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Walter SimpsonWalter A.F. Simpson, SPE, has been appointed chief operating officer of Drillsearch Energy. He has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and served most recently as operations manager for BG Group’s natural gas-focused exploration unit, QGC, based in Brisbane, Australia. ­Before this, he served for 3 years as managing director of BG Group, India. Prior to working at BG Group, Simpson held positions with Baker Hughes and BP. He holds MS degrees in engineering science from University of Oxford and in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

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