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Craig Hrabar Joins The Ropella Group

Posted: 09/06/2018  Category: RG Company NewsRG Employee New

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, SEPTEMEBER 6, 2018—Ropella is excited to welcome their new Energy, Oil & Gas Client Partnership Development Leader, Craig Hrabar.  Craig is an Energy, Oil & Gas Industry Expert who has served internationally in China, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as in the U.S. for powerhouse companies like Westinghouse, Weatherford and Baker Hughes.  At the height of the oil price crash, Craig used his business acumen and networking skills to continually maintain profitability and adapt to rapidly shifting market conditions.

At Ropella, Craig is going to be at the forefront of major organizational expansion.  He will mobilize his expansive global network of industry contacts to drive major growth in Ropella’s Energy, Oil & Gas client base.  This is part of Ropella’s plan to double the size of the almost 50-person Executive Search practice within five years and open satellite offices in Houston, Chicago and New York City.

Craig’s industry experience stretches back over 30 years, with his most recent position being Vice President, China for Westinghouse Electric Company.  In this position, he held responsibility for penetrating and growing operations and services business to state-owned nuclear power plants.

Prior to his time with Westinghouse, Craig spent 9 years with Weatherford International in Australia, China and Indonesia as an Operations Manager, Group Business Manager, General Manager and ultimately as Country President in Indonesia and China.  During his tenure, Craig drove operational efficiency which in one case grew the operating profit of a $100MM+ business by 16% in less than a year during a flat market period.  He also served as a key part of a senior leadership team that delivered a profitable major integrated project covering 131 oil wells over several years.

Craig has also held positions with Baker Oil Tools (Baker Hughes), WorleyParsons, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and Kleenheat.  Craig earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Craig’s overall success has been in large part due to his ability to quickly assess the capabilities of senior leadership and build high performing teams that deliver results. His deep relationships built over 30 years in the industry, along with his personal integrity and an intense professional resolve, bring unique insights to high level Executive Searches. He now specializes in confidentially discovering, assessing and connecting leaders for C-suite, executive and senior positions, most specifically in Operations, Engineering & Technology, Sales & Marketing and Finance disciplines.

In his spare time, Craig enjoys traveling with his family and spending time on the water.  Craig was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, while his wife was born and grew up in the Pensacola area.  The couple has two adult sons and two school-age daughters.

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