Pferdehirt will succeed John T. Gremp, who will continue to serve as chairman until he retires in May 2017 while the company completes its transition to the new chief executive officer. Pferdehirt also will succeed Gremp in the chairman role.
After a 26-year career with Schlumberger Ltd., Pferdehirt joined FMC Technologies in August 2012 as executive vice-president and chief operating officer. He was named president in May 2015.
Gremp has served as chief executive officer of FMC Technologies since 2011, having been with the company for 41 years.