Baker Hughes Appoints Belgacem Chariag as President Eastern Hemisphere

HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) announced today that Belgacem Chariag, 46, will be appointed Baker Hughes Vice President and President Eastern Hemisphere Operations, effective May 1, 2009. In this position, he will be located in Dubai and will report to Martin Craighead, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

"Belgacem brings to Baker Hughes 22 years of a career which covers a very wide range of oil and gas related operations, reservoir management and production enhancement positions," said Martin Craighead. "His performance track record, leadership, and the richness of his experience, both in terms of functional mobility and geographic spread, will be invaluable assets for Baker Hughes as we continue to execute our international investment and growth strategy."


Mr. Chariag started his career in the oilfield in Tunisia in 1987. He joined Schlumberger Limited in 1989 and held a variety of field operations, technical support and management positions in Angola, Tunisia, the UAE and Qatar. He subsequently held global product line business development roles out of Houston, Texas and headed Schlumberger businesses in Egypt, East Africa and East Mediterranean. More recently, Mr. Chariag occupied the position of Marketing Vice President for Europe, Africa and the CIS before being appointed President of Well Services. In his last role with Schlumberger, he was in charge of HS&E, Security, Global Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management and Global Citizenship. Mr. Chariag holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas.

Baker Hughes provides reservoir consulting, drilling, formation evaluation, completion and production products and services to the worldwide oil and gas industry.

    Gary R. Flaharty (713) 439-8039
    H. Gene Shiels (713) 439-8822

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