​Exec shifts at BP Canada, Pengrowth, Matrrix Energy Technologies: This week’s HR news

BP plc appointed Starlee Sykes as its regional president for the Gulf of Mexico and Canada, effective Feb. 1. Image: BP/Twitter

Here is a list of human resources highlights as appeared in the Daily Oil Bulletin for the week ending Jan. 26, 2018:

Lyle Whitmarsh appointed CEO of Matrrix Energy Technologies

Lyle Whitmarsh is now president and chief executive officer of MATRRIX Energy Technologies Inc., as well as a member of the company’s board of directors.

President of the rig division after joining MATRRIX in August 2017, prior to that Whitmarsh was president of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. from 2002 to 2008, and CEO and a member of the Trinidad board of directors until March 2017. Rick Ryan, formerly president and CEO and a director, has left MATRRIX to pursue other opportunities.

BP names new president of U.S., Gulf of Mexico, Canada regions

BP plc appointed Starlee Sykes as its regional president for the Gulf of Mexico and Canada, effective Feb. 1, and succeeding Richard Morrison, who has elected to retire following 37 years of distinguished service with the company.

Sykes, who will continue to be based in Houston, currently serves as vice-president for BP's global projects organization for offshore projects. In the new role, Sykes will serve as chairman of BP Exploration & Production Inc. and be a member of the board of directors for BP America Inc.

Pengrowth appoints chief operating officer, senior exec resigns

Pengrowth Energy Corporation has appointed Randy Steele as chief operating officer. Originally joining the company in 1998 and currently holding the position of senior vice-president, conventional operations, he will assume operational responsibility for all of the company’s operations.

Meanwhile, Steve De Maio, senior vice-president thermal operations will be leaving the company in mid-March to pursue other endeavours.

Former Canadian Natural exec appointed to TORC board

TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. has appointed Mary-Jo Case, an independent businesswoman with more than 34 years of oil and gas industry experience, to its board of directors.

Prior to her retirement in 2015, Case was a member of the senior management committee at Canadian Natural Resources Limited where she was responsible for the Canadian merger and acquisition activity overseeing hundreds of acquisitions and dispositions as well as several corporate transactions.

She has a depth of experience in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, negotiations, contracts, land administration, land systems and human resources.

BP chief operating officer for global NGLs departs

Jay Gulley, chief operating officer of BP Energy Company’s global natural gas liquids business, has left the company, say three sources familiar with the matte, with one source suggesting Jared Kaiser will replace him.

Neither Gulley nor BP immediately responded to a media requests for comment. Gulley had been the COO since April 2010, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, he was senior vice-president and managing director at Louis Dreyfus Energy, according to his profile.

It was not immediately clear where he was going or why he left the company. His replacement, Kaiser, is currently senior vice-president of origination for BP, according to his LinkedIn profile.