Donachie previously served as vice president with Simmons & Company International from 2006 through mid-2012 where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the energy sector. He was a petroleum engineering consultant with Helix-RDS during 2005–06 and held various technical and commercial positions with Schlumberger from 2000 through 2005. From 1997 through 2000, Donachie was a completions and artificial lift engineer with Camco Products & Services focused on the provision of completion tools and services to the international market. He earned his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Aberdeen. Donachie served on the SPE International Board of Directors as North Sea Regional Director from 2007 until 2010.

John HodginJohn Hodgin, SPE, was named to the US Securities and Exchange Commission as a petroleum engineer, where he will review public company petroleum reserves filings. For the prior 7 years, Hodgin was president of Ryder Scott. He joined Ryder Scott as a geologist in 1977 and became the geosciences group leader in 1983. He supervised staff and consulting geologists, geophysicists, and petrophysicists in ongoing reservoir evaluation studies worldwide. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a BS degree in geology in 1974, Hodgin joined Gulf Oil.

Tim MussoTim Musso, SPE, was named sales representative at Superior Performance, a provider of premium threaded-tubing and casing products and services. Based in Houston, he will be responsible for managing the company’s accounts and spearheading business development initiatives primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and south Texas regions covering the Eagle Ford shale. With 31 years’ sales experience, Musso has held positions with Drill String Services as a sales representative, BJ Services as sales manager, and Cajun Tubular Services as vice president of sales and marketing. He is a member of the American Association of Drilling Engineers.

Gregory NavarreGregory Navarre, SPE, was appointed president of Horton Wison Deepwater and will also serve as a member of the company’s board of directors. With more than 30 years’ industry experience, he previously served as the company’s chief operating officer, as well as in various executive positions with Global Marine and Horton Wison Deepwater’s sister company Wison Offshore & Marine (USA). Navarre is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in marine engineering and naval architecture. He holds a professional license issued by the US Coast Guard as chief engineer unlimited and is a member of the American Association of Drilling Engineers and the Marine Technology Society.

Gary RichGary Rich, SPE, was appointed president and chief executive officer of Parker Drilling and will also serve as a member of the company’s board of directors. He brings a wealth of global industry leadership experience to the position, including a 25-year career with Baker Hughes. Most recently, Rich served as vice president of global sales for Baker Hughes, before this serving as president of that company’s European operations. Previously, Rich was president of Hughes Christensen. Rich holds a BS in accounting from Brigham Young University and an MS in science and technology commercialization from The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a certification in management from the University of Utah and attended the California Institute of Technology’s Strategic Marketing of Technology Products program.

Fred RichouxFred P. Richoux, SPE, is now president at Ryder Scott. He was promoted from executive vice president. Richoux joined the company in 1978 as a petroleum engineer after having worked at Phillips Petroleum for 11 years. For 34 years, he has conducted reservoir engineering studies, reserves reviews and determinations, field development studies, economic evaluations, and acquisition and divestiture work. Richoux managed the company’s Calgary office from 1997 to 1999. He joined the company’s board of directors in 2000. Richoux earned a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Marsha WellmannMarsha Wellmann, SPE, joined Ryder Scott as a petroleum engineer. She previously worked at WildHorse Resources for 2 years as a senior reservoir engineer. She worked at Osborn Heirs Company from 2004 to 2010 as a reservoir engineer, ­preparing year-end and quarterly reserves reports for management, bank lenders, and the US Energy Information Administration. She started her career with the Texas Railroad Commission in 2002, where she worked for 2 years approving injection-, disposal-, and production-well permits, and analyzing proposed workovers, completions, and well construction. Wellmann earned a BS degree in ­petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

He ZhangHe Zhang, SPE, joined Ryder Scott as a petroleum engineer. He specializes in reservoir and production simulation/integration, flow assurance, pressure/volume/temperature characterization, fracture optimization, and petroleum economics. Before joining Ryder Scott, Zhang was an engineer at Schlumberger’s Houston Technology Center for 2 years. He has written numerous SPE technical papers. Zhang earned BS degrees in polymer chemistry and computer applications from the University of Science and Technology of China, an MS in computational chemistry from the University of New Orleans, and a PhD in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

Member Deaths

  • Frederick R. Bjorck, Dallas, Texas
  • W.T. Cardwell Jr., Whittier, California
  • Peter F. Chapman, Banderam, Texas
  • John A. Couvillon, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Charles B. Pollock, Littleton, Colorado
  • Elliott A. Riggs, Farmington, New Mexico