... ARM Expands Leadership Team  

ARM Expands Leadership Team

North American Pipelines Business BreifsAsset Risk Management (ARM), an independent energy producer services company, announced the hiring of three senior executives and the promotion of another.

The new appointments include Michael Christopher as CFO and chief investment officer, Shannon Flowers as senior vice president, head of crude marketing, North America, and Bruce Bianchini as senior vice president, origination. ARM also promoted Stephanie Barker to senior vice president, origination.

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“ARM has experienced exponential growth in recent years, and we’re confident that this upward trajectory will continue,” said Zach Lee, CEO. “A key differentiator for ARM is our marketing experience, which informs every project we undertake. By expanding our roster of talented marketers, strategists, and analysts, we are significantly deepening already strong industry expertise and adding significant and immediate value for our clients and stakeholders.”

Michael Christopher brings 15 years of energy finance experience to his roles as CFO and chief investment officer. Prior to joining ARM, Christopher spent nearly 13 years at ArcLight Capital Partners, an energy-focused private equity firm, where he originated and structured transactions in the midstream, power, and upstream sectors. Christopher began his career in Citigroup’s Global Energy and Power Group, where he provided M&A and capital markets advice to public and private energy companies.

Shannon Flowers brings over 20 years of experience in oil trading and marketing to his position as senior vice president, head of crude marketing, North America. Flowers spent the last six years running crude oil marketing groups at both EnLink Midstream and Enterprise Products Partners, LP. Earlier, Flowers managed crude supply and risk control at Tesoro. At ARM, he will drive business development, marketing, optimization, and expansion efforts for the physical oil liquids marketing and gathering team.

Bruce Bianchini, senior vice president, origination, is a seasoned industry veteran with nearly 20 years of experience in the exploration and production, midstream, and consumer and energy trading industries. Most recently, Bianchini was head of energy trading and director of marketing at BNP Paribas, where he oversaw all Canadian marketing and origination activities for energy commodities. He will be based in the Calgary office.

Stephanie Barker, now senior vice president, origination, launched ARM’s Calgary office in August 2014. Prior to ARM, Barker worked for Barclays Capital Canada and a Societe Generale-owned subsidiary (Newedge Canada) assisting oil and gas producers with a comprehensive array of physical marketing and financial management strategies. Barker will be working alongside Bruce Bianchini, senior vice president, origination, and the rest of the team in Calgary.

In September, ARM announced plans to develop an Oklahoma STACK play midstream project. The project, which is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2016, includes crude and natural gas gathering and a cryogenic processing plant, and is anchored by long-term commitments of more than 100,000 gross acres. ARM currently serves more than 100 producer clients across all basins in North America, and has a full team of physical marketers and financial advisors assisting with all hydrocarbon products.

ARM is headquartered in Houston with regional teams in Pittsburgh, Denver, and Calgary. ARM plans to open two new offices by the end of the year.

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