Opportune, a US-based consulting firms specialised in the Oil & Gas sector, has added three new partners to its partnership, and promoted two senior advisors to the role of Managing Director.
With a team of more than 300 consultants Opportune is one of the larger players in the management advisory landscape with a pure-play focus on the oil & gas industry. The firm, founded in 2005, operates mainly in North America, although it late last year crossed the Atlantic to open a base in London and Amsterdam, with the ambition of building an on the ground footprint in Europe.
On the back of a strong financial year, Opportune’s partner team have admitted three new partners to its leadership: Carl Wimberley, Sean Clements, and Kurt King. All three partners have been promoted from internal ranks, and previously served as Managing Directors.
Carl Wimberley currently runs the upstream sector practices of Opportune. Prior to joining Opportune in 2014, he was the Senior Vice-President of Legend Natural Gas serving in a number of roles including General Counsel, Vice-President of Land and Chief Administrative Officer. Wimberley has more than 25 years of business experience, including 8 years as a Partner with Winstead and 8 years as a senior executive in the energy industry.
Sean Clements joined Opportune in 2007 after working as a Manager in the Dispute and Investigation practices of Navigant Consulting and Deloitte. He has over 15 years of consulting and advisory experience across the entire energy spectrum and specialises in restructurings, valuations and forensic investigations.
Kurt King is in charge of the midstream sector practices of Opportune. He has over 22 years of energy supply chain experience with a particular focus on the midstream, downstream, and commodities marketing sectors. Prior to joining Opportune in 2009, Kurt served as Director of Crude and Products Trading Systems for Barclays Capital and Duke Energy and as a Senior Manager for Accenture.
In addition to the three partner additions, Opportune has also promoted two senior advisors – James Fisher and Paul Legoudes – to the Managing Director role. Fisher has over 25 years of client service and industry experience. Prior to joining Opportune in 2007, he worked as a Director for Sirius Solutions, a Houston based IT consulting firm in the area of risk and controls, and as Controller for an oilfield services firm. Legoudes has over 14 years of experience serving energy companies, with a focus on valuation needs. Prior to joining Opportune in 2014, he worked as a Director in the Transaction Services group of PwC where he assisted in building the valuation practice both nationally and locally in Houston, and served Duff & Phelps and Arthur Andersen.
“Despite energy industry conditions, Opportune continues to thrive,” says Opportune Managing Partner David Baggett (who founded the firm ten years ago), adding that the five promotions will further advance the firm’s mission to add value to clients.