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Jozsef Marton highlights trends in Africa’s oil and gas recruitment

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Speaking exclusively with Deblina Roy from Oil Review Africa (ORA), Jozsef Marton, Managing Director, London, Preng & Associates, has highlighted the recruitment landscape in Africa’s oil and gas and energy sector and how identifying and attracting talent around the world will impact shareholder value

ORA: Please brief about Preng’s operations. What the company specialize in?

JM: Preng & Associates are the only specialist fully retained boutique international executive search firm working exclusively in the energy sector. We are headquartered in Houston with offices in Chicago and London. We work across three core areas; oil and gas, energy services and equipment and renewables, power and utilities. Founded in 1980 and partner-owned, we handle board level and senior appointments including technical, finance, commercial leadership roles.

We are a specialist firm with a long track record of working with Africa focused energy companies with a proven track record of “appointing locals in senior in-country roles” where working with partners and managing operations are crucial to the growth and success of the company.

We operate in West Africa predominantly, followed by East Africa and North Africa. We work with medium sized companies and not with the majors such as BP, ExxonMobil, Shell etc. In many of the “in-country” roles that we handle our aim is to persuade local candidates to move back to the country where they are from. Recently we worked with a US independent operating in Cote D’Ivoire to recruit a new country manager and we appointed, an Ivorian, Khady Dior Ndiaye. We have also recently worked with another US independent and persuaded a Ghanaian to relocate to Malabo to lead their country operations in Equatorial Guinea. Also we have persuaded a local Nigerian candidate relocate from Abu Dhabi back to Lagos for a West African focused, London-listed oil and gas company.

Local content agenda is always our priority and we believe it is really important. Companies need to identify and attract locals to senior leadership roles. As the governments want to work more closely with companies and want indigenous companies to become more pervasive in the future, the only way to do that is to teach local candidates from operations and technical programmes. Then, in the future, they can go out and set up their own companies. Here, we are playing an important role in terms of the future development of local oil and gas companies in Africa. Not only this helps an individual’s career, but also helps the country build a better energy sector that serves the population and actually delivers value for people living there.

ORA: In terms of talent pool, what is going on in the oil and gas sector? What kinds of talents are in?

JM: Companies are interested in candidates who can efficiently integrate upstream operation, asset management and business units. With the downward pressure of oil prices, the companies are focused on generating profit at even US$40 per barrel price. They have had to really look very closely at operations and reduce the barrel cost while generating profits. For this, there is a much greater push for integrated operations and need for people who can bring together multi-disciplinary teams and get them working together, collaborating well and bringing about efficiencies. It’s not easy because there aren’t many people out there that have that expertise.

Finding people who is ready to get out into the field is another key area that the companies are looking for. With the strange consequences of COVID-19, people are mostly working from home. But in oil and gas, there has been a much greater push to getting people out in the field, working closely with the technical teams, getting to know their suppliers, government representatives and partners, rather than working from corporate headquarters. Our clients want more people to get out on the fields and perform on the ground. These are the two major areas where we have seen a much greater focus and desire from candidates and I think it will continue going forward.

ORA: How do you think recruitment has been impacted due to COVID-19 crisis?

JM: Well, some people thought recruitment will become more difficult, particularly in the virtual interviewing process and hiring. This is something the companies have never really entertained in the oil and gas industry. They always want to meet the candidates in person and get to know their personality. However, more and more companies are embracing the technology these days. We have recruited people virtually now for the first time ever. For the Marathon’s role, the candidate has never met anyone from Marathon in person and the recruitment has been done virtually.

We have actually seen a slowdown in areas such as board level roles and CEOs. For this, companies still want to wait until they can meet the individuals before hiring. Now, of course, if the pandemic continues for another year or two, that attitude might change. However, the industry is expecting 2021 to be better than 2020.

ORA: How you are addressing the importance of diversity while recruiting senior roles?

JM: Diversity has always been important not just because companies need to do that, but actually, we like to challenge our clients and bring them a diverse range of options to choose from. About diversity, age is more important. The oil and gas is an industry that has people at the senior level mostly over 50 years of age. The average age in London is more than 60 years for a non-executive director. To bring a different perspective in this senior management segment, we encourage bringing in someone of about 40 years of age group.

