Nomination Procedures for Officers and Directors


Nominating Committee Guidelines

Fill out the online nomination form and review the information on supporting documents.

Nomination Form

 

The 2020-21 nomination cycle will open in mid-October. Positions open to nomination:

  • 2023 President
  • Regional Director, Africa
  • Regional Director, Asia Pacific
  • Regional Director, Middle East
  • Regional Director, North America
  • Technical Director, Completions
  • Technical Director, Reservoir
     

Questions?

Katie Krug
Senior Board Relations Manager

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Qualifications

Review the qualifications for the Board positions:

Key Position/Commitment

  • 3-year commitment (One year each: President-Elect, President, and Past President).
  • Requires management support for a substantial commitment of time, 25 – 50% of time first and last year, and 75 - 100% of time during Presidency year, including numerous visitations or teleconferences with staff, SPE members, meetings committees,  corporations, and other professional and technical societies.
  • Extensive global travel to attend SPE and industry events, and visit Sections and Student Chapters
  • Oversee all Board of Directors (BOD) committees and lead BOD meetings. 
  • Attend all global BOD meetings (three 3-4 day meetings per year, plus one 2-day meeting for F&S and  the Nominating committee )

Role

  • Represent SPE and its members to other organizations, the industry, the media, and the public
  • Develop relationships with key senior executives throughout the industry to maximize the awareness of SPE’s value and to maintain and expand SPE programs
  • Preside at meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Ensure decisions are made in a timely manner and then translated in to meaningful actions holding appropriate parties accountable for success
  • Work with the CEO/Executive Vice President, officers, and committee chairs to develop agendas for meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Appoint all committee chairpersons
  • Facilitate accomplishment of the SPE strategic plan
  • Attend and speak at major SPE events.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Preside over Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and F&S Committee meetings.
  • Participates in other committee meetings as warranted.
  • Spends up to 50% of the time on SPE business during President-Elect and Past President years, and nearly 100% of the time on SPE business during presidency year. 
  • Provide guidance to Committees and Sections, as well as to Board members.
  • Author editorial article in monthly JPT.
  • Speak on behalf of SPE at many events. 
  • Preside over Nominating Committee and SPE Honorary member Award Committee.
  • Manage the selection process for a new CEO/Executive Vice President in the event of a resignation.

Preferred Prior Experiences

  • This position should be filled by someone with strong leadership skills; someone well known in the oil and gas industry would be highly recommended.
  • It is critical for the person who fills this position to understand as the goals and mission of SPE.
  • It is important that the person to fill this position have many years of experience as a volunteer, preferably in several capacities, within SPE.
  • It is useful for the person who fills this position to have previously served on the SPE Board of Directors 
  • It is recommended that the person who fills this position have significant management experience
  • Significant negotiation experience

Key Skills/Proficiencies

  • Strategic Thinking – Ability to “see the big picture,” think beyond tasks, focus on global as well as local needs, and adhere to strategic planning.  Also, the ability to focus on material issues and not “sweat the small stuff.”
  • Leadership – Ability to communicate ideas to others in a way that engages and influences them. Ability to help the group achieve its goals and maintain an effective working relationship among members.
  • Networking - Ability to network within and outside the organization for discovery and dissemination of opportunities for SPE.
  • Negotiation – Skillful in multi-cultural, multi-national negotiations in order to represent sections with a variety of perspectives.
  • Public speaking, presiding at meetings, establishing clear directives. 

Key Position/Commitment

  • 3-year commitment
  • Requires management support
  • Regular e-mail access, average five or more hours per week, including teleconferences
  • Attend global Board of Directors (BOD) meetings (three 3-day meetings, plus occasional  teleconferences)
  • Provide counsel to section officers, student chapter faculty advisors, and Young Professional program leadership. 
  • The Regional Director must reside throughout their term in the region they represent.

Role

  • Regional Directors bring the perspectives of the diverse interests of the Sections and Student Chapters in their region to the Board. While they bring those perspectives to the discussion they are responsible for making decisions that are in the best interest of the Society as a whole.
  • Regional Directors are responsible for supporting staff in communicating new developments and policies initiated by the Board to the Section and Chapter leadership
  • Regional Directors may be selected to represent constituencies that are deemed to be important to the success of SPE. 
  • Regional Directors may be selected to provide particular expertise that is useful to the SPE Board, including expertise in the lines of business conducted by SPE
  • Provide direction, energy, and leadership to carry out the mission of SPE. 
  • Regional Directors have Board committee duties, and may be assigned liaison duties with SPE standing or ad hoc committees.

Board Responsibilities

  • Setting the strategic direction of SPE
  • Financial oversight, including adoption of the annual budget
  • Oversight of SPE programs
  • Develop and support initiatives to achieve the goals identified in SPE’s strategic plan
  • Participate in assigned committees and utilize committee positions to carry out the mission of SPE.

