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Earl Childress will be appointed senior vice president, business development at Oceaneering International, effective 2 March. He will succeed Steve Barrett who will retire from the position and continue to serve as senior vice president, asset integrity until a replacement is appointed. Childress is currently group vice president/general manager at Teledyne Seismic and Teledyne RD Instruments, a role held since 2016, and group executive vice president of sales and marketing for Marine Instrumentation, a role held since 2015. Before Teledyne, he held sales and management positions with several oceanographic instrumentation manufacturers.


Precision Hawk appointed James Norrod as CEO. His predecessor Michael Chasen will lead the company’s advisory board and continue his role in the efforts to integrate commercial drones into the national airspace as chair of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee.

Norrod has more than 25 years of experience leading companies in regulated industries, including public and venture-backed technology companies. He is experienced in forming strategic partnerships, optimizing operations, establishing sales distribution channels, and developing management teams. His previous leadership positions include CEO of Tellabs, Zhone Technologies, Segway, Telebit, Adage, and Infinite Power Solutions. He also served as executive chairman of Green Bytes. Norrod started his career at IBM, where he managed the General Motors account.


The American Petroleum Institute (API) announced that Phillips 66 Chairman and CEO Greg Garland will serve as chairman of API’s board of directors for a 2-year term. Garland recently served the API board as chair of the Finance Committee and succeeds chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Darren Woods, who will remain a member of API’s Executive Committee.

Garland has more than 30 years of experience in technical and leadership positions within the natural gas and chemical industries. Before appointed CEO of Phillips 66, he was senior vice president, exploration and production, Americas, for ConocoPhillips since 2010. He was previously president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, which is now a joint venture between Phillips 66 and Chevron, and senior vice president, planning and specialty chemicals, at Chevron Phillips.


Amy B. Schwetz was appointed senior vice president and CFO at Flowserve Corp., effective 24 February. Schwetz was previously executive vice president and CFO at Peabody. During her 14-year career at Peabody, Schwetz served  as vice president, capital and financial planning; vice president, investor relations; senior vice president finance – Australia; and for the past 4 years, CFO. Before Peabody, Schwetz spent 8 years in various roles at Ernst & Young managing audit engagements with public and private companies. Schwetz serves on the board of directors for Dril-Quip. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and is a certified public accountant.


BP announced Brian Gilvary, CFO of the company for more than 8 years, will retire from the company and step down from the BP board on 30 June. Current upstream segment CFO Murray Auchincloss will succeed Gilvary and join the BP board on 1 July.

Gilvary joined BP in 1986 after obtaining a PhD in mathematics from the University of Manchester. After holding a variety of commercial and financial roles internationally in BP’s upstream, downstream, and trading businesses, he became chief executive of BP’s integrated supply and trading function in 2005 and in 2010 deputy CFO and head of finance. He became BP CFO and joined the BP board in 2012. During his time as CFO he led the rebuilding and strengthening of the group’s finances and the resolution of complex litigation after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, managed the impacts of the oil price crash of 2014/15, and played an integral role in evolving BP’s position in Russia. Gilvary is a nonexecutive director of Air Liquide, the Royal Navy Board, and the Francis Crick Institute. His is the chair of the 100 Group of Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Finance Directors.

BP’s Upstream segment CFO since 2015, Auchincloss was previously upstream deputy CFO and head of business development for the segment. Before this he was head of the group chief executive’s office from 2010 to 2013, working with BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley. Auchincloss joined Amoco Canada in 1992 and his early career included financial and planning roles in Canada and the US. After a period as commercial director for BP’s Onshore North America business, he was CFO for BP’s North Sea business. He holds a degree in finance from the University of Calgary and qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst. Auchincloss is the deputy director of the Aker BP board.


Stratagraph, a mud logging and pressure detection services company, appointed William A. Hagan as president and CEO. Hagan was previously president at Stratagraph, and held positions in sales, business development, marketing, operations, and mud logging since he started his career with the company in 1998. Hagan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Centenary College of Louisiana. He is a member of regional geological societies and is a past president and/or board member of the Lafayette Geological Society, the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and the Petroleum Club of Lafayette.

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