Executive Leadership

  • Bobby Gallagher - CEO & Co-Founder

    Before co-founding Kinetic Pressure Control, Mr. Gallagher spent the first 5 years of his career as an officer in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps. During this time, Mr. Gallagher led multi-disciplinary engineering organisations of up to 130 people and also served in staff officer roles providing technical advice to senior commanders. During this time Mr. Gallagher commanded teams in supporting military operations, particularly in the field of armored fighting vehicles including the implementation of countermeasures to defeat improvised explosives devices. Mr. Gallagher also acted as the Brigade level engineering design acceptance authority.

    Following his time in the Australian Military, Mr. Gallagher went on to become a Project Engineer on Diamond Offshore’s US$2.7 Billion new build 6th generation Drillships project (4 x Drillships). This project was Diamond Offshore’s first ultra-deepwater drillship construction project and was completed in May 2015.

    Mr. Gallagher received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology. Mr. Gallagher is also a graduate of the Royal Military College – Duntroon and a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia.

  • Steve Angstmann - CTO & Co-Founder

    Before co-founding Kinetic Pressure Control, Mr. Angstmann spent the first 6 years of his career working in various roles for one of the leading offshore drilling engineering consultancy firms (formally ModuSpec Engineering now part of Lloyds Register Energy). During this time, Mr. Angstmann worked with key oilfield companies including, Chevron, ExxonMobil, BHP, Shell, Diamond Offshore, Transocean etc. Mr. Angstmann’s work included development of management systems, detailed design of drilling vessels and systems, auditing, project management and BOP recertification.

    Following his time with ModuSpec, Mr. Angstmann went on to become a Project Manager on Diamond Offshore’s US$2.7 Billion new build 6th generation Drillships project (4 x Drillships). This project was Diamond Offshore’s first ultra-deepwater drillship construction project and was completed in May, 2015.

    Mr. Angstmann received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering from the University of New South Wales. Mr. Angstmann is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

  • Billy Gallagher - VP Product Development & Co-Founder

    Before co-founding Kinetic Pressure Control, Mr. Gallagher spent the first 5 years of his career as an officer in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps. During this time, Mr. Gallagher specialized in the management of complex weapon system integration, test and evaluation, and electronic warfare programs.

    Mr Gallagher was extensively involved with the strategic improvement of the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter weapon system, providing technical advice up to the 2-star General level and briefed the Australian Minister of Defence on successful projects. Mr Gallagher successfully managed multi million-dollar portfolio of projects.

    Mr. Gallagher received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology and Masters in Project Management from the University of New South Wales. Mr. Gallagher is also a graduate of the Royal Military College – Duntroon and a Member with Engineers Australia.

  • Kevin Schmidt - VP Supply Chain

    Before joining Kinetic Pressure Control, Mr. Schmidt spent 13 years working in major capital projects for ExxonMobil Development Company. He was responsible for planning and executing various components of multi-billion dollar oil and gas projects all over the world with complex contracting and execution strategies.

    During this time Mr. Schmidt played a major role in the execution and delivery of company critical capital projects in the Middle East, North America, Asia and Europe. He was recognized as a company leader in Commissioning, Mechanical Completion and overall project execution. His most recent project, a $15 billion offshore platform yielded a company best practice on efficiency and uptime during startup and successfully concluded after 9 years with an industry leading safety record.

    Mr. Schmidt grew up in Aurora, CO and attended University at the Colorado School of Mines, earning an Engineering Degree with honors and a minor in Business & Economics.

  • Reese Jones - VP Operations

    Before joining the Kinetic Pressure Control team, Mr. Jones spent 13 years in various customer facing roles of increasing responsibility within Caterpillar Oil & Gas. He was responsible for marketing, distribution administration and customer service, direct sales for complex projects, and indirect marketing with major accounts.

    During this time, Mr. Jones led the Brazilian commercial activities for Caterpillar Oil & Gas in their successful bids for the power generation equipment supply scope for 12 of the 29 SeteBrasil Drilling Rig Unit new build rig projects, managed the overall customer service process for Latin America, introduced new technologies and service products into the gas compression industry in Latin America, and drove a reorganization of one of the largest Cat dealerships from a geographical structure to a dedicated oil & gas industry focused customer service organization.

