Category: People

Apache taps new CFO as exiting CEO gets hefty retirement package

Apache abruptly announced longtime CEO G. Steven Farris’ retirement this week.  More »

Big and small picture insights from the week of one oil & gas young professional

After a trip to Denver to visit my client last week, I look back with mixed feelings: a great, great few days for me personally where I came away feeling that I am absolutely on the right career path, but another bad week for the industry, which looks like it must prepare for a downturn that won’t end soon.  More »

Oil group to focus on midstream issues

The American Petroleum Institute’s decision to create a new midstream department focusing on that segment of the oil and gas industry follows the lead of regulators, executives and environmentalists who also are increasingly involved in energy infrastructure.  More »

Continental CEO’s ex-wife cashes $1 billion check, his lawyer says

Oklahoma fracking billionaire Harold Hamm’s ex-wife cashed a check he sent her to cover the almost $1 billion awarded as alimony in their divorce, his lawyer said.  More »

One oil & gas young professional’s look back at 2014

Time is going to pass anyways, so you may as well put in the work now, and – much faster than you realize it – you will get to reap the spoils.  More »

If at first you don’t succeed…

I don’t care how long it takes me, I WILL pass this test. In fact, I won’t just pass it, I’ll crush it, chop it up, drop a bomb on it and bury it.  More »

Ocean energy bureau gets new director

Abigail Hopper, a Maryland energy regulator and veteran of fights over offshore wind farms, will be the top federal official in charge of oil and gas drilling along the nation’s coastlines.  More »

LyondellBasell names new CEO

Chemical company LyondellBasell Industries tapped Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel, an executive vice president with the company, to serve as its new executive officer, the company announced Thursday morning.  More »

Holiday gift guide for the roughneck or petroleum engineer in your life

I’ve got you covered with the list of things anyone would be proud to show off both in the field (well, some of them anyways) or the office.  More »

Q&A: BP America CEO talks oil prices, opportunities

Minge is a former driller who has been with BP for more than three decades, including his most recent stint in Alaska.  More »

Kinder Morgan COO says he’ll take the reins

Kinder Morgan’s second-in-command Steve Kean said he will eventually take over as CEO of the nation’s largest pipeline company by market value after Richard Kinder steps back.  More »

Some tips to study for the petroleum PE exam

Just over six weeks ago I sat the petroleum Professional Engineer (PE) test.  I should be getting my results any day now, and while I don’t want to jinx anything, I think I did well despite the test being so tough. I’m confident because I spent ample time preparing, but even before I could start […]  More »

Halliburton, Baker Hughes name leaders for merger planning team

The integration process is expected to begin after the deal closes in 2015.  More »

Oil prices have you concerned about your career prospects? Don’t worry…too much

This week was a rough one for the oil and gas industry, after OPEC (ok, Saudi Arabia) decided not to cut production to bolster already sagging oil prices, which had the effect of…sending prices even lower, dropping significantly the day after Thanksgiving alone (which, perhaps fortunately, was a shortened trading day). Not surprisingly, stocks for […]  More »

To see success in your career, you have to look at the big picture

Based on what I’ve observed since graduating, and frankly even my own experience and development, this curiosity to ask “what context do I work in” doesn’t come naturally, but if you work at it, your career will benefit greatly.  More »
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