HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - May 14, 2013) - Energistics, the upstream oil and gas standards consortium, announced today that Dean Forrester, Managing Director in Accenture's energy industry group, and Matthias Hartung, Vice President Technical Data and Global Discipline Head, Technical Data and Information Management for Shell, have both been elected to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Forrester has worked with a variety of upstream oil and gas operators, including integrated, independents and national oil companies, in the development of technical and business architectures aimed at delivering measurable value and return on investment through the intelligent and appropriate use of technology.

On his election as a Board Member of Energistics, Mr. Forrester said, "I am honored to join the Energistics board, and with my career experience and relationships in the industry, I look forward to contributing to the advancement of open standards."

Matthias Hartung began his current role with Shell in June 2012 and is responsible for providing global functional leadership in technical data management and to improve quality and utilization of technical data globally throughout Shell. Matthias joined Shell in 1988, and has served in many leadership roles across Shell, in multiple countries including the UK, the US, Russia and the Netherlands.

Mr. Hartung said of his appointment, "I am eager to contribute as a Board Member of Energistics. It will be a very fulfilling position for me to be able to give back to the open standards community that I feel strongly about."

Jerry Hubbard, President & CEO of Energistics, said, "We are very happy to welcome both Dean and Matthias to our Board. Their unique backgrounds and specific experience in standards will help us to expand both our knowledge base as a Board and the uptake of open standards in the oil and gas industry."

Duncan Junor, Vice President at Halliburton and Energistics Board Chair, added, "The Board extends a genuine welcome to both Dean and Matthias. We are confident in their forthcoming contributions."

In addition to Mr. Forrester and Mr. Hartung, the members of Energistics' board are Duncan Junor, Vice President for Halliburton who serves as Chair, Steve Roberts, Vice President Field of the Future™ Technology Flagship for BP, who serves as Vice Chair, Meyer Bengio, VP, Petroleum Engineering for Schlumberger Information Systems, Philippe Malzac, CIO E&P for TOTAL, Peter Eilsø Nielsen, Chief Geologist - Production for Statoil, Ben Williams, VP & CIO for Devon Energy, Mr. Aashish Bansal, Vice President & Head of the Energy & Utilities Practice for Infosys, Mr. Epsen Johansen, Vice President Marketing & Communication for Weatherford, Mr. Eric Toogood, Diskos Manager for NPD, Segun Oyebanji, General Manager of Technical Computing for Chevron Company & CIO of Energy Technology Company (a Chevron Subsidiary) and Jerry Hubbard, President & CEO for Energistics who all serve as directors.

Energistics is a global, not-for-profit, membership organization that serves as the facilitator, custodian and advocate for the development and adoption of technical open data exchange standards in the upstream oil and gas industry. Uniquely designed to unite upstream industry professionals in a neutral and collaborative facilitation environment, Energistics membership consists of integrated, independent and national oil companies, oilfield service companies, software vendors, system integrators, regulatory agencies and the global standards user community.

For more information visit our website at www.energistics.org.

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