Statoil Executive Helge Hove Haldorsen Named 2015 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers

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Helge Hove Haldorsen Richardson, Texas, USA (June 2013) –  The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)  has named Helge Hove Haldorsen, vice president of strategy and portfolio for Statoil Development and Production North America, as 2015 president of the international professional society. Haldorsen, who is based in Houston, Texas, will take office as president-elect on 2 October 2013 at the close of SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA, USA.

Prior to his tenure at Statoil, Haldorsen worked for Norsk Hydro in various roles including chief reservoir engineer, vice president technology and competence, vice president exploration and research, senior vice president international exploration and production, and president Hydro Gulf of Mexico.

He has also held various engineering positions at British Petroleum, Standard Oil of Ohio (Sohio), and ExxonMobil (Esso). He was a second lieutenant in the Royal Norwegian Navy and professor of industrial mathematics at the University of Oslo.

Haldorsen earned an MS in petroleum engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and a PhD in reservoir engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Offshore Technology Conference board of directors and the external advisory board for the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

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