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Warburg Pincus and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have committed up to USD 300 million to fund a new ­Denver-based oil and gas company called Hawkwood Energy, whose focus is on conventional and unconventional opportunities in the US Rockies, midcontinent, and west Texas regions. ­Patrick Oenbring, SPE, will serve as chief executive of Hawkwood, and Leonard Gurule, SPE, will serve as chief operating officer.

mugshot of Leonard GuruleGurule joined the company from Forest Oil, where he served as senior vice president responsible for the company’s midcontinent assets. Gurule has 31 years’ leadership experience in business development, engineering, operations, and major construction projects in the energy industry throughout the world. He began his career in 1979 with ARCO, holding numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including onshore and offshore engineering supervisor in California; engineering manager for Prudhoe Bay and the Lisburne, Point McIntyre, and Kuparuk fields in Alaska; and field manager in Alaska.

Gurule then moved to southeast Asia, where he served as executive vice president of operations, responsible for ARCO’s Indonesian assets. He was named chairman of the board of directors, president, and chief executive officer of VICO and also served as a director for PT Badak. After leaving ARCO, Gurule spent some time with Forest Oil as a senior vice president with responsibility for Alaska, Anadarko, and Permian assets. He earned a BS degree in chemical engineering at the University of New Mexico.

mugshot of Patrick OenbringOenbring is an oil and gas executive with more than 37 years’ industry experience. He began his career with Conoco, where he spent 22 years in a variety of positions including as a leader in several successful large-scale startup projects.

In 1997, Oenbring joined Occidental Petroleum as president and general manager of Occidental Qatar. He became president and general manager of Oxy Permian in 2000 in conjunction with Oxy’s acquisition of Altura Energy. Most recently, Oenbring served as vice president of western operations for Harvest Natural Resources. He earned a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas.

mugshot of Geryk ThomasWeatherford International appointed Geryk Thomas, SPE, as vice president, Maghreb region. Geryk’s previous roles with Weatherford include vice president, Saudi joint ventures; managing director, Norway; area manager, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and China; and western area US sales and operations manager. Before joining Weatherford, Geryk held management positions with Vetco and Cameron in the US, Middle East, and Australia. He will relocate to Tunis, Tunisia.

mugshot of Tom TriggTWMA appointed Tom Trigg, SPE, as global technical advisor. Based at TWMA’s Houston office, Trigg will help advance improvements in oil and gas drilling waste treatment and footprint reduction and will also provide support to the global sales and technical team. He has 42 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas drilling industry and an extensive background in improvement of operational performance of drilling fluid and reduction of drilling waste footprint. He recently retired from ExxonMobil, where he was most recently drilling’s global environmental coordinator.

His first job was with NL Baroid, where he held a variety of both technical and operational management positions. He joined Mobil in 1985 (ExxonMobil since 2000), participating in its Gulf of Mexico and, subsequently, its global drilling activity in fluid and environmental advisory and coordination capacities. Trigg graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS degree in biology.

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