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  About Hercules Offshore
Management Profiles
   
 
     
 

John T. Rynd – Chief Executive Officer and President

Mr. Rynd was named Chief Executive Officer and President of Hercules Offshore in June 2008. In addition, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Company. Mr. Rynd has served in various executive level positions since joining Hercules Offshore in September 2005.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Rynd spent 11 years with Noble Drilling Services, Inc., where he served in a variety of management roles, including Vice President Investor Relations and Vice President Marketing and Contracts. Mr. Rynd also served in various management roles at Chiles Offshore, culminating in Vice President of Marketing. His experience also encompasses 10 years of service for Rowan Companies Inc., where he served in various roles of increasing levels of responsibility on offshore rigs.

Mr. Rynd serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), the Executive Committee of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and the Education Outreach Advisory Board for the Offshore Energy Center (OEC), the Board of Directors for Hornbeck Offshore, Inc. (HOS) – NYSE, and the Advisory Board for Spindletop International Charities.

Mr. Rynd graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Stephen M. Butz – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Butz was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hercules Offshore in January 2013.  Prior to his promotion, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hercules Offshore.  Mr. Butz served as the Vice President Finance and Treasurer from March 2006 through May 2010.   He joined the company in February 2005 as the Director of Corporate Development.

During 2004, Mr. Butz served as a consultant to Noble Corporation. From 1996-2004, he worked in the investment banking industry as an equity research analyst at Deutsche Bank and Jefferies & Company. Before joining Jefferies & Company, Mr. Butz held positions in corporate lending.

In addition, Mr. Butz serves on the board of Discovery Offshore, a pure-play, ultra-high specification jackup rig company.

Mr. Butz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

James W. Noe – Executive Vice President

Mr. Noe was appointed Executive Vice President of Hercules Offshore in November 2012.  He served as Senior Vice President - General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Hercules Offshore since October 2005. 

Previously, he served as Corporate Counsel for BJ Services Company, a worldwide oilfield services provider.  Mr. Noe also served as Corporate Counsel for Single Buoy Moorings, a Monaco-based company that designs, owns and operates floating production systems (FPSOs and FSOs). Early in his career, Mr. Noe was in private practice with the New Orleans law firm of King, LeBlanc & Bland, where he focused on corporate and commercial issues for oil and gas companies and shipyards.  During his private practice, Mr. Noe represented shipyards in large naval construction disputes before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He also represented vessel and rig owners in large construction disputes and arbitrations in Europe and the Far East.

In addition, Mr. Noe serves on the board of Discovery Offshore, a pure-play, ultra-high specification jackup rig company.

Mr. Noe holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Alabama and a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University.  He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas.

 

Terry L. Carr – Senior Vice President, Worldwide Drilling Operations

Mr. Carr was appointed Senior Vice President, Worldwide Drilling Operations in January 2013. He joined Hercules Drilling Company, LLC, as Vice President Worldwide Operations in January 2007.

Most recently, Mr. Carr was employed by ENSCO International, an offshore drilling contractor, where he served as Manager, Operations for the company’s expanding Asia Pacific Region.  Before joining ENSCO in 2001, he spent nearly 20 years with Reading & Bates Corporation (now R&B Falcon) where he held numerous key international operations and marketing roles.

Mr. Carr is a veteran of the United States Army and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Troy L. Carson – Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Carson was named Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Hercules Offshore in January 2013.  Prior to this appointment, he served as the Chief Accounting Officer, a role he entered in May 2010.  He joined the Company in March 2007 as Vice President and Corporate Controller.

Previously, Mr. Carson served as the Assistant Corporate Controller at Weatherford International Ltd., an international oilfield services company