Executive Team

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Biography PhotoMartin Craighead
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Martin Craighead is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baker Hughes Incorporated. Craighead joined Baker Hughes in 1986 and served as the company’s President and CEO from January 2012 until assuming his current role. Prior to this position, he held responsibilities as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2012, Senior Vice President from 2009 to 2010, and Chief Operating Officer in 2009. His career at Baker Hughes includes a three-year tenure as Group President for the Drilling and Evaluation business, as well as various technical and operational roles throughout the Americas and the Asia Pacific region.

Craighead holds the International Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He is the recipient of the 2010 C. Drew Stahl Distinguished Achievement Award at Pennsylvania State.
Biography PhotoBelgacem Chariag
Vice President and Chief Integration Officer
Belgacem Chariag is Vice President and Chief Integration Officer leading the integration of the proposed Halliburton merger for Baker Hughes Incorporated. His previous role was President of Global Products and Services for the company. He also served as President and Vice President of the company’s Eastern Hemisphere operations from 2009 until 2013. Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Chariag was Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment, and Security for Schlumberger. He also headed Schlumberger’s businesses in Egypt, East Africa, and the East Mediterranean. Chariag held a variety of leadership and management positions for the company, including President of the Well Services business and Marketing Vice President for Europe, Caspian, and Africa, as well as a variety of field operations, technical support, and management positions in Angola, Tunisia, the UAE, and Qatar.

Chariag earned a Master of Business Administration degree in global energy from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas.
Biography PhotoAlan Crain
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Governance Officer
Alan Crain is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Governance Officer of Baker Hughes Incorporated. He joined Baker Hughes as Vice President and General Counsel in 2000 and was named Senior Vice President in 2007. Crain has broad experience as a corporate legal executive. He served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for Crown Cork & Seal Company, and as Vice President and General Counsel for Union Texas Petroleum. Crain also has held legal positions at Pennzoil and El Paso Energy.

Crain earned a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University, in addition to a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree both in management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Biography PhotoArchana Deskus
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Archana (Archie) Deskus is Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Baker Hughes Incorporated. She previously served as Vice President and CIO for Ingersoll-Rand and has more than two decades of experience in the aerospace, industrials, and consumer products industries. She worked at United Technologies for 19 years with positions of increasing responsibility, including Executive Director, Infrastructure and E-Business at Pratt & Whitney, and Vice President and CIO at Carrier North America. She also worked as Senior Vice President and CIO for Timex Corporation.

Deskus earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/management information systems from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Biography PhotoAngela Durkin
Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment
Angela Durkin is Vice President, Health, Safety, and Environment for Baker Hughes Incorporated. She joined Baker Hughes in 1996 and has served in management and executive positions in the United States and Europe. Prior to her current role, she served as Vice President of Continental Europe for the company. Previously, she served in leadership roles in manufacturing quality, reliability assurance, operations and technical support, business development, and emerging technologies. Her expertise and project work includes extended-reach and multilateral drilling, logging-while-drilling technology, drilling with liners and casing, and slim nuclear magnetic resonance technology.

Durkin earned a Master of Science degree in electrotechnology and honors in a physics laboratory apprenticeship with the German government.
Biography PhotoAndy Esparza
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Andy Esparza is Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Baker Hughes Incorporated. He has more than 30 years of HR management experience, specializing in helping organizations improve their HR strategies. Esparza previously served as an executive HR consultant, providing services to chief executive officers and senior executives. He worked at Dell Inc., from 1997 to 2010 where he served in various leadership roles including Chief HR Officer, Vice President of Human Resources for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions, and Vice President of Staffing. In addition to his human resources experience, Esparza is a member of the boards of directors for the Campanile Foundation at San Diego State University and the Andy Roddick Foundation.

Esparza earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from San Diego State University.

Biography PhotoJulio Lera
President, Latin America

Julio Lera is President, Latin America of Baker Hughes Incorporated. Before this appointment, he was Managing Director and Vice President of Latin America for the company. Lera joined Baker Hughes in 1983 and held responsibilities as Vice President of the Centrilift product line in Latin America from 2007 to 2009 and Managing Director and Vice President of the Southern Cone Geomarket from 2009 to 2013. He has more than 30 years of experience in strategy, operation, manufacturing, marketing, and sales. Lera earned a degree in civil engineering from Catholic University of Buenos Aires and a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Buenos Aires.

