CEOs leave Trinidad Drilling and Ceiba Energy Services: This week's HR news

Here is a list of human resources highlights as appeared in the Daily Oil Bulletin for the week ending March 17, 2017:

Whitmarsh leaving Trinidad

Trinidad Drilling CEO Lyle Whitmarsh has left the company to pursue other interests. Brent Conway will assume the president and CEO role.

Conway has extensive experience in oilfield services, including a long history with Trinidad, having joined the company in 2001 as chief financial officer. From 2008, in addition to his role as CFO, he was appointed as executive vice-president and took on the added responsibility of Trinidad’s operations.

Ceiba Energy Services announces executive changes

Ceiba Energy Services Inc. announced that Richard Lane, interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer, as well as president Ian Simister, are no longer with the company.

Ralph Hesje, chairman of the board, announced the appointment of current board member Ronald Sifton as interim CEO of the company, effective immediately. Sifton joined the board in March 2014 after a 27 year career as executive VP and CFO of Newalta Corporation.

Workers return to Syncrude’s Alberta oilsands plant after fire

The majority of workers at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands plant had returned to work on March 15 after a fire the previous day, according to a company spokesman.

An explosion rocked the Mildred Lake facility around 2 p.m. on March 14, prompting an evacuation. One worker was injured and taken to hospital in serious-but-stable condition. Access to the 350,000-bbl-per-day Mildred Lake upgrading facility was still restricted the following day, however, as Syncrude investigated the cause of the fire.

Bellatrix board and management changes

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. has promoted Charles Kraus, vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary, to the position of executive vice-president, and will otherwise continue in his role as the company’s general counsel and corporate secretary.

Meanwhile, the company has promoted Garrett Ulmer to chief operating officer from his previous position as vice-president, engineering. Finally, Robert Lee is the new vice-president, marketing. Lee was previously director, marketing and commercial with Bellatrix.

Tervita announces new CFO

Tervita Corporation has announced Rob Dawson as its new chief financial officer, replacing outgoing CFO Stephen Kersley.

With a commerce degree, as well as chartered accountant and chartered financial analyst designations, Dawson recently held the role of CFO for former Syncrude co-owner Canadian Oil Sands Limited.

Birchcliff retirement

James Surbey is retiring as vice-president, corporate development and corporate secretary at Birchcliff Energy Ltd., effective June 30.

Management intends to nominate Surbey for election as a director at Birchcliff’s upcoming annual and special meeting of shareholders, which is scheduled for May 11. In addition, the company expects Surbey to consultant for Birchcliff following his retirement. Surbey was a Birchcliff cofounder and has been with the company or its predecessors since 2004.

Total CEO’s pay goes up 25 per cent in 2016 to 3.8 million euros

French oil major Total SA’s chief executive, Patrick Pouyanné, received a 25-per-cent rise in total pay last year to 3.8 million euros (US$4.1 million), says the company. His base pay was 1.4 million euros and the variable portion amounted to 2.4 million euros.

The company also granted Pouyanné 60,000 shares under a long-term scheme, worth about 2.8 million euros at current prices. Total had committed to pay Pouyanné an annual pension of 691,000 euros, based on 20 years’ service at the end of 2016. By comparison, Ben Van Beurden, the CEO of Total’s bigger European rival Royal Dutch Shell plc, received a 60-per-cent increase to his total pay in 2016 to roughly 8.26 million euros.