Stakeholder Engagement Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to sections and student chapters to help SPE members in the region conduct their activities more effectively and efficiently
  • Visit and communicate with sections in their region as needed
  • Chairs regional section officers meetings
  • Facilitate regional councils and serve as liaison to the SPE International Board

Preferred Prior Experiences

  • This position should be filled by someone with a strong leadership background in SPE activities, such as serving as an SPE committee or section chairperson.
  • In addition to representing an SPE region, this person may be chosen to represent an important constituency in SPE in order to balance the board demographics, and he or she should have experience or specific experiential background in the constituency represented
  • The person who fills this position should be acquainted with SPE and industry leadership.
  • It is beneficial for the person who fills this position to:
    • Understand the inner workings of the society as well as the mission and strategic goals of SPE
    • Comprehend the committee function and be capable of interfacing with other members as both a leader and a team member

Key Skills/Proficiencies

  • Strategic Thinking – Ability to “see the big picture,” think beyond tasks, focus on global as well as local needs, and adhere to strategic planning.  Also, the ability to focus on material issues and not “sweat the small stuff.”
  • Leadership – Ability to communicate ideas to others in a way that engages and influences them. Ability to help the group achieve its goals and maintain an effective working relationship among members.
  • Networking - Ability to network within and outside the organization for discovery and dissemination of opportunities for SPE.
  • Negotiation – Skillful in multi-cultural, multi-national negotiations in order to represent sections with a variety of perspectives.

Key Position/Commitment

  • 3-year commitment.
  • Requires management support
  • Regular e-mail access, average five or more hours per week, including teleconferences
  • Attend global Board of Directors (BOD) meetings (three 3-day meetings, plus occasional  teleconferences)
  • Provide counsel to technical section and technically oriented standing committee leaders,

Role

  • Technical Directors represent the major technical specialties in SPE.
  • Provide support for current initiatives in the area of technology transfer.
  • Identify opportunities for SPE can to disseminate technical knowledge within the society’s membership. The dissemination of information can be global or local, within the society, between SPE and other technical and professional societies, industry focused groups, universities, or corporations. The type of information, methods, and venues are part of the creative process that this person oversees
  • Technical Directors also have Board committee duties, as well as liaison duties with SPE standing or ad hoc committees.

Board Responsibilities

  • Setting the strategic direction of SPE
  • Financial oversight, including adoption of the annual budget
  • Oversight of SPE programs, especially in technical area.
  • Develop and support initiatives to achieve the goals identified is SPE’s strategic plan
  • Participate in assigned committees and utilize committee positions to carry out the mission of SPE.

Stakeholder Engagement Responsibilities

  • Establish and lead technical discipline advisory committees, which assist in developing programs, books and periodicals, identify qualified members to serve on technical event committees, as distinguished lecturers, and/or as awards candidates, and on related technical sections, section study groups, and technical interest groups.
  • Act as a sounding board and spokesperson for members represented by the technical discipline.

Preferred Prior Experiences

  • This position should be filled by someone with a strong leadership background in SPE activities, such as serving as an SPE committee or section chairperson.
  • In addition to representing an SPE technical specialty, this person may be chosen to represent an important constituency in SPE in order to balance the board demographics, and he or she should have experience or specific experiential background in the constituency represented
  • The person who fills this position should be acquainted with leaders and technical experts within the discipline.
  • It is beneficial for the person who fills this position to:
    • Have served on technical committees within SPE
    • Understand the inner workings of the society as well as the mission and strategic goals of SPE
    • Comprehend the committee function and be capable of interfacing with other members as both a leader and a team member
    • Have published technical papers in their discipline.

Key Skills/Proficiencies

  • Strategic Thinking – Ability to “see the big picture,” think beyond tasks, focus on global as well as local needs, and adhere to strategic planning.  Also, the ability to focus on material issues and not “sweat the small stuff.”
  • Leadership – Ability to communicate ideas to others in a way that engages and influences them. Ability to help the group achieve its goals and maintain an effective working relationship among members.
  • Networking - Ability to network within and outside the organization for discovery and dissemination of opportunities for SPE.
  • Negotiation – Skillful in multi-cultural, multi-national negotiations in order to represent sections with a variety of perspectives.


Time Commitment

 

About the Board of Directors

SPE is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors composed of member representatives from around the world. Officers and Directors are elected to a three-year term, with approximately one-third of the Board rolling off each year.
 

About the Election Process

The nominating committee is chaired by the immediate past president and meets in January to make recommendations for the available positions.

The recommendation of the Nominating Committee is submitted to the Board of Directors for ratification at its March meeting. Biographical information on approved nominees is provided to the membership via SPE.org and through an article in the April issue of the Journal of Petroleum Technology.

The SPE By-laws provide for these nominees to stand as elected unless SPE members nominate additional candidates by 1 June. Additional nominations require a petition from at least 1 percent of SPE membership. For additional information, please contact Katie Krug, Senior Board Relations Manager.