Amec Foster Wheeler plc, announces today the appointment of Dr Jonathan (Jon) Lewis, as chief executive officer, with effect from 1 June 2016. On the same day Ian McHoul will cease to be interim CEO, and will remain as CFO.

Jon has been employed in a number of senior roles at Halliburton Company Inc since 1996. He is currently based in Houston, Texas where he is a Senior Vice President and member of the Halliburton Executive Committee, with responsibility, since 2014 for leading its largest division, Completion & Production. Prior roles included leadership of the Europe/Sub-Saharan Africa Region (the largest operating region outside North America) and the Drilling and Evaluation Division.

He joined Halliburton following nine years in academia, where he was NERC research fellow at the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College in London and Conoco Lecturer in Petroleum Geology at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Jon received his PhD in reservoir characterisation from the University of Reading in 1987.

Jon is 54 years old, has dual UK/US citizenship and will be based in London. His salary will be £775,000 per annum and he will be eligible for an annual bonus and participation in the long term incentive plan, and receive other benefits in accordance with the company’s remuneration policy for executive directors.

I am delighted that Jon will soon be joining us as our new CEO. He brings with him thirty years of experience in the oil and gas industry across many parts of the world, including twenty years as a senior executive at Halliburton where he built a reputation for safe and ethical operations, strategic market insight, strong leadership, commercial discipline and consistently delivered against commitments.
John Connolly, Chairman, Amec Foster Wheeler

The company has issued its first quarter trading update this morning, and will hold its AGM at 11.00am (UK time) today.

Additional biographic details for Jon Lewis:

Career and qualifications:

2014 to presentHalliburton, Senior Vice President, Completions and Production Division and Executive Committee
2011 to 2014Halliburton, Senior Vice President, Europe/Sub-Saharan Africa
2010 to 2011Halliburton, Senior Vice President, Drilling and Evaluation Division
2007 to 2010Halliburton, Vice President, Halliburton Wireline and Perforating Services
2006 to 2007Halliburton, Vice President, relationship manager for ExxonMobil
1997 to 2006Halliburton, senior roles at Landmark
1990 to 1996Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Principle Investigator and Conoco Lecturer in Petroleum Geology
1987 to 1990Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
2001 to presentBoard Member, Industrial Advisory Board, Heriot-Watt University
2014 to presentBoard Member, University of Houston Energy Advisory Board
1987Doctorate in Reservoir Characterisation from the University of Reading, UK
1984Bachelor of Science degree (with Honours) in Geology from Kingston University, UK
Past directorships 
2011 to 2016Non-executive director of CHC Group Ltd

Industry body memberships:

The Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Energy Institute and a Fellow of the Geological Society.

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