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Martinsen Assumes AAPG Presidency

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Randi Martinsen
Randi Martinsen
Randi Martinsen, principal with Hydrocarbon InSight in Laramie, Wyo., assumed the presidency of AAPG on July 1.

Martinsen, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a longtime senior lecturer of petroleum geology at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. She previously served on the AAPG Executive Committee as treasurer in 2006-08, and received the AAPG Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

Martinsen holds a bachelor’s degree in earth and space science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and a master’s in geology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.

She started her career in 1974 in Denver as a geologist for Cities Service Co., and five years later moved to Laramie to become a consulting geologist. Starting in 1981 she began her association with the University of Wyoming – she’s been a sponsor for the University of Wyoming Student Chapter since 1993, and has since 2002 served as chair of the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous of Geoscience Students and Employers job fair, held annually in Laramie.

She started Hydrocarbon InSight in 2012.

Joining Martinsen on the Executive Committee is John Hogg, an AAPG Honorary member and newly named president of Skybattle Resources Ltd. in Calgary, Canada, who recently was voted president-elect and will serve as AAPG president in 2015-16.

Hogg, who previously had been vice president of exploration and operations for MGM Energy Corp. in Calgary, earned his B.Sc. in geology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He had been exploration manager for ConocoPhillips Canada and a geologist for other Canadian and international companies before joining MGM Energy, often focusing on the Atlantic and Arctic regions.

He previously served on the AAPG Executive Committee as vice president-Regions and as chair of the AAPG House of Delegates.

Hogg will be one of two Canadians on the Executive Committee, joining fellow Canadian David Dolph, team lead for global exploration-new ventures for Calgary-based Nexen Energy ULC, who began his one-year term as the chair of the AAPG House of Delegates.

Others recently elected to the AAPG Executive Committee and who began their two-year terms of office on July 1 were:

♦ Vice President-Sections – Steve Brachman, vice president of exploration and development, Wapiti Energy, Houston.

♦ Treasurer – Jim Tucker, former longtime geologist for Saudi Aramco and now a consulting geologist in Houston.

Others on the 2014-15 committee are:

  • Vice President-Regions John Kaldi, Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, completing the final year of his two-year term.
  • Secretary Richard W. Ball, Chevron, Angola Block O, Houston, also completing the final year of his two-year term.
  • Editor Michael Sweet, ExxonMobil Production, Houston, completing the second year of his three-year term.

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