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Martin L. Allday, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 1989 to 1993, died last Monday in Austin, TX, at the age of 82. "Chairman Allday was one of the founding fathers of FERC competition policy," said FERC Chairman Joseph Kelliher. "Under [his] direction, FERC embarked on the restructuring of the interstate natural gas pipeline industry, culminating in 1992 with the landmark Order 636. That rulemaking, which required separation of sales and transportation services on interstate natural gas pipelines, is widely praised for helping usher in...energy market competition." Allday is survived by his wife, three children and several grandchildren. Former President George Herbert Walker Bush, a close friend of Allday, was one of the pallbearers at the funeral last Thursday.

David Trocquet, previously New Orleans district drilling engineer, has been promoted to district manager for Minerals Management Service's (MMS) New Orleans District Office. He will oversee drilling permit reviews, production facility and workover completion permits, safety inspections, civil penalty reviews and accident investigations. Trocquet joined MMS in 1988 as a staff petroleum engineer. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1982 with a degree in petroleum engineering, and has completed graduate coursework in petroleum engineering and computer science.

Murphy Oil Corp. has elected David M. Wood as CEO to succeed Claiborne P. Deming, effective Jan. 1. Wood, 50, now serves as executive vice president of worldwide exploration and production operations. Deming will continue as a nonexecutive full-time employee through June 30 to help Wood transition into his duties. Once Deming retires in June, he will continue to serve on the board of directors and the board's executive committee, which he will chair beginning Jan. 1.

Patricia Yarrington has been appointed vice president and CFO effective Jan. 1 of Chevron Corp. Yarrington, 52, was elected treasurer in 2007. She will replace Steve Crowe, who is retiring after 36 years with the company. Yarrington joined Chevron in 1980 after earning a bachelor's degree in political science from Pomona College and a master's degree from Northwestern University. She has held a variety of finance and managerial positions within the company, including manager of investor relations and comptroller of Chevron Products Co. In 1998 Yarrington was named president of Chevron Canada Ltd., and 2002, she became vice president, Policy, Government and Public Affairs.

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