    Mr. Jones grew up in Midland, TX, lived in Mexico and Brazil; and has traveled globally developing a broad set of contacts and relationships in key oil and gas geographies. He holds a BBA in Finance with honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Alex Nguyen - CFO

    Before joining Kinetic Pressure Control, Mr. Nguyen served as an investment analyst at Citadel, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager with $30 billion in assets under management. While at Citadel, Mr. Nguyen managed a $500 million energy equities portfolio and delivered top-tier risk-adjusted returns. Prior to Citadel, Mr. Nguyen spent two years as an associate at Lime Rock Partners, specializing in OFS and E&P private equity investments. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at Simmons & Company International. Mr. Nguyen graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting.

  • Stefano de Stefano - General Counsel

    Mr. de Stefano began his career working on major international energy transactions and various major financial restructurings during the financial crisis of 2008 at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP. He moved in-house with Apache Corporation and Diamond Offshore where he deepened his energy expertise.

    His experience includes representing various multinational corporations and governments in major projects, numerous LNG projects across the value chain, upstream acquisitions, onshore and offshore oil field services, and oil industry maritime matters.  He has represented his clients in transactions spanning the globe, including Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East and Africa in a diverse set of major transactions including corporate structuring, project finance and joint ventures, mergers, dispositions, and acquisitions, joint operations, supply chain, production sharing, LNG sales and purchases, drilling, construction, and technology licensing.

  • Cliff Mangano - Senior Advisor - Strategic Planning

    Dr. Mangano has worked in and advised the oil and gas industry for over 30 years through his executive positions in various oil and gas companies, government and as a consultant in the world’s largest accounting firms and as an independent consultant.  He specializes in assisting companies to implement market driven corporate intangible property, and financial structures incorporating the long-term market trends through strategic planning, process implementations, and post implementation key performance indicators.

    Prior to joining Kinetic, Cliff worked for Diamond Offshore, PWC, KPMG, IRS, Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, KSA, and the Navajo Nation.  He has modeled company process and economic drivers, advised on major financial and tax restructurings, and managed economic and transfer pricing practices/groups.  His primary focus in on economic drivers, value creation and appropriate returns.

    Cliff has lived and worked in various Latin American countries and Saudi Arabia.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Mineral Economics from the College of Engineering.  He has a Masters and Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida.

  • Melvyn F. (Mel) Whitby - Senior Advisor - Pressure Control Equipment and Industry Engagement

    Mel Whitby has over 52 years of engineering experience, including 40 years of experience in the oilfield industry, with extensive knowledge in research and development, engineering, and operations management. Mel recently retired from a leading major Drilling Systems provider, where he previously held the positions of Director of Research and Development and subsequently the Director of Industry and Regulatory Affairs.  Mel is a named inventor on 25 US Patents and multiple International Patents.

    Since 2010, due to his involvement as a subject matter expert with the Gulf Oil spill, Mel has been heavily involved in the Industry efforts as a member of the Joint Industry Task Force.  As Chairman of API Sub-Committee 16 (Drill Through Equipment), Mel participated in the re-write of Standard 53 (was RP-53) and the revision and writing of multiple API specifications.

  • Ken Dupal - Senior Advisor - Deepwater Wells and Process Safety

    Ken Dupal has over 40 years of industry experience, primarily in deepwater Well Engineering. This includes 33 years with Shell International Exploration and Production, and 7 years as VP Engineering for ExPert E&P Consulting. His career includes a wide range of well engineering, well operations, supervision, and management positions, for domestic and international activity.

    Ken has experience in technology development and implementation for deepwater well design and operations. Ken’s most recent position, prior to retirement,  was Engineering Manager of DW Wells Process Safety, which included responsibilities for Well Control, Emergency response, Rig construction/project support, BOP reliability, and HPHT equipment.

