About Us

Preng & Associates, founded in 1980, is the only retainer-based, international executive search firm specializing solely in the energy industry. We have assisted more than 750 clients in identifying and recruiting highly qualified individuals for board, executive, management, and professional positions throughout the world. 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. We have assisted management teams and boards in 75 countries and conducted over 3,700 engagements. This exposure has resulted in developing contacts with numerous senior executives throughout the world who are valuable resources in conducting assignments. Of note, David Preng has been recognized by Business Week among “The World’s 50 Most Influential Headhunters”.

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.


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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

  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Succession Planning
  • Chemicals
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Industrial
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil & Gas
  • Utilities
  • Advertising
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Customer Service
  • Data/Analytics
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Investor Relations
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Preng & Associates Recruits CEO for Rosehill Resources

After a national search, executive recruitment firm Preng & Associates has placed David L. French as president and CEO of Rosehill Resources Inc. in Houston, TX. He will succeed Gary C. Hanna, who has served as interim president and CEO since September. Mr. Hanna will remain chairman of the company’s board of directors. “We are very pleased to have

Despite Drop in Unemployment, Wages Remain Concern for Many Workers

With unemployment hovering at 4.1 percent, many companies face the recurring question of how to attract and retain top talent in a candidate-driven landscape. In order to remain competitive, it is essential for companies to focus on trying to boost wages or reevaluate their benefits packages, according to a new survey from Adecco USA. Nearly

Preng & Associates Lands CEO for Memphis Light, Gas and Water
Preng & Associates Jarl Young CEO Memphis Light, Gas and Water

After a national search, executive recruitment firm Preng & Associates has placed Jarl T. Young as the new president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW). Appointed by Mayor Jim Strickland and approved by Memphis City Council, Mr. Young begins his tenure March 19. He replaces Jerry Collins, who is retiring at the end of this

Preng & Associates Adds Energy Search Veteran

Executive search firm Preng & Associates has appointed Steve Raben as a senior consultant in its Houston office. He has led over 500 domestic and international client assignments for public and private oil & gas, petroleum equipment, service and hydrocarbon processing & transportation companies, at the board, C-suite and business segment leadership levels. With a 30-year career in the search industry,

Press Releases

Strickland Names New MLGW Chief Executive Officer

HOUSTON, TX, January 22, 2018 – Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland on Monday named Jarl T. “J.T.” Young of Pensacola, Florida-based Gulf Power as his appointment to run the city’s public utility. Young, the general manager of customer service and marketing at Gulf Power, was selected as chief executive officer of the Memphis Light, Gas and

Steve Raben Joins Preng & Associates as Senior Consultant

HOUSTON, TX, November 30, 2015 — Preng & Associates, the world’s leading executive search firm totally dedicated to the energy industry, today announced Steve Raben joined the firm as a Senior Consultant. He will be based in the Houston office. Mr. Raben has led over 500 domestic and international client assignments for public and private Oil & Gas,