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David BeathardDavid Beathard, SPE, has been appointed a director in Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.’s upstream advisory business. He has several years of experience in the investment banking sector and was previously  vice president of business development, strategy, and planning at Linn Energy. He started his career at Pogo Producing and was a managing partner at Arenite Western Energy. Beathard holds a BS in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

Kamel BenNaceurKamel BenNaceur, SPE, has been appointed director for sustainable energy policy and technology at the International Energy Agency (IEA). In his new role, Bennaceur will lead efforts to modernize IEA’s approach to energy technology. Before joining IEA, he was a senior adviser at ­Schlumberger, and was Tunisia’s minister of industry, energy, and mines in 2014. At Schlumberger, Bennaceur held management roles in several continents, and was the chief economist and vice president of technology in Rio de Janeiro. Bennaceur graduated from École Polytechnique and École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and holds a PhD from Mines Paris Tech.

Peter FontanaPeter Fontana, SPE, has been elected to the board of directors of Parker Drilling. He will also serve on the board’s audit ­committee. Fontana retired from Weatherford as chief operating officer in 2013. He joined the company in 2005 and held positions of increasing responsibility, including director of project management, senior vice president, and ­executive vice president. His previous employers were Baker Hughes, Forasol-­Foramer, and the Western Company of North America. Fontana holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Jose FormigliJose Formigli, SPE, has been appointed to Aker Solutions’ Innovation Board and will serve as an adviser for the company’s overall strategic decisions. Formigli has more than 30 years’ experience in the Brazilian upstream sector in areas including well construction, subsea, and topsides engineering. He retired from Petrobras as the director of exploration and production earlier this year. He also serves as a member of the advisory board at Energy Ventures and consults through his company Forsea Engenharia. Formigli holds an engineering degree from Instituto Militar de Engenharia and an MBA from COPPEAD Graduate School of Business of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Amin H. NasserAmin H. Nasser, SPE, has been appointed president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Saudi Aramco. He has been the acting president and CEO since May and before that, he was the senior vice president of upstream. Nasser joined Saudi Aramco in 1982 and has held several senior management positions, including manager of the Ras Tanura, Safaniya onshore, and Safaniya offshore producing departments. He became the executive director of petroleum engineering and development in 2005. Nasser holds a BS in petroleum engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Sean Roach, SPE, vice president of drilling systems and services at Schramm, will lead the Pennsylvania-based rig manufacturing company’s new, expanded office in Houston. Roach has 14 years of industry experience, with 10 years at National Oilwell Varco in global roles, including developing land rig projects. He holds a BS in project management from Columbia Southern University.

Member Deaths

Charles R. Bale, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Oscar Noel Barron, The Woodlands, Texas, USA
Michael Brouse, Houston, Texas, USA
Birto  R. Brumby, Houston, Texas, USA
Peter Geddes Burnett, Denver, Colorado, USA
Pete W. Cawthon Jr., Hunt, Texas, USA
Robert E. Chandler, Midland, Texas, USA
Malcolm G. Coone, McGregor, Texas, USA
Wm L. Craig, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Josef Arakiel Galoostian, Houston, Texas, USA
Fred Daniel (Dan) Gealy Jr., Westlake Village, California, USA
Norman B. Gove, Houston, Texas, USA
James L. Hackney, Hubbard, Texas, USA
Roy C. Hightower, New Bern, North Carolina, USA
Harley N. Hotchkiss, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Carlon Sanford Land, Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
James Arthur Latham, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Warren E. Latimer, Montgomery, Ohio, USA
Frank J. Madison, Zanesville, Ohio, USA
Shri B. Mathur, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Lloyd R. McBride, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
R.L. Prichard, Metairie, Louisiana, USA
J.B. Red, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA
Christopher E. Reddick, Berkshire, UK
Thomas Sterling Schalk, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
Douglas Gray-Stephens, Royston, UK
James Cleo Thompson Jr., Dallas, Texas, USA
Marshall Edward Welbourn, Houston, Texas, USA
James A. West, Port Orange, Florida, USA