Business News

September 2017

Senate Confirms Chatterjee, Powelson to FERC

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of Neil Chatterjee and Robert F. Powelson to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Chatterjee, a senior energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), will serve out the remainder of a term that ends in June 2021. Powelson, a member and former chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission since 2008 and current president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, will serve out the remainder of a term that ends in June 2020.

Mandel to lead integration of Jacobs, CH2M

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., as part of the separately announced acquisition of CH2M HILL Companies Ltd., has formed an Integration Management Office (IMO) to oversee the integration of Jacobs and CH2M. The IMO will be jointly led on a full-time, dedicated basis by senior executives from both companies. Gary Mandel, who joined Jacobs six years ago through the Aker Solutions Process & Construction acquisition, and most recently served as Jacobs president of Petroleum & Chemicals (P&C), has been appointed to lead the integration for Jacobs. In addition, Jacobs announced that Vinayak Pai has been appointed interim head of global P&C.

Previously, Mandel served as president of Jacobs’ global P&C business serving clients in the oil and gas, refining and chemicals market sectors – offering a full range of consulting, PMC, EPC and EPCM services. He also led Jacobs’ global Mining and Minerals business. As a result of Jacobs’ acquisition of Aker Solutions Process & Construction business in 2011, Mandel joined Jacobs as executive vice president of Operations overseeing various global portfolios including, upstream and downstream oil and gas business, as well as the heavy process, biopharma, infrastructure, consulting, module fabrication, specialty chemicals and mining and minerals markets.

Fluor Selects Stanski as CFO 

Fluor Corp. announced that Bruce Stanski has been appointed as Fluor’s chief financial officer (CFO), replacing Biggs Porter, whose retirement was previously announced in March. Porter will continue to support Fluor as an advisor on NuScale Power as well as in other capacities.

Stanski has served as the president of Fluor’s Government Group since March 2009, and under his leadership, has substantially grown Fluor’s business in the sale and delivery of value-added services to government agencies including the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, State and Homeland Security, as well as the U.K.’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Prior to joining Fluor, he served as CFO at another company in the engineering and construction sector.

In his new role, Stanski will lead Fluor’s finance, audit, investor relations, compliance and ethics, and

Von Thaer Named President, CEO of Battelle

Battelle’s Board of Directors announced that Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer has been selected as president and CEO of Battelle, the 9th CEO in the company’s 87-year history. Von Thaer, who has extensive leadership experience in diverse markets including engineering, intelligence, and other federal contracting sectors, will officially begin his new role on October 1, 2017. He comes to Battelle from DynCorp International where he has served as CEO since July 2015.

Von Thaer will succeed Jeff Wadsworth, Battelle’s president and CEO since January 2009. Wadsworth is retiring after serving two additional years beyond his original retirement date to ensure strength of operations, implementation of a long-term growth strategy, and an orderly succession planning process. He will assist Von Thaer with the leadership transition through the end of the year and will consult on projects for the company as needed.

Von Thaer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University. He serves as a member of the Defense Science Board and participates on the Board of Directors for the National Intelligence University Foundation and the Transition Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). He also serves as a trustee at Kansas State University.

ConocoPhillips Appoints Mulligan to Board

ConocoPhillips announced that its board of directors has elected Sharmila Mulligan, founder and chief executive officer of ClearStory Data Inc., to serve as a board member.

Mulligan spent her career building innovative software companies, most recently founding ClearStory Data Inc. in 2011. She previously served in senior roles at numerous software companies, including Aster Data, Hewlett-Packard, Netscape and Opsware Inc. She serves on the board of Lattice Engines and serves as an advisor to numerous other technology companies. She holds bachelors’ degrees in business and economics, as well as computer science, from Northwestern University.

Mulligan holds a master’s in management from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

EN Engineering Opens Indianapolis Office

EN Engineering has opened a new office in Indianapolis, IN to better serve clients in the region. The office, which is located at 8888 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN, is located near many of the gas and electric local distribution companies and pipeline clients the firm serves. In addition, Indianapolis provides an outstanding location for expansion and the opportunity to create new relationships.

The firm has 17 other locations around the country, and engineers licensed to practice in all 50 states.

Tall Oak Midstream forms Tall Oak Midstream III LLC

Tall Oak Midstream LLC announced that its founders have formed Tall Oak Midstream III LLC with an initial equity commitment of up to $200 million from private equity firm EnCap Flatrock Midstream and Tall Oak management.

In January 2016, Tall Oak sold its first venture to EnLink for $1.55 billion. At that time, the company already had formed Tall Oak Midstream II LLC. Tall Oak II will continue to focus on operating and expanding its midstream assets in the Northwest STACK play. The new company, Tall Oak III, will pursue midstream opportunities across North America outside the Northwest STACK.

PHMSA R&D Program Seeking Proposals for Research Awards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that its Pipeline Safety Research and Development (R&D) Program is accepting proposals for research awards for research focusing on pipeline threat prevention; pipeline leak detection; pipeline anomaly detection/characterization; underground natural gas storage; and liquefied natural gas. PHMSA’s R&D Program awards funding to eligible entities to stimulate research into, and promote commercialization of, new technologies that can help protect people, property, and the environment from pipeline failures while keeping the energy sector operating uninterrupted.

Eligible applicants include universities and other academic institutions; individuals; profit organizations; nonprofit organizations; states; U.S. territories and possessions; American Indian tribes; and local governments.

NEB, Comisión Reguladora de Energía Create Strategic Partnership

The National Energy Board (NEB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission – Comisión Reguladora de Energía – to guide ongoing collaboration and the exchange of technical and regulatory information.

With a view of promoting regulatory excellence in both countries, the MOU provides a framework for the two organizations to share experiences, lessons learned and best practices on subjects such as pipeline safety, damage prevention, safety culture, transparency and communications.