    Ken has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Penn State University

Board of Directors

  • Bobby Gallagher - CEO & Chairman

    Before co-founding Kinetic Pressure Control, Mr. Gallagher spent the first 5 years of his career as an officer in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps. During this time, Mr. Gallagher led multi-disciplinary engineering organisations of up to 130 people and also served in staff officer roles providing technical advice to senior commanders. During this time Mr. Gallagher commanded teams in supporting military operations, particularly in the field of armored fighting vehicles including the implementation of countermeasures to defeat improvised explosives devices. Mr. Gallagher also acted as the Brigade level engineering design acceptance authority.

    Following his time in the Australian Military, Mr. Gallagher went on to become a Project Engineer on Diamond Offshore’s US$2.7 Billion new build 6th generation Drillships project (4 x Drillships). This project was Diamond Offshore’s first ultra-deepwater drillship construction project and was completed in May 2015.

    Mr. Gallagher received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology. Mr. Gallagher is also a graduate of the Royal Military College – Duntroon and a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia.

  • Hossam Elbadawy - Director

    Mr. Elbadawy is Managing Director and Technology Partner at SCF Partners. Prior to joining SCF, Hossam founded O&G Technologies, a Houston based technology incubator focused on the oil and gas industry. He has over 24 years’ experience in the energy sector, technology development, and commercialization. Hossam has served as Senior Operating Partner at Lime Rock Partners and as CEO of Tercel Oilfield Products, which was acquired in May 2016. Prior to these roles, Hossam spent nearly 17 years at Schlumberger where he served as Vice President of Manufacturing as well as managed the company’s leading-edge Rosharon Technology Center and the Houston Product Center.

    Hossam received an MBA and Masters in Engineering from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Ain Shams University, Egypt.

  • Joe Bekker - Director

    Mr. Bekker, founded Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. in 1984 and serves as its President. Mr. Bekker has detailed firsthand experience in building an extremely successful global offshore/marine manufacturing company from the ground up, which has been based in Houston for over 30 years. Mr. Bekker is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). He is a Graduate of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, holding a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

  • David Keddington - Director

    David Keddington is Vice President, Global Supply Chain, of Transocean Ltd. Before being named to his current position in 2018, Mr. Keddington served as Managing Director, Global Supply Chain. Since joining Transocean in 2006, Mr. Keddington has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility in Corporate Planning, Marketing and Finance. Mr. Keddington has worked for Transocean in several geographic locations across the world including Switzerland, Egypt, and Malaysia.

    Mr. Keddington received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah and a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

  • Martin Rosen - Director

    Mr. Rosen is founder and lead partner in the Martin A. Rosen law firm with a personal injury practice on the Florida west coast. He was previously a partner with law firm Pendleton & Sabian practicing commercial litigation in Colorado and partner with law firm Collier, Shannon, Rill, Edwards, and Scott practicing antitrust and international law in Washington D.C. He was also CEO and President of North America Motors, an SUV importer and distributor in Sarasota, Florida. He started his career as an antitrust trial attorney working for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington D.C.

    Mr. Rosen is from Winnetka, Illinois, graduated from Indiana University School of Law earning a JD, with Honors, served on the Indiana Law Review, and holds a BBA in Finance from Indiana University.

  • Dr. Robert Frith - Observer to the Board of Directors

    Dr. Frith is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland and also has over 40 years of experience as an engineer & is a successful entrepreneur having founded & grown FE Consultants, a dynamic mechanical engineering consultancy. He brings a wide range of experience in high pressure, high temperature pressure vessel design, material selection and general mechanical design. Dr. Frith holds a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology, is a graduate of the University of Queensland (B.Eng, M.Eng) and is a Fellow & Chartered Professional Engineer at Engineers Australia.

  • Daniel West - Observer to the Board of Directors

    After growing up in the Houston area and studying economics at Harvard College, Dan trained as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. As a platoon commander with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Mesa Verde, he led the Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel force in support of the NATO aerial campaign over Libya. He then served as executive officer of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines as it mentored Afghan forces to assume lead security responsibility and executed counter-narcotics missions in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

    Dan graduated with honors from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and taught undergraduate economics courses. Following experience in consulting and finance and a legal clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Dan joined SCF Partners in 2018. He is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities and providing strategic growth assistance to our partners.