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Leadership

Our leadership team is committed to safety, keeping engine flywheels turning,
and building a company our customers can rely on.

Corporate Officers

Scott Buckhout has 20+ years of senior leadership experience with a successful history leading global industrial/energy O.E.M.s with an aftermarket focus. Scott has held CEO, President, and other senior management positions with CIRCOR International, United Technologies (now Raytheon Technologies), and Honeywell International. Scott has an Aerospace Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Malcolm Holmes is a proven business professional with 21+ years of experience across manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain. Malcolm held key management positions at Dresser Industries, Cameron’s compressor division, and Team Industrial Services. Malcolm has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Witwatersrand Technikon and a Mechanical Engineer N4/N5 from Johannesburg Technical College.

Kenneth “Kenny” Pucheu is a 20+ year corporate financial expert in the oil and gas sector who joins us from NexTier Completion Solutions where he served as EVP and Chief Financial Officer for 4 years. Earlier in his career, Kenny held leadership roles in finance, accounting, M&A, information technology, and digital initiatives at Patterson-UTI, Keane Group, and Schlumberger, contributing to strong growth in revenue, earnings, and market capitalization. Kenny holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and executive education from Wharton and the Harvard Business School.

Nina Teirelbar is a 20+ year human resources leader with both domestic and international experience. Nina has experience developing human capital, scaling teams, and driving global talent development and HR strategy for Fortune 500s and SMBs. Most recently, she served as vice president of global human resources at Fortive within Precision Technology. Nina received her Bachelor of Science in art from Algiers University, a Master’s in accounting & finance from HEC Alger, and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

regional Leaders

Mike Baughman

Mike Baughman began his career with Cooper as a high school student in 1979 where he worked on the assembly floor of the famous Grove City, PA Cooper-Bessemer plant. Mike collectively spent 31 years with Cooper over the course of his career in Grove City and Odessa. Mike also spent time at Nickles Industries and Valerus Inc. where he packaged close to 1,000 new and refurbished compressors. In recent years, Mike has run his own catalyst business. He returned to his roots as the leader of Cooper’s Midland-Odessa service, shop, and sales operations as Western U.S. operations leader until April 2024. Mike now serves as Regional VP – West.

David Glasson

David Glasson is a seasoned business executive with 15+ years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. In 2013, David joined Quorex Switzerland as a business development manager. In 2018, David founded Quorex Australia, a gas compression aftermarket service company that was later acquired by Cooper in 2020. Prior to Quorex, David worked in various project and design engineering roles, including Veolia Australia as an EPC in the Oil & Gas sector. David holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney.

Dustin Molyneaux

Dustin Molyneaux brings more than 16 years of experience in the machinery manufacturing industry. Dustin’s journey began at Dresser-Rand in 2008, where he wore many hats, including Client Service Manager, Commercial Operations Manager, and Service Center Manager. Following the acquisition of Dresser-Rand by Siemens Energy in 2017, Dustin climbed the ranks holding positions such as Director of Sales – Atlantic, Director of Business Development and Digital Solution Sales, North America, and Head of Sales North America – Industrial Applications Services. By 2022, he was promoted to Head of Global Repair Operations, and in 2023, Dustin made a strategic move to Shermco Industries as VP of National Accounts. Dustin now serves as Cooper’s VP – Gulf Coast Region where he will lead our team with vision and integrity, driving growth, and fostering strong relationships across the Gulf Coast. Dustin holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Louisiana State University.

Greg Penzato

Greg Penzato is a 33-years Cooper veteran who started his career at the Louisiana Service Center as a management trainee. Greg dedicated his career to Cooper and has held many positions in aftermarket services.  Greg learned the business from the ground up and has served as machine shop manager, project manager and services manager. Greg served as the Southeast U.S. region lead until Feb. 2023. Greg served as the Eastern U.S. operations leader which included management of the sales team, parts, inside sales, machine shop and field service group until April 2024. Greg now serves as the Regional VP – East.    

Functional Vice Presidents & Directors

Debarshi Lahiri

Senior Vice President, Business Development
Debarshi Lahini is a seasoned international executive with over two decades of experience across multiple functions and service industries. He started his career as a field engineer with Schlumberger and distinguished himself with roles of increasing complexity and leadership in Operations, Sales & Marketing, Strategy, and Business Development. Before joining Cooper, Debarshi served as Vice President of Global Commercial and Operations at GXO Logistics, Inc. Prior to his tenure at GXO, Debarshi held several senior leadership roles at Siemens (11 years) and Schlumberger (7 years). Debarshi holds a Bachelor of Technology, Honors degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and an MBA from London Business School.

