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”.

ACHIEVEMENTS

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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
  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Hogan Assessment
  • Succession Planning
Industries
  • Chemicals
  • Downstream
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Industrial
  • Midstream
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil & Gas
  • Oilfield Services
  • Power & Utilities
  • Renewables
  • Upstream
Functions
  • 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 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,

Preng & Associates Fills Top Posts for GoGreen Investments Corp. 

Houston, TX-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of Daniel J. Foley and Vikas Anand as the new chief technology officer and chief development officer, respectively, at GoGreen Investments Corp. Consultant Mark Ciolek led the assignment. Mr. Foley has more than 30 years clean-tech experience in financial, technical and regulatory challenges of bringing green

Preng & Associates Assists Helix Energy Solutions with Board Search

Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members. Houston, TX-based executive search firm Preng & Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of T. Mitch

Press Releases

Preng & Associates Completes The Search For A Board Director For Primoris Services Corporation

(May 5, 2022) Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ GS: PRIM) announced the results of the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on May 4, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. Central time at the Company’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas. At the meeting, stockholders approved the election of nine directors. The directors are: David L. King, Chairman, Primoris; Michael

Preng & Associates Completes The Search For A Non-Executive Director Of Trinity Exploration & Production

(Feb. 22, 2022) Trinity Exploration & Production plc (AIM: TRIN), the independent E&P company focused on Trinidad and Tobago, announces that, having served on the Board for over five years, David Segel is stepping down from his position as a Non-Executive Director of the Company. David remains fully supportive of the Company’s long-term strategy and has

Jeffrey Stewart Chosen To Become Permanent Director Of Lafayette Utilities System

(Feb. 4, 2022) Long-time Lafayette Utilities System employee Jeff Stewart has been appointed by Mayor-President Josh Guillory to lead LUS as its first permanent director in almost four years. Preng & Associates assisted in the search. Stewart, an LSU grad who began his career at LUS as an electrical engineer in 2001, has been the

Preng & Associates Completes The Search For Two Independent Directors Of IGas Energy Plc.

(Feb. 10, 2022) IGas Energy PLC (LON: IGAS) announced the appointment of Chris Hopkinson to its Board as Independent Non-Executive Director with immediate effect. Chris would take over the role of Non-Executive Chairman from Cuth McDowell who has notified the Board of his intention to step down from the Board later this year. “I am delighted to welcome

VAALCO Energy Announces Changes to Its Board of Directors

(Jan. 31, 2022) VAALCO Energy, Inc. today announced that Fabrice Nze-Bekale was appointed as a new independent director to the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Nze-Bekale will serve on the Audit, Compensation, Strategic and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. He will stand for election at the Company’s next annual meeting of stockholders. Additionally, Bradley Radoff has resigned