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the cooper LEADERSHIP

Scott Buckhout - CEO

Scott 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.


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. 

Malcom Holmes - COO

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.

Stephen Hammond

Stephen Hammond is a 35-year Cooper veteran who started his career just after high school after taking a tour of our former Superior engine-compressor factory in Springfield, Ohio. Stephen has dedicated almost his entire career to Cooper, as there are few things he’s done outside of our company. Stephen learned the business from the ground up and has served in AJAX package engineering, application engineering, shop management, service management, and sales leadership both domestically and globally. Today, Stephen is the leader of our Gulf Coast region which includes management of the sales team, machine shop, and service group.      

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 returns to his roots as the leader of Cooper’s Midland-Odessa service, shop, and sales operations.

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. Today, Greg is the Eastern U.S. operations leader which includes management of the sales team, parts, inside sales, machine shop and field service group.   

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.

Jordan, Sustainable Leader

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 Matthew, Engineering Leader

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
& 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 US and Latin America. Patrick holds a BA in International Relations & Russian Language from Boston University.

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.

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.

Kelly Hargrove

Vice President, Field Operations

Kelly Hargrove is a 44-year compression industry veteran. Kelly started his career with El Paso/Kinder Morgan in 1979 as a college summer hand and learned engines and compressors in his role as operator and senior mechanic before moving into leadership and management roles. Kelly served as the mechanical maintenance manager in Mercer, Pennsylvania where he managed all elements of equipment maintenance and gas pipeline operations. Kelly now serves as the vice president of field operations at Cooper.

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.