About Us

Preng & Associates, founded in 1980, is the only retainer-based, international executive search firm specializing solely in the energy industry. Our experience spans the entire energy value chain – from the well head to the wall socket. Our subsector verticals have specific expertise in Oil and Gas (Upstream, Midstream and Downstream), Oilfield Equipment and Services, Power & Utilities, Renewables, Engineering and Construction, and Industrials.

We have conducted more than 3,800 engagements for over 800 companies and placed highly qualified individuals for board, executive management, and professional positions in 80 countries. This global reach has resulted in developing contacts with numerous senior executives throughout the world who are valuable resources in conducting assignments. Our firm has earned a reputation for combining professional search disciplines with an in-depth understanding of the market in which it operates. Our meticulous analysis, research, and dissection of the global energy industry have enabled us to succeed in some of the industry’s most challenging and high profile searches. Additionally, we incorporated the proven Hogan Assessment platform into our process rigor to ensure cultural fit and aid in onboarding.

Preng & Associates is founded on the premise that our service is most effective when conducted by professionals with significant and direct experience in the energy field. Additionally, with firm-owned offices in Houston and London, we are able to effectively conduct global engagements.

As a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants, we practice and promote its high standards of conduct and professionalism. Of note, David Preng has been recognized by Business Week among “The World’s 50 Most Influential Headhunters”.


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We have developed a unique team of specialized professionals who possess global search expertise; comprehensive industry knowledge and relationships; a strong commitment to quality performance.

This dedication keeps us attuned to the energy industry’s activities, emerging trends and evolving leadership needs. We constantly monitor the leading energy companies and the people who shape their performance.

We remain dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of service excellence and, year after year, we have earned accolades from our clients for the quality of the candidates we recruit on their behalf.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Hogan Assessment
  • Succession Planning
  • Chemicals
  • Downstream
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Industrial
  • Midstream
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil & Gas
  • Oilfield Services
  • Power & Utilities
  • Renewables
  • Upstream
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • C-Suite
  • Communications/PR
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Engineering
  • Fabrication
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government
  • Health/Safety & Environment
  • Human Resources
  • Investor Relations
  • IT
  • Leadership Team
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Mergers/Acquisitions/Divestitures
  • Nuclear
  • Operations
  • Project Management
  • Refining/Process
  • Regulatory
  • Renewables
  • Risk Management
  • Security
  • Supply Chain
  • Technical

News Briefings

Preng & Associates Recruits Chief Risk Officer for PJM Interconnection

Houston-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of Carl F. Coscia as vice president and chief risk officer of PJM Interconnection. “Risk management is a critical function for PJM as an organization and for the protection of our members,” said Manu Asthana, president and CEO of PJM. “Carl brings a wealth of risk

Preng & Associates Fills Board Position for 8 Rivers Capital

Houston-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of former BP CEO Bob Dudley as a new member of the board of directors for 8 Rivers Capital LLC, a global Net Zero solutions provider. “As long as I can remember, Bob was ahead of the curve in driving to Net Zero,” said Bill

Preng & Associates Recruits CFO for Reabold Resources

Immediate concerns around cash flow, liquidity, and the bottom line are taking precedence at many companies due to continued fallout from the pandemic. But there are high-value lessons emerging from the current health and economic crisis that chief financial officers should bear in mind, according to recruiters specializing in finding talent for finance functional roles. Houston-based

Preng & Associates Places New Leader for Traverse City Light & Power in Michigan

Houston-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of Brandie Ekren, executive director of strategic planning and development for the Lansing (MI) Board of Water & Light as the next executive director of Traverse City Light & Power (TLCP), also in Michigan. Consultant Mark Ciolek led the assignment. Ms. Ekren’s successor, Tim Arends,

Press Releases

Preng & Associates Completes The Search For A Board Member Of Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.

(September 27, 2022) – Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (“Helix”) (NYSE: HLX) announced today that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has appointed Diana Glassman  as a new director. Preng & Associates assisted in this search. William L. Transier, Chairman of the Board, stated, “We are pleased to welcome both Diana and Paula to the Helix Board of Directors.

Preng & Associates Completes Search For A General Manger Of Cedarburg Light & Water Utility

Cedarburg Light & Water Utility has formally appointed Ben D. Collins as General Manager. The Preng & Associates Power and Utility team was instrumental in the placing of Mr. Collins. Mr. Collins has spent the past 15 years in the power and utilities sector, most recently working at the Marquette Board of Light and Power as a Manager of Utility

Preng & Associates Completes The Search For A Chief Risk Officer Of PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

PJM Interconnection today announced that it has appointed Carl F. Coscia, Ph.D., as Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. He will begin at PJM Sept. 28, 2022. Preng & Associates assisted in this search. Coscia will report directly to PJM President and CEO Manu Asthana, and will have oversight from the Risk and Audit Committee of the PJM Board

Preng & Associates Completes The Search For A Board Director Of 8 Rivers Capital LLC

(August 4, 2022) 8 Rivers Capital LLC, a world-leading Net Zero Solutions provider, announced that Bob Dudley has joined the 8 Rivers Board. Bob Dudley held the position of CEO at BP from 2010 to 2020. Under Bob’s leadership, the global energy provider focused on the dual challenge of providing more energy with fewer greenhouse

Hurricane Energy Plc Appointment of Independent Non-Executive Director

(June 23, 2022) Hurricane Energy plc (AIM: HUR), the UK based oil and gas company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Andrew Allan as an Independent Non-Executive Director, effective from 1 July 2022. Robin will chair the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee, and become a member of the Technical Committee. David Craik