Another area where diversity really adds value is bringing people from outside the sector. Khady was a managing director at city bank in Senegal. She never worked in the oil and gas industry. But she has an outstanding ability to transition good relationship and leadership skills, banking to oil and gas. It was a diverse appointment because she brought that different perspective and skillset from another sector.

ORA: What are the top five sectors in oil and gas which will see more recruitment drive in the coming days?

JM: In the upstream segment, production operations will be a top sector in driving recruitment. Every company needs to make their production as efficient as possible and as high as possible. Then comes financial skillsets. While doing deals or partnership agreements, ensuring that right commercial agreements put in place is going to be critical to make sure companies can make money. Third one is managing government relationships. This is going to be critical because due to COVID-19, a lot of governments, particularly in Africa and other emerging markets, are put under pressure. Companies need to find people who can manage that pressure and ensure relationships are strong and positive. The fourth segment is attracting the next generation leaders. In the next five years, a lot of people are going to retire from the industry or can not be in the leadership roles. A big challenge is how to replace those individuals. Hence, the competition for talent is going to increase. The fifth call is around the ESG agenda. People are still working out what ESG means for a particular company and how it can help improve performance and attract new investment. Therefore, finding people who really understand those areas are going to be crucial.

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ProPetro Appoints David Schorlemer as Chief Financial Officer

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David Schorlemer Preng Placement CFO of ProPetro ServicesMIDLAND, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– ProPetro Holding Corp. (“ProPetro” or the “Company”) (NYSE: PUMP) today announced the appointment of David Schorlemer as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), as well as the planned departure of Darin Holderness, the Company’s former CFO. Mr. Schorlemer assumed all duties of CFO effective October 23, 2020.

Preng & Associates assisted ProPetro in its search.

Mr. Schorlemer joins ProPetro with broad experience in oilfield services, most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Basic Energy Services, Inc., a Fort Worth, Texas-based oilfield services company. David brings more than 25 years of experience in senior level positions with public and private companies spanning such areas as finance, technology, business process integration, strategic and organizational planning, M&A and capital markets transactions. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, he will be responsible for overseeing and managing ProPetro’s finance, technology and accounting responsibilities. David holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Texas.

“I’d like to formally welcome David to the ProPetro team. We look forward to his future contributions as our CFO,” Phillip Gobe, Chief Executive Officer said. “With David’s talent and experience in our sector and in public company governance, we will have a key player at a critical role going forward to help us remain competitive in a dynamic environment.”

“I would also like to thank Darin for offering his expertise and hard work as he helped the Company navigate through some trying times,” added Gobe. “Darin’s efforts throughout his tenure have laid a strong foundation for our finance and accounting operations moving forward and we will always be grateful for those contributions.”

About ProPetro

ProPetro Holding Corp. is a Midland, Texas-based oilfield services company providing pressure pumping and other complementary services to leading upstream oil and gas companies engaged in the exploration and production of North American unconventional oil and natural gas resources. For more information visit www.propetroservices.com.

 

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Video: Preng & Associates Speaks at The Africa E&P Summit

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Please join Jozsef Marton, Director of Preng & Associates London, as he speaks at the Virtual Africa E&P Summit.

Panel Includes:

Amalia Olivera-Riley 
Head of Exploration
Tullow Oil

Oisin Fanning
Executive Chairman
San Leon Energy Plc

Jan Maier
Vice President – Exploration
Africa Energy

Donna Obaseki-Ogunnaike
Regulatory Specialist and Oil & Gas Lawyer
ACAS Law. Session Moderator

Jozsef Marton
Director
Preng & Associates

Preng & Associates is proud to sponsor the Virtual Africa E&P Summit.

SeekOps Onboards New Chief Executive to Implement Global Growth

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(Sept. 10, 2020) In order to address the expanded global market demand for its products while positioning the company for increased growth, SeekOps has strengthened its leadership team by adding a new Chief Executive Officer to guide it through this critical next step.

SeekOps is pleased to announce Iain Cooper as its new CEO. Preng & Associates assisted SeekOps in its search.

Iain, who previously led technology development, strategy and investment at Schlumberger, brings 30 years of experience in the energy sector. His experience will not only lead SeekOps through effective international scaling of its technology and services, but also expansion beyond traditional energy-sector business into other major industrial verticals, such as biogas, waste management and mining, monitoring broader range of chemical species.

SeekOps Inc. develops and deploys advanced sensor technology for the energy sector to detect, localize, and quantify methane emissions through integrated drone-based systems. SeekOps’ unique sensor design eliminates false positive readings and localizes emissions sources to provide actionable data to oil and gas operators in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Backed by funding from the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investments (OGCI-CI), and Equinor Technology Ventures (ETV), SeekOps provides best-in-class technology to meet increasingly stringent environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) reporting requirements, and enables producers worldwide realize their goal to reduce methane intensity from operations.

Iain comments: “SeekOps actionable data products have been demonstrated in rigorous oil and gas environments, and while we will continue global growth to support upstream operations, SeekOps will also translate its capabilities to meet the needs of the midstream and downstream sectors. Furthermore, there are similar environmental and sustainability pressures across other industries that must be validated using accurate and reliable technologies, as typified by SeekOps.”

This move strengthens the current executive team as the company’s Founder and CEO of three and a half years, Andrew Aubrey, transitions to a new role as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. These strategic partnerships will be a key component of SeekOps’ future growth.

Contacts
Media Contact – SeekOps Inc.
Paul Khuri
SeekOps Inc.
VP Business Development
Phone: (713)962-6146
info@seekops.com

Sponsoring Africa E&P Summit

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Preng & Associates is proud to sponsor the upcoming Virtual Africa E&P Summit. We look forward to catching up with our clients and placements as well as making new connections.
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SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Jozsef Marton
Managing Director
Preng & Associates

Wissam Al-Monthiry
Managing Director
Tullow Ghana

Guest Speaker: Patrick Pouyanné
CEO
Total

Kevin Okyere
CEO
Springfield Group

Thore Kristiansen
Executive Director & Head of E&P
Galp

Gil Holzman
President & CEO
Eco Atlantic Oil & Gas

Jasper Peijs
Vice President Exploration – Africa
BP

Maggy Shino
Petroleum Commissioner
Ministry of Mines & Energy, Namibia

Egbert Faibille Jnr
Chief Executive Officer
Petroleum Commission Ghana

Joseph Medou
Director General
PETROSEN

Honorable Archie Donmo
Director-General
Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority (LPRA)

Keith Hill
President
Africa Oil Corp.

Tracey Henderson
Chief Exploration Officer
Kosmos Energy

Rob Tims
Managing Director
RWT Energy Advisory

Cath Norman
Managing Director
FAR Limited

Andrew Knott
CEO
Savannah Energy

Alexander Mollinger
COO
Discover Exploration

Tom Hickey
CEO
Boru Energy

Duncan Rushworth
VP Business Development
Svenska Petroleum

Amalia Olivera-Riley
Head of Exploration
Tullow Oil

Dele Kuti
Global Head, Oil and Gas – Corporate and Investment Banking
Standard Bank

Oisin Fanning
CEO
San Leon Energy

Lekan Akinyanmi
CEO
Lekoil

Jan Maier
VP Exploration
Africa Energy

Jerreh Barrow
Petroleum Commissioner
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, The Republic of The Gambia

Lindiwe Mekwe
General Manager: Regulation
Petroleum Agency SA

Carlos Zacarias
President
INP Mozambique

Tom Perkins
Acquisitions & Divestitures
Stellar Energy Advisors

Keith Myers
President, Research
Westwood Global Energy Group

Richard Hood
Senior Research Analyst
Wood Mackenzie

Philip Birch
Exploration Director
Impact Oil & Gas

Ade Adeola
Head Oil & Gas
Standard Chartered

Jon Clark
Partner – EMEIA Leader Oil & Gas Transaction Advisory Services
EY

Paul Eardley-Taylor
Head Oil and Gas, Southern Africa
Standard Bank

 

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Matthew DeNezza Joins Crusoe Energy Systems as Chief Financial Officer

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About Us — Crusoe Energy Systems(Aug. 24, 2020) Crusoe Energy Systems Inc. (Crusoe) announced today that Matthew DeNezza joined as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. DeNezza brings decades of financial and strategic leadership experience to the Digital Flare Mitigation® and distributed cloud computing company and will allow Crusoe to finance and build a new paradigm of ESG-forward energy and computing services for the oil and gas industry.

Preng & Associates assisted Crusoe in its search.

“Matt brings a new level of experience and leadership to our fast-growing team and will help Crusoe access new funding streams and financing relationships. With Matt’s support and financing capabilities, we can scale Crusoe by orders of magnitude.”

DeNezza, Crusoe’s new CFO, said, “I have served as the CFO of a publicly traded upstream operator as well as a private equity sponsored midstream operator, and I have heard first-hand from investors that they need to solve environmental problems like flaring. Crusoe goes one step further and is creating innovative new business models with their oil and gas clients that unlock value from previously stranded or wasted resources. This is an innovation that I want to be a part of.” Crusoe is already accomplishing these goals at a significant scale, with more than 30 flare-powered computing modules deployed across North America’s oilfields. The Company is reducing flaring by millions of cubic feet per day, eliminating emissions in the process and creating a new source of value for both energy producers and compute resource users. DeNezza continued, “I am inspired by Crusoe’s mission, values, and business proposition. We will continue to build Crusoe into a novel, paradigm-shifting leader in both the energy industry and technology industries.”

Chase Lochmiller, Crusoe’s CEO and Co-Founder, said, “Matt brings a new level of experience and leadership to our fast-growing team and will help Crusoe access new funding streams and financing relationships. With Matt’s support and financing capabilities, we can scale Crusoe by orders of magnitude.”

Cully Cavness, Crusoe’s President and Co-Founder, said, “Early in our conversations with Matt, he recognized the need for today’s oil and gas operators to embrace novel, efficient environmental technologies like Digital Flare Mitigation as part of the industry’s response to environmental, social and governance (ESG) demands from investors and the public. As an industry insider who wants to make a difference and be part of the solution, Matt is well aligned with Crusoe’s mission and environmental goals.”

Prior to joining Crusoe, DeNezza served as the CFO of Meritage Midstream, a private equity-sponsored midstream firm operating in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Previous to his leadership role at Meritage, DeNezza was the CFO of Eclipse Resources, an early entrant into the Utica shale play. DeNezza joined Eclipse in 2013 where he and the senior management team rapidly grew the business, took the company public in 2014 and eventually merged the business to create Montage Resources Corporation in 2018.

DeNezza launched his finance career as an energy-focused investment banker, primarily at Deutsche Bank in New York City, where he worked from 2002 to 2013 serving both privately held and publicly traded upstream, midstream and downstream firms.

Prior to Deutsche Bank, DeNezza served his country in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer assigned to the USS Boise, a fast-attack nuclear submarine, from 1994 to 1998. He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and children.

About Crusoe Energy Systems Inc.

Crusoe Energy Systems provides innovative solutions for the energy industry. By converting natural gas to energy-intensive computing, Crusoe’s Digital Flare Mitigation® service delivers an environmentally sound way to create a beneficial use for otherwise wasted natural gas. Crusoe has deployed flare mitigation projects in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Systems are scalable up to millions of cubic feet per day and can be deployed anywhere in the United States or Canada.

Background on Flaring

Natural gas flaring has become an acute pain point for shale oil producers, which produce natural gas as a byproduct of oil. This oil-associated natural gas production has outpaced gas pipeline infrastructure in many parts of the North American shale industry. In the absence of pipeline capacity, operators tend to burn natural gas in a process known as “flaring” or “combusting.” Approximately 335 billion cubic feet of natural gas are flared annually in the United States, according to latest 2017 data from the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), which is enough gas to power more than 7 million U.S. homes. Flaring generates pushback from the public and policymakers, who increasingly raise environmental concerns around emissions, resource waste, visual impacts and air quality.

Please reach out to info@crusoeenergy.com or visit www.crusoeenergy.com to learn more, and follow Crusoe on Linkedin and Twitter.

Contacts
Chase Lochmiller
CEO and Chairman

Cully Cavness
President

info@crusoeenergy.com

Primoris Services Corporation Appoints Two New Members to Its Board of Directors

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(July 07, 2020) Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: PRIM) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Patti Wagner and Terry McCallister as new directors, effective July 1, 2020.

Preng & Associates assisted Primoris in its search.

Ms. Wagner’s and Mr. McCallister’s appointed terms will expire at the 2021 Annual Meeting, at which time they will be up for re-election. With the addition of Ms. Wagner and Mr. McCallister, the Board will consist of ten members, of whom eight meet the Nasdaq guidelines as independent directors. The Board has not yet appointed Ms. Wagner or Mr. McCallister to any specific committees.

Ms. Wagner has over thirty years of experience in the utility and industrial markets, with leadership experience at both the corporate and operating subsidiary level. She was Group President of U.S. utilities for Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) until her retirement in 2019. Her career with Sempra spanned nearly twenty-five years and included such leadership roles as Chief Executive Officer of SoCal Gas and Chief Executive Officer of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, which included Sempra’s renewable energy infrastructure portfolio along with other infrastructure assets. She also held leadership roles in accounting, information technology, and audit. Prior to her time at Sempra, she held positions at Fluor, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, and American McGaw.

Ms. Wagner currently serves on the Boards of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG), where she is the chair of the Compensation committee, and of California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT), where she is a member of the Audit and Nominating & Governance committees. Ms. Wagner holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Mr. McCallister has a forty-year history in nearly all aspects of the energy sector, including utilities, pipelines, clean energy, and exploration and production endeavors. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas from 2009 until his retirement in 2018. Prior thereto, Mr. McCallister served as President and Chief Operating Officer of WGL and Washington Gas, joining Washington Gas in 2000 as Vice President of Operations. He has also held various leadership positions with Southern Natural Gas and Atlantic Richfield Company.

Mr. McCallister currently serves on the Board of AltaGas Ltd. (TO: ALA), where he is a member of the Environment, Health, and Safety committee. His Board experience includes serving as the Chair of WGL Holdings prior to its being acquired. He has served on the National Petroleum Council, the American Gas Association, the Gas Technology Institute, and the Southern Gas Association and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. McCallister has a B.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Executive Program.

Mr. David King, Chairman of the Board, commented, “We are very pleased to welcome both Patti and Terry to the Primoris Board of Directors in line with our Board succession plans and look forward to their contributions to the Board.”

Mr. Tom McCormick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Primoris, commented, “Both Patti and Terry bring their deep industry knowledge to the Board, as well as a hands-on understanding of the operational side of the business, particularly within the utility industry. We are confident that their skills will complement our existing Board members and bring useful insights to Primoris.”

ABOUT PRIMORIS

Founded in 1960, Primoris, through various subsidiaries, has grown to become one of the leading providers of specialty contracting services operating mainly in the United States and Canada. Primoris provides a wide range of specialty construction services, fabrication, maintenance, replacement, and engineering services to a diversified base of customers. The Company’s national footprint extends from Florida, along the Gulf Coast, through California, into the Pacific Northwest and into Canada. For additional information, please visit www.prim.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect, when made, the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties, including with regard to the Company’s future performance. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by terms such as “anticipates”, “believes”, “could”, “estimates”, “expects”, “intends”, “may”, “plans”, “potential”, “predicts”, “projects”, “should”, “will”, “would” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations, business strategies, financing plans, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities, the effects of regulation and the economy, generally. Forward-looking statements inherently involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially as a result of a number of factors, including, among other things, customer timing, project duration, weather, and general economic conditions; changes in our mix of customers, projects, contracts and business; regional or national and/or general economic conditions and demand for our services; price, volatility, and expectations of future prices of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids; variations and changes in the margins of projects performed during any particular quarter; increases in the costs to perform services caused by changing conditions; the termination, or expiration of existing agreements or contracts; the budgetary spending patterns of customers; increases in construction costs that we may be unable to pass through to our customers; cost or schedule overruns on fixed-price contracts; availability of qualified labor for specific projects; changes in bonding requirements and bonding availability for existing and new agreements; the need and availability of letters of credit; costs we incur to support growth, whether organic or through acquisitions; the timing and volume of work under contract; losses experienced in our operations; the results of the review of prior period accounting on certain projects; developments in governmental investigations and/or inquiries; intense competition in the industries in which we operate; failure to obtain favorable results in existing or future litigation or regulatory proceedings, dispute resolution proceedings or claims, including claims for additional costs; failure of our partners, suppliers or subcontractors to perform their obligations; cyber-security breaches; failure to maintain safe worksites; risks or uncertainties associated with events outside of our control, including severe weather conditions, public health crises and pandemics (such as COVID-19), political crises or other catastrophic events; client delays or defaults in making payments; the availability of credit and restrictions imposed by credit facilities; failure to implement strategic and operational initiatives; risks or uncertainties associated with acquisitions, dispositions and investments; possible information technology interruptions or inability to protect intellectual property; the Company’s failure, or the failure of our agents or partners, to comply with laws; the Company’s ability to secure appropriate insurance; new or changing legal requirements, including those relating to environmental, health and safety matters; the loss of one or a few clients that account for a significant portion of the Company’s revenues; asset impairments; and risks arising from the inability to successfully integrate acquired businesses. In addition to information included in this press release, additional information about these and other risks can be found in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Such filings are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Primoris does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

Company Contact
Kate Tholking
Vice President, Investor Relations
ktholking@prim.com

Unitil Announces Hiring of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

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Robert Hevert CFO of Unitil Preng Placement(June 18, 2020) Unitil Corporation (NYSE:UTL) today announced the hiring of Robert B. Hevert, CFA, as Senior Vice President, effective July 23, 2020.

Preng & Associates assisted Unitil in its search.

It is anticipated that Unitil’s Board of Directors will appoint Mr. Hevert to the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and Treasurer of the Company at its upcoming meeting on July 29, 2020. It is also anticipated that Laurence M. Brock, who has served as Unitil’s interim CFO and Treasurer since March 16, 2020, will step down as CFO and Treasurer on July 29, 2020, but will remain as Senior Vice President and will work directly with Mr. Hevert in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Mr. Hevert most recently served as Partner and Practice Area Leader of Rates, Regulation and Planning at ScottMadden, Inc., where he has practiced since 2016. Mr. Hevert was founder and Managing Partner of Sussex Economic Advisors, LLC from 2012 until 2016, and President of Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc. from 2002 until 2012. Mr. Hevert also served in senior positions at Navigant Consulting, Inc. (now, Guidehouse) from 1997 until 2002, and Vice President and Assistant Treasurer at Bay State Gas Company. Mr. Hevert holds a degree in business and economics from the University of Delaware, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is a CFA® Charterholder.

“I’m thrilled to have someone with Bob’s character, leadership and experience joining our executive team. Bob’s extensive background in the energy and utility industries including corporate finance, rates and regulatory matters, energy markets and strategic planning make him an ideal choice to lead Unitil’s financial organization,” said Thomas P. Meissner, Jr., Unitil’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “I’d also like to thank Larry Brock for all he has done to ensure our continued success, not only through this transition, but over his many years of service.”

About Unitil Corporation

Unitil Corporation provides energy for life by safely and reliably delivering natural gas and electricity in New England. We are committed to the communities we serve and to developing people, business practices, and technologies that lead to the delivery of dependable, more efficient energy. Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company with operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, Unitil’s operating utilities serve approximately 106,100 electric customers and 83,900 natural gas customers. For more information about our people, technologies, and community involvement please visit www.unitil.com.

For more information please contact:

Todd Diggins – Investor Relations
Phone: 603-773-6504
Email: diggins@unitil.com

Alec O’Meara – Media Relations
Phone: 603-773-6404
Email: omeara@unitil.com

Texas A&M Foundation Names Chief Investment Officer

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a photo of Mike Pia Texas A&M Preng Placement Chief Investment Officer(May 18, 2020) The Texas A&M Foundation publicly announced today the hire of Michael Pia, who assumed the role of chief investment officer on May 1. Pia will lead the Foundation’s investment staff and help drive critical decisions for the success of the Foundation’s long-term investment pool benefiting Texas A&M University.

Preng & Associates assisted The Texas A&M Foundation in its search.

The hiring of Pia comes at an important time as the Foundation investment team seeks to implement forward-thinking endowment management strategies throughout and beyond the period of market volatility during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Foundation officials.

Pia comes to the Foundation from the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) of Texas, where he most recently served as managing director of Strategic Partnerships & Research for its Investment Management Division (IMD), overseeing approximately 10 percent of the TRS Trust’s assets. He also served as chairman of the IMD’s Management Committee and as a voting member of its Internal Investment Committee. Previously, he worked as chief of staff to the TRS chief investment officer, coordinating and ensuring execution of his division’s internal and external executive-level initiatives across the Trust. Since 2015, Pia led a nine-person investment team that managed $15 billion in assets and six of the Trust’s largest relationships.

“I am very excited to join the Texas A&M Foundation, an organization with a culture and values that align closely with mine,” Pia said. “I am inspired by its work to build a brighter future for Texas A&M University so that Aggieland can continue to develop future leaders for Texas and our nation. My role as chief investment officer represents an opportunity to continue a lifetime of service, and I am highly motivated to make a significant and lasting impact on the Foundation and university.”

The Foundation’s executive leadership pointed to Pia’s lengthy track record of principled investment performance, as well as his leadership and technical skills honed over the last 30 years. “The Board of Trustees fully supports Mike’s hire,” said Otway Denny Jr. ’71, chairman of the Foundation’s board. “We believe we have recruited the best possible candidate to help us achieve our goals for the Texas A&M Foundation’s long-term investment pool.”

Prior to TRS, Pia served in the United States Marine Corps on active duty for 11 years and worked as a software/systems engineer for Lockheed Martin. In addition to holding certificates in financial analysis and alternative investment analysis, Pia holds an MBA from Texas Christian University, an M.S. in software engineering from the University of West Florida and a B.S. in mechanical engineering With Distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is married and has two daughters.

“Mike has a great track record and unlimited potential. He has service in his DNA,” said Tyson Voelkel ’96, president of the Texas A&M Foundation. “Mike has the character, discipline and drive to think and act in the long-term best interests of the endowment. He believes in the power of higher education, and I know he will be a great partner as we evolve our capabilities and performance.”

As chief investment officer, Pia will supervise and guide the Foundation investment team to continually build and manage a portfolio that can perpetually meet the current and future needs of Texas A&M. He will play a crucial role in maintaining a diversified and resilient investment portfolio built to withstand severe market instability, such as the recent financial crisis that has occurred amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our number one priority is the prudent management of the long-term investment pool for the Texas A&M Foundation,” said Lou Paletta ’78, a member of the Board of Trustees and chairman of the Foundation’s Investment Committee. “Mike Pia is the right leader at the right time to partner with our CEO as they manage the endowment for the long-term benefit of Texas A&M University.”

The Foundation’s endowed funds, which come from private donors, are fundamental to ensuring Texas A&M’s future. These funds, all donated with philanthropic intent, are specifically directed toward programs, projects or initiatives in conjunction with the university’s academic partners. Distributions from the endowment annually fund scholarships, graduate fellowships, private research, student activities, college programs and capital construction.

Investment staff at the Foundation prioritize effective diversification and systematic oversight over the long-term to ensure that endowment funds are well managed and uniquely poised to weather the ups and downs of market volatilities, said Foundation officials. Historically, the long-term investment pool has been well-poised to recover from a number of financial downturns and continues to annually provide funds to Texas A&M even in tough economic times.

Voelkel went on to state, “Under Pia’s leadership of the investment team, we will continue to ensure that endowed donors’ gifts through the Texas A&M Foundation will be professionally invested for the benefit of Texas A&M’s students, faculty and staff for the coming decades.”

Texas A&M Foundation

The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aspires to be among the most trusted philanthropies in higher education. It builds a brighter future for Texas A&M University, one relationship at a time. To learn more, visit txamfoundation.com.