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Halliburton's LaFontaine receives key honour

Posted: 5 May 2003

HOUSTON, Texas — At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Jackie LaFontaine, a division vice president for Halliburton Energy Services' Completions, was recently named 2003 winner in the visionary category of RaderEnergy's 'Key Women in Energy Americas.'

The event was part of two simultaneous conferences — the Edison Electric Institute (EEI)/Canadian Electric Association joint CEO conference and the EEI/American Gas Association joint directors' conference.

The mission of the honours program is to identify, recognise, and honour excellence in individual performance in the energy industry. "The honourees are women who have made an exceptional contribution to their company, country, or the global energy marketplace," according to the RaderEnergy web site.

Program material defines a visionary as a forward-thinking individual who marches to the beat of a different drummer, with the foresight and/or courage to initiate or carry out change.

"Jackie certainly embodies the visionary definition," according to members of the Halliburton Deepwater technical team. "She has three patents on completion technology and is responsible for initiating and planning an industrywide horizontal completion study with two other industry leaders that resulted in the sharing and analysing of data collectively across the industry that expedited the development of the technology."

LaFontaine has 18 years of petroleum industry experience (seven with Halliburton) and holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University.

In addition to this honour, she recently traveled to Germany where she was a global nominee for the 50 Key Women in Energy worldwide.

Project sponsors of the 2003 'Key Women in Energy-Americas' awards are EDS, the New York Mercantile Exchange, and Bozell Jacobs. EEI, the Canadian Energy Research Institute, Major Newswire, and YES, Inc., are project supporting organisations.

Halliburton Energy Services provides products, services, and integrated solutions for oil and gas exploration, development, and production. Capabilities range from initial evaluation of producing formations to drilling, completion, production enhancement, and well maintenance – for a single well or an entire field. With more than 300 service centers in more than 90 countries, Halliburton possesses the global perspective that is increasingly important for energy exploration and production.

Halliburton, founded in 1919, is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the petroleum and energy industries. The company serves its customers with a broad range of products and services through its Energy Services Group and Engineering and Construction Group business segments.

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