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the cooper Leadership Team

John is a 26-year industry veteran with broad-based domestic and international experience involving products related to gas compression and process technology. John has held management positions with El Paso Corporation, Cameron International’s compressor division, and most recently served as CEO of Epic International. John is a graduate of the Rice School of Business Executive Management Program.

Tahera is a 24-year human resources leader with both domestic and international experience. Tahera has experience in the financial services, health care, and oil and gas industries. Most recently, she served as vice president of human resources at Core Laboratories, Inc. Tahera received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Masters in Psychology from Houston Baptist University.

Matt is a 21-year compression veteran with Cameron’s compressor division and has a combined 30 years in the oil and gas sector in various strategic commercial roles. Matt has held vice president-level roles with Champion Technologies-Athlon Solutions and FTS International. Matt received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Penn State University and his MBA from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. 

Chief Operating Officer of Cooper Machinery Services

Malcolm 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.

John has 20+ years of corporate financial experience in the energy industry. John joins us from Pelican Energy Partners where he served as Managing Director for 9 years. Earlier in his career, John held finance leadership roles at J.B. Poindexter, GulfStar Group, and Morgan Keegan. John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in finance from Northeastern University and a Master’s in finance from Texas A&M University.

Jordan Smith

Vice President, Sustainability & Emerging Technologies

Jordan Smith is a 20-year compression veteran who began his career as a student working at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Engines & Energy Conversion Lab.  After graduating from CSU as a mechanical engineer, Smith joined Cameron Inc. where he specialized in the design of emissions reduction technologies for large power generation and gas compression engines. Since Cameron, Smith has held engineering and sales management roles in the industry and received his P.E. certification in Colorado.

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.

Patrick Gillespie

Vice President, Sales - Americas

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 US 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.

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 BS 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 B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Lima, Peru.

Chioma Eze

Director, Strategy and Corporate Development

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.