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 3,700 engagements for over 750 companies and placed highly qualified individuals for board, executive management, and professional positions in 75 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

Solutions
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Succession Planning
Industries
  • Chemicals
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Industrial
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil & Gas
  • Utilities
Functions
  • 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 Assists SeekOps in CEO Search

Houston, TX-based executive search firm Preng & Associates has assisted SeekOps in the recruitment of Iain Cooper as its new CEO. The move strengthens the current executive team as the company’s founder and CEO of three and a half years, Andrew Aubrey, transitions to a new role as senior vice president of strategic partnerships. Mr. Copper, who

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

Press Releases

SeekOps Onboards New Chief Executive to Implement Global Growth

(Sept. 10, 2020) In order to address the expanded global market demand for its products while positioning the company for increased growth, SeekOps has strengthened its leadership team by adding a new Chief Executive Officer to guide it through this critical next step. SeekOps is pleased to announce Iain Cooper as its new CEO. Preng

Matthew DeNezza Joins Crusoe Energy Systems as Chief Financial Officer

(Aug. 24, 2020) Crusoe Energy Systems Inc. (Crusoe) announced today that Matthew DeNezza joined as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. DeNezza brings decades of financial and strategic leadership experience to the Digital Flare Mitigation® and distributed cloud computing company and will allow Crusoe to finance and build a new paradigm of ESG-forward energy and computing

Primoris Services Corporation Appoints Two New Members to Its Board of Directors

(July 07, 2020) Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: PRIM) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Patti Wagner and Terry McCallister as new directors, effective July 1, 2020. Preng & Associates assisted Primoris in its search. Ms. Wagner’s and Mr. McCallister’s appointed terms will expire at the 2021 Annual Meeting, at which

Unitil Announces Hiring of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

(June 18, 2020) Unitil Corporation (NYSE:UTL) today announced the hiring of Robert B. Hevert, CFA, as Senior Vice President, effective July 23, 2020. Preng & Associates assisted Unitil in its search. It is anticipated that Unitil’s Board of Directors will appoint Mr. Hevert to the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and

Texas A&M Foundation Names Chief Investment Officer

(May 18, 2020) The Texas A&M Foundation publicly announced today the hire of Michael Pia, who assumed the role of chief investment officer on May 1. Pia will lead the Foundation’s investment staff and help drive critical decisions for the success of the Foundation’s long-term investment pool benefiting Texas A&M University. Preng & Associates assisted