HOUSTON: Baker Hughes has tapped former American Airlines corporate communications leader Andrew Backover as VP of communications.
His first day at the oilfield services company was January 5. Backover is reporting to Kimberly Ross, SVP and CFO.
"One of my primary goals is to build a more integrated team that is better positioned to support the company’s business objectives," he said. "There are talented and dedicated people here, and I am hopeful that with their help, we can build the communications function into even more of a strategic partner to the business."
Backover departed American Airlines in late 2013 after the carrier’s merger with US Airways. He was named to that role in November 2011 after previously serving as MD of external communications. Backover joined the airline in May 2006 as director of financial PR and publishing.
His career also includes a stop at AT&T as director of corporate media relations from 2004 to 2006. Earlier, Backover was a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Denver Post, and USA Today.
Baker Hughes, a supplier to the oil and natural gas industries, has more than 61,000 employees and a footprint in more than 80 countries, according to a company statement. It agreed to $34.6 billion acquisition by Halliburton last November. The combined 2013 revenue of the two companies was nearly $52 billion.
This story was updated on January 15 with comment from Backover.