Bernie McCoy, Jr.

Senior Vice President, Field Operations

Bernie McCoy is a 20+ year leader in the oil & gas and new energy industries. He has held various leadership roles at TechnipFMC and Shermco Industries in engineering, project management and field operations. Bernie brings a wealth of strategic leadership experience to support our mission and values, advance our ambitious goals, and drive future growth at Cooper. Bernie holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA both from Texas A&M University.

Charles Ely

Vice President, Engine Analytics and Technical Training

Charles is an accomplished professional with 30+ years of experience with most of his years spent in the oil and gas midstream and pipeline industry. During his career, Charles held engineering, operations, sales, consulting, and senior management roles at Dominion Energy/Consolidated Natural Gas, Compressor Engineering Corporation, Siemens/Dresser-Rand, and FirstService Residential. Charles holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering, a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronics engineering, and an MBA from West Virginia University.

Chioma Eze

Vice President, Cooper Components

Chioma Eze is a strategy professional with experience developing strategy and implementing large-scale transformation programs. Prior to joining Cooper, Chioma led transformation programs across technology, human capital, and profitability topics while at Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Boston Consulting group. She has a Masters in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from The University of Texas, McCombs School of Business.

Patrick Gillespie

Vice President, Sales & Marketing
& NOx Reduction Initiative Lead

Patrick is a sales leader with 16+ years’ experience building partnerships with customers in the power generation and gas compression industries. Patrick began his career in Moscow as part of GE’s market development team. After returning to the US, Patrick joined Cooper in 2015 and has held successive roles leading commercial teams in the U.S. and Latin America. Patrick holds a BA in International Relations & Russian Language from Boston University.

Jay Guidry

Vice President, Operations

Jay Guidry has more than 30 years of experience in operational roles with over 26 years in leadership. He has been with Cooper for 14 years working in various capacities within new compressor and after-sale operations including sourcing, procurement, repair, and service. In addition to Cooper, Jay has held plant and operations manager positions with companies like Epic and Gardner Denver. Jay graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. 

James Harrison

Vice President, Operations

James Harrison has 14 years of experience in the compression market and 21 overall in various engineering, technical support and operational roles. James has held key positions at Fluor, Exterran-Archrock and Waukesha-Pearce. Most recently, James was director of operations with Cook Compression. James graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management.

Hans Mathews

Vice President, Engineering

Hans Mathews joined the gas pipeline and compression industry in 1991 with Tenneco where he spent 9 years in engineering, maintenance analysis, and leadership roles before joining Hoerbiger in 2000 where he became a senior vice president and general manager for their Engineering Services (HES) team. HES was acquired by Cooper in 2020, and Hans joined us after the transition. Hans is a United States Air Force Veteran and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Mitch Opat

Vice President, Turbocharger Solutions International (TSI)

Mitch Opat is a turbocharger veteran having spent 40 years in the industry. Mitch started his career at Turbine Specialties Inc. in Salina, Kansas before transitioning to LCM Turbo Inc.  For the last 10 years, Mitch has been the general manager of Archrock’s turbocharger division located in McPherson, Kansas. In 2020, Cooper purchased the Archrock turbocharger division, and Mitch came to us during the transition. Mitch has a technical degree in Diesel Engine Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Central Christian College.

Giuseppe Robbiano

Vice President, Information Technology

Giuseppe Robbiano is an information technology leader with more than 26 years of experience in architecting, implementing, and supporting information technology systems. Giuseppe has held several key IT positions with Baan Peru/Grupo Novatech, Bucyrus International, Caterpillar Global Mining, and Ducommun LaBarge Technologies. He also served in various IT senior management positions with Bray International. Giuseppe holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Lima, Peru.

David Tomes

Vice President, Aftermarket Operations

David Tomes is a 40+ year gas compression guru who began his career in the industry as a Cooper mechanic in 1980 working globally on reciprocating engines-compressors. In 1996, he moved to NRG Energy where he managed their United States Operation. Since 2010, David has owned his own compression business specializing in the overhaul and refurbishment of reciprocating equipment and parts for AJAX, Clark, Cooper-Bessemer, IR, Waukesha, and Worthington models. Today, David leads Cooper’s refurbished and UX parts and equipment business located in Odessa, Texas.