CLARKE VALVE TEAM
President, Director & CEO
Kyle Daniels is an aerospace engineer and the inventor, chief engineer and head of product design of the Dilating Disk™ Valve. He holds several patents on the Dilating Disk™ Valve and is an expert in the field of industrial valves. Mr. Daniels spent his career in the aerospace industry working at General Electric, Pratt & Whitney, and Embraer Aircraft. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s prestigious Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering program, and also received a master’s degree (magna cum laude) from Brown University’s Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Daniels is from Miami, FL and has resided in Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Paris, France.
As Vice President Stakeholder Management for OGCI Climate Investments, Roger Humphreville is responsible for ensuring all partnerships are backed up with the insight and process needed to make their goals a reality. Prior to joining Climate Investments, Roger worked globally with Amoco and then BP in a variety of technical and management positions in exploration and production, commercial and technology teams. These included Head of the Chief Scientist’s Office, Director of Upstream Technology Integration, Senior Director of Government Affairs and VP, Exploration. Roger holds an M.B.A. and M.Sc. in Geology, and is a Certified Petroleum Geologist.
Ali Abdulla Kanoo
Ali Abdulla Kanoo is the Deputy Chairman of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Company Ltd., Saudi Arabia, and has many years of contribution in the development of the group’s industrial services businesses within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in the wider Arabian Gulf region. He graduated from King Fahad University with a degree in Industrial Management, and holds a Finance degree from American University in Washington. Ali is the Chairman of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Company Ltd.’s Industrial & Energy Division, and a Board Director at Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo (Holdings) WLL, Hapag-Lloyd Saudi Limited, Inspectorate International (Saudi Arabia) Limited, Baroid Saudi Arabia Limited, Mercantile Shipping Agencies Ltd., Kanoo Tank Services (Shareej) and AXA Cooperative Insurance Company.
Jim Sledzik has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Jim is the Managing Director for the North America team of Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), and previously served as Managing Director at Hall Labs. Formerly, he was a Senior Partner and President of North America for Energy Ventures Private Equity from 2008 to 2017, the Global Marketing & New Technology Director and VP of Multi Client Services for WesternGeco, and the Global Account Director for Schlumberger. Jim holds an MBA in International Business from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a BS in Geosciences from Penn State University.
VP of Engineering
Fred Catron is an internationally experienced mechanical engineer with over 20 years in the valve industry and is the Vice President of Engineering for Clarke Valve. He holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a Masters in Engineering from Iowa State University. Fred started his career in the Fisher™ Valve Division, part of Emerson, working in the research flow lab and holding positions of increasing responsibility before working at Weir Valves & Controls in the USA, United Kingdom, and South Korea valve companies as the Head of Nuclear Qualification. Fred is the holder of 8 United States patents and co-author of numerous technical papers on subjects like flow induced vibration, noise control in process plants, and piping system noise predictions that have been published in international proceedings, such as ASME, AGA, INCE, and Inter-Noise.