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 4,000 engagements for over 880 companies and placed highly qualified individuals for board, executive management, and professional positions in 92 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 Senior Operations Leader for PJM Interconnection

Houston-based Preng & Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Aftab Khan as executive vice president of operations, planning & security with high-voltage electric power system PJM Interconnection. Consultants Mark Ciolek and John Goodrum led the search on behalf of Preng & Associates. Mr. Khan will report to PJM president and CEO Manu Asthana and will have overall responsibility for

Preng & Associates Seeking Senior Operations Leader for PJM Interconnection

Houston-based Preng & Associates has been retained by high-voltage electric power system PJM Interconnection to lead in its search for a new executive vice president – operations, planning & security. Consultants Mark Ciolek and John Goodrum are leading the search on behalf of Preng & Associates. This important role will continue to focus on reliability, planning for

Preng & Associates Places Independent Non-Executive Director for CleanTech Lithium

Houston-based Preng & Associates recently assisted in the placement of Tommy McKeith as an independent non-executive director for CleanTech Lithium PLC (CTL), an exploration and development company advancing next-generation sustainable lithium projects in Chile for the EV transition. The assignment was led by consultants Edward Blyth and Jozsef Marton, both located in London. Mr. McKeith, based in Perth,

Preng & Associates Fills Board Positions for NET Power

Houston-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently assisted in the placement of Alejandra Veltmann, Joseph Kelliher, and Ralph Alexander as new members of the board of directors for NYSE-traded NET Power LLC, in Durham, NC. “Preng & Associates is delighted to have played an integral role in the comprehensive search for NET Power’s exceptional board of directors,”

Press Releases

PJM Appoints Aftab Khan as Executive Vice President – Operations, Planning & Security

PJM Interconnection today announced the appointment of Aftab Khan as Executive Vice President – Operations, Planning & Security. He begins his role on March 11, 2024. Khan will report to PJM President and CEO Manu Asthana and will have overall responsibility for grid operations, transmission planning, cybersecurity and physical security, and business continuity. “We welcome

PetroTal Announces Management Appointment Jose Contreras as Senior Vice President, Operations

Calgary, Alberta and Houston, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – May 2, 2023) – PetroTal Corp. (TSX: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) (OTCQX: PTALF) (“PetroTal” or the “Company“) announces the appointment of José L Contreras as Senior Vice President, Operations effective May 1, 2023. Preng & Associates assisted in the search. Mr. Contreras is an executive in the international oil

Unitil Shareholders Elect Anne L. Alonzo to the Board of Directors

April 26, 2023 16:50 ET| Source: Unitil Corporation HAMPTON, N.H., April 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Unitil Corporation (NYSE:UTL) (unitil.com) today announced that at its 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Anne L. Alonzo was elected as a new member of the Board of Directors for an initial term of two years. Preng & Associates assisted in

Preng & Associates Recruits CFO for NAES Corp

(April 5, 2023) – The pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant. That has made finding the best ones big business for executive recruiters. Houston-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently assisted in the placement of Arslan Javed as chief financial officer for NAES Corp. Mr. Javed is a globally experienced financial and business leader

Preng & Associates Completes A Search For The Chief Financial Officer Of Flotek Industries, Inc.

(December 20, 2022) – Flotek Industries, Inc. (“Flotek”) (NYSE: FTK), a leader in technology-driven specialty green chemistry solutions, yesterday announced the appointment of Mr. Bond Clement to the role of Chief Financial Officer. Preng & Associates assisted in this search. Mr. Clement began his career in 1993 within Arthur Andersen’s assurance services group focused primarily on energy related clients.