Biography PhotoDerek Mathieson
Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Derek Mathieson is Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Baker Hughes Incorporated. Mathieson’s previous positions at Baker Hughes include President, Western Hemisphere; President, Products and Technology; and Chief Technology and Marketing Officer. He joined Baker Hughes in 2008 from WellDynamics Incorporated, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. His oil and gas career also includes roles at Shell Exploration & Production and Wood Group in the United Kingdom.

Mathieson earned a Ph.D. in micro electro-mechanical systems and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from that institution. He is a chartered engineer with the United Kingdom Engineering Council, a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Biography PhotoKhaled Nouh
President, Middle East and Asia Pacific
Khaled Nouh is President, Middle East and Asia Pacific for Baker Hughes Incorporated. Before this appointment, he served as the company’s President, Middle East, from 2009 to 2013. Nouh began his career with Saudi Aramco in 1990 and joined Schlumberger in 1994 as a field engineer. After several operational positions in various Middle East countries, Nouh held Global Marketing, Human Resources and line management positions. He was then given responsibility for Schlumberger's geomarkets in Libya and Saudi Arabia before being appointed Vice President, Integrated Project Management, for the Middle East and East Mediterranean region.

A native of Saudi Arabia, Nouh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from King Saud University in Riyadh.
Biography PhotoKimberly Ross
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kimberly Ross is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Baker Hughes Incorporated. She joined Baker Hughes in 2014 from Avon Products Incorporated, where she served as Executive Vice President and CFO. Prior to her association with Avon, Ross served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Royal Ahold N.V. from 2007 to 2011 and held various other finance positions at Royal Ahold from 2001 to 2007.

Ross earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of South Florida and became a certified public accountant after graduation. She serves on the board of directors and the audit committee of ACE Ltd.
Biography PhotoMario Ruscev
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Mario Ruscev is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Baker Hughes Incorporated. Ruscev has more than 30 years of technology and operations experience in the oilfield services industry. He joined Baker Hughes from Geotech Seismic Services, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. Ruscev previously served as CEO of FormFactor and spent more than 20 years with Schlumberger in a number of senior roles in France, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

Ruscev earned a doctorate degree in nuclear physics from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Yale University. He is a Director of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.
Biography PhotoArthur Soucy
President, Europe, Africa, and Russia Caspian
Arthur (Art) Soucy is President, Europe, Africa, and Russia Caspian for Baker Hughes Incorporated. Prior to his current role, Soucy served as President, Global Products and Services for the company. He also served as Vice President, Supply Chain, where he was responsible for sales and operations planning, manufacturing, purchasing, transportation and logistics, and quality. Before joining Baker Hughes, he was Vice President, Global Supply Chain, for Pratt & Whitney, and held a variety of management roles with that firm prior to his Vice President assignment. He also spent 10 years at Hamilton Standard, serving in various manufacturing, engineering, and product development management roles.

Soucy earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in international business from Lesley University in Massachusetts.
Biography PhotoRichard Ward
President, Global Products and Services

Richard Ward is President, Global Products and Services for Baker Hughes Incorporated. He previously served as President, Completions and Production for the company. His executive roles also include President of the company’s Asia Pacific region and Vice President, Middle East Asia Pacific region for Baker Oil Tools. Ward has a strong background in business management, operations, business development, sales and marketing, integrated operations, and large account management. He also has a background in drilling engineering and geological interpretation. Ward has broad international experience, having lived and worked in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and the United States.

He earned a Bachelor of Science (honors) degree in Geology from London University.

Biography PhotoRichard Williams
President, North America
Richard Williams is President, North America for Baker Hughes Incorporated. He previously served as President of the U.S. Land and Gulf of Mexico regions. Since joining Baker Hughes in 1975, he has held positions of increasing responsibility, including executive roles in operations for the Completions and Drilling Fluids product lines, and has provided a broad base of global experience across the hydrocarbon asset life cycle.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and an Associate of Science degree in petroleum technology from Lincoln College. He is on the boards of directors of the Center for Offshore Safety and the National Ocean Industries Association and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Independent Petroleum Association of America, and Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association.