Business News

December 2017

Nessen joins Gulf Publishing as Group Publisher for Pipelines, Infrastructure Group

Brian Nessen, an experienced business-to-business media and trade show executive, has joined Gulf Publishing Company as Group Publisher. Nessen will manage a group that includes Pipeline & Gas Journal, Underground Construction, Underground Construction Technology conference and exhibition, and the Pipeline Opportunities Conference.

Gulf Publishing Company acquired the publications and conferences managed by Nessen in its acquisition of Oildom Publishing in April 2017.

“We are very pleased to have Brian join our management team,” said John Royall, President and CEO of Gulf Publishing Company. “The pipeline and infrastructure segment gives us a very strong and growing business in the midstream market to complement our upstream and downstream operations. Brian is a pro, and is the right person to build these businesses.”

Nessen has more than 25 years of management, sales and marketing experience in business-to-business media and trade shows in oil and gas, power generation, chemical processing, and automotive markets.

“Gulf Publishing Company offers very high-quality brands that are leaders in their respective fields, and Pipeline & Gas Journal, Underground Construction and their related conferences are a natural fit for the business,” said Nessen. “My goal is to take these excellent information sources for industry professionals and vehicles for marketers, and expand and improve our product offerings.”

Nessen was most recently co-founder of Stone Fort Group, and previously held the position of Vice President/Group Publisher of Access Intelligence’s POWER and Chemical Group. Formerly he worked at Atlantic Communications and PennWell.

He is married with three children and resides in the Houston area.

NDT Global strengthens executive team

NDT Global, announces the senior appointment of Derek Kernan, vice president of Quality Management to its global operation.

In this new role, Kernan holds overall responsibility for Quality Management including Global Quality Services for all aspects of NDT’s business including document control, corrective action systems, continuous improvement, internal auditing, supplier quality management and quality assurance for Data Services. He brings a wealth of experience in organization building, high performance team direction, strategy development, process improvement, customer relations and problem solving.

Throughout his career, Kernan has had extensive European, U.S. and other international experience in the areas of quality and product improvements in highly regulated and competitive high-tech environments.

Senate confirms McIntyre, Glick to FERC

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of Kevin McIntyre and Richard Glick to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). McIntyre will serve as chairman.

McIntyre, co-leader of the global Energy Practice at the law firm Jones Day, will serve out the remainder of a term that ends June 2018 and a full term that ends June 2023. Glick, general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will serve out the remainder of a term that ends in June 2022.

EnLink Midstream makes management change

EnLink Midstream LLC and EnLink Midstream Partners LP announced that Cynthia L. Jaggi is the new senior vice president of Strategic Process Transformation, a new team within the company. She will manage the new Strategic Process Transformation team, which EnLink created to lead and enhance its business performance.

Through Jaggi’s leadership, EnLink’s engineering and major projects teams significantly improved their processes, applying lessons learned from a “Project Playbook” spearheaded by Jaggi. She has held several key roles since she joined EnLink’s predecessor company in 2006, most recently as senior vice president of Engineering and Operations Services.

INGAA board elects Bruner chairman

The board of directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) has elected Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company (IPOC) President Jeffrey Bruner as chairman of the INGAA board of directors for a one‐year term, effective immediately.

Bruner’s main priorities as chairman include educating Americans that natural gas is an essential part of a diverse mix of complementary resources that will meet our nation’s current and future energy needs; preserving the integrity of our federal interstate natural gas pipeline permitting process; and promoting INGAA members’ commitment to safe and responsible pipeline construction and operation.

Bruner also noted that, as chairman, he would seek opportunities to work with the appropriate agencies to ensure a predictable and timely permitting process for new infrastructure that will be sustainable in the face of potential legal challenge and the shifting winds of political change, along with leading the industry in the continued pursuit of its most important and overarching goals – safe and responsible pipeline construction and operations, as well as facility and cyber security.

Bruner joined IPOC, operator for the Iroquois Gas Transmission System, in 1992. During his 25‐year career at Iroquois, he held the position of vice president, general counsel and secretary before being named president in 2013. Prior to joining Iroquois, Bruner worked for Transco Energy Co.

Bruner also currently serves on the board of directors of the Northeast Gas Association and is a member of the Society of Gas Lighting.

EPA names O&G, utility executives to science advisory boards

(AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named a slate of new members to federal science advisory boards, including several who work for chemical and fossil-fuel interests.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his appointments after saying he would block scientists who receive federal research grants from serving. That change ruled out many highly qualified experts from colleges and universities, who the EPA chief said had potential conflicts of interest.

Instead, Pruitt’s new list features members who are more likely to reflect industry-friendly views. They include executives and scientists working for electricity companies, pharmaceutical companies, a chemical industry trade group, a pesticide manufacturer and the oil industry. The list includes several college professors and environmental regulators from conservative-leaning states.

A Republican lawyer, Pruitt said his goal is to introduce more diverse viewpoints and backgrounds among those on the 22 boards, which advise EPA on a wide range of issues including drinking water standards and air pollution limits.

Pruitt named Paul Gilman as the new chair of EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors. Gilman is a former EPA official who now works as a senior vice president at Covanta, a company that operates plants that generate electricity by incinerating waste.

Gilman replaces Deborah Swackhamer, a retired professor who taught environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Plains All American announces management succession plan

Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA) and Plains GP Holdings announced its management succession plan and transition process regarding Greg Armstrong’s retirement as chief executive officer, effective at the end of 2018.

Under the plan approved by PAA’s board of directors, Willie Chiang, the company’s current executive vice president and chief operating officer – U.S., will become CEO upon Armstrong’s retirement, with Armstrong continuing to serve as non-executive chairman of the board of directors through December 2019.

Chiang joined PAA in 2015 as PAA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer – U.S., and was appointed to the board of directors in February 2017. He has more than 30 years of energy industry experience, having served in a number of executive leadership roles within large, complex organizations like PAA. Prior to joining PAA, Chiang held the positions of executive vice president, Operations at Occidental Petroleum, and senior vice president of Refining, Marketing, Transportation and Commercial for ConocoPhillips.