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Whether technical, managerial, commercial or administrative, Reservoir Group people daily demonstrate flair, commitment, vision and talent in pursuit of achieving our customers’ objectives – and more.
They’re encouraged to explore new ideas, devise new solutions, create new collaborations.
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Cris began his career with Amoco in 1980, after receiving his MBA from Wharton and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Dartmouth College. With Amoco, Cris worked in London and Chicago.
In 1987 Cris joined Ensco International, an offshore drilling company based in Dallas, as Chief Financial Officer. He was with Ensco for 16 years as CFO and later as co-President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2003 Cris joined Halliburton Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and in 2007 he became Halliburton’s President of Drilling and Evaluation, managing globally six of Halliburton’s product service lines with over US$8 billion in revenue and over 20,000 employees.
Cris retired from Halliburton in 2009 and joined Houston-based private equity firm SCF Partners as a Managing Director. Cris was elected to Reservoir Group’s Board of Directors as Chairman in February 2010
Beginning his professional life at the age of 16 in the armament industry in Tarbes, Pascal moved into the oil and gas industry in 1980 with Forasol/Foramer. He transferred to the oilfield service industry, about two years later, joining Milchem.
The 1983 downturn in the industry provided an opportunity for him to sign with Diamant Boart – a new coring and drill bit business based in Pau, France – as a coring and bit hand. For the following 16 years Pascal rose to become Regional Manager of the Middle East and Mediterranean region before transferring to a similar position in Latin America.
These different assignments led him to Sicily, Milan, Cairo, Dubai, Venezuela and Houston, enabling him to build a strong international network and master a number of languages.
This, combined with his technical abilities, proven record and industry knowledge, saw Pascal appointed as a new Managing Director by 3i to lead an MBO of Corpro Systems Ltd in 1999.
At that time Corpro was operating almost exclusively in the North Sea and was affected by the slowdown in activity. With the help of a qualified and energetic team, Pascal realigned the business and grew it almost 20 fold in just over eight years.
In 2007, 3i decided to exit Corpro and Pascal led an MBO, financed by SCF Partners, to form the foundations for Reservoir Group.
Pascal is married with four children and is resident in Dubai.
A chartered accountant, Rick studied economics and accountancy at Dundee University then trained as a CA in the city with KPMG. He then moved office to Zurich in 1987, where he spent two years focused on multinational and UK non-resident companies. Thereafter, a transfer to London led him to specialise for a spell in privatisation projects – both in the UK and Eastern Europe.
In 1991, he returned to Scotland, was promoted to partner, and during the subsequent 15 years held a number of senior management roles – covering IT, quality control, training and graduate recruitment – as well as leading the audit of many listed and private companies, and advising on a wide range of M&A activity. In his latter years with KPMG, his client base included a range of companies in the oilfield services sector.
Rick joined Reservoir Group in 2007 as Finance Director.
He is married with three children and now lives in Aberdeen.
David completed a degree in Chemistry with New Materials Technology at Aberdeen University and in 2000 joined KPMG to train as a chartered accountant to gain a wider business grounding. Following completion of his CA training David then progressed to KPMG’s Corporate Finance team being involved in leading oilfield service transactions over a 3 year period. In 2007 David transferred to the Bank of Scotland to assist in equity investments in the oilfield services space.
Following an approach from two former colleagues, David joined Reservoir Group in 2008 to support and ultimately lead the acquisition growth of Reservoir Group.
He is married with two children and now lives in Aberdeen.
Doug Kinsella, a Canadian national, began his career with Baker Hughes in 1995 after graduating with a technical degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. At Baker Inteq he trained as a product champion and held subsequent roles gaining knowledge in the global coring industry.
In 2000 he joined Corion, in Nisku, Canada where he developed the Corion Express Large bore coring tool that was adaptable to any drilling rig. The technology transformed Corion into a Canadian coring leader. Five years later, following a period of rapid expansion, Corion was acquired by Reed Hycalog – a subsidiary of Grant Prideco, which was subsequently acquired by NOV. Doug left NOV in 2008 to establish Quest Coring, in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2009.
Under his direction as CEO, the new company quickly established a reputation for exceptional customer service and enhanced core recovery and quality, enjoying rapid growth in Canada and the US. Doug was involved in the development of proprietary technologies QuickCore and QuickCapture – exciting new downhole tools which are now set to revolutionise the oil and gas industry’s approach to core data gathering and management.
In 2010, Quest partnered with Corpro to deploy its technologies internationally, and was acquired by Reservoir Group in May 2012. As Managing Director of the Group’s enhanced Corpro business – now the world’s largest coring provider – Doug’s main focus is the continued expansion of Corpro’s advanced technologies and services across the globe.
Doug is married with 3 children. Doug is active in community coaching various sports and holding board positions to support children athletic development.
Fraser Began his Career in 1988 when he joined Schlumberger in Aberdeen, and quickly progressed to become offshore wireline logging specialist and UK Seismic Services Manager.
From 1997 Fraser fulfilled a series of roles internationally, initially in Texas within the Schlumberger Sales and Marketing teams and subsequently in Nigeria as Data Services and Geophysics Manager. He then performed Similar Country Manager roles in China and South America.
From there Fraser joined READ-ASA to lead the redevelopment of the company as group Chief Executive Officer for several years, a period that culminated in the successful divestment of READ Well Services Ltd to private equity ownership in 2010.
In 2011 he performed a role for FMC Technologies as Executive Advisor before joining Reservoir Group as MD of the Flow organisation in February 2012.
Originally from South Africa, Etienne began his oilfield career in 2000 with Schlumberger as a logging-while-drilling (LWD) field engineer in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
He was subsequently transferred to Eastern Venezuela, initially to work offshore on exploration projects as a drilling optimization and pore pressure engineer before becoming Field Service Manager for the region.
Etienne then assumed a similar Louisianna-based role in charge of deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico for several supermajors. From there he was moved to Schlumbergers Drilling & Measurements Headquarters division to become worldwide product champion for formation pressure while drilling technology.
From Houston, Etienne moved to Brazil as the Country Operations Manager for all offshore drilling, rotary steerable and LWD operations. He then transferred to Europe to join Weatherford Drilling Services, managing drilling, formation evaluation and surface logging operations in Europe, the Caspian and Sub-Sahara Africa.
Etienne joined Reservoir Group business Empirica as Managing Director at the end of 2011, assuming responsibility for overseeing the integration of several recently-acquired companies into the group's surface logging capabilities as well as the expansion of Empirica into one of the most recognizable global providers of Surface Logging services to the upstream oil and gas industry.
Born and bred in Belgium, Philippe studied mechanical engineering in Liege. A post-graduate Erasmus programme led him to spend eight months in Glasgow with Clyde Blowers.
He remained with Clyde Blowers on his return home, working in its Belgium office for a year. Philippe moved to Security DBS, then part of Dresser, as a technical support engineer for the coring and downhole tools division. Shortly after joining, he was promoted to Technical Support Manager, a position he held for five years.
In 1999, he joined the management team that led the MBO of Corpro, assuming responsibility for all technical aspects of Corpro’s service offering. Philippe has always been key to the development of innovative products and services that have underpinned the success of Corpro, and today leads the push for innovation and technological developments across the Reservoir Group.
He lives with his partner and three children in Luxembourg.
Malcolm joined Andergauge Drilling Systems in 1994 after a progressive career managing numerous international directional drilling operations for Eastman Whipstock/Baker Hughes.
He progressed quickly from European Operations Manager to Managing Director at Andergauge, a role in which he implemented and directed a growth strategy and R&D programme that took Andergauge from a single product business to an international service company with a multi product offering.
After 14 years at the helm of Andergauge, he joined XDT in January 2010. As Managing Director, he is continuing the international growth of the company with the WedgeTail® Roller Reamer, the TAZ™ multi-activation circulating sub and other equally innovative products.
Malcolm holds a BSc in engineering from Brunel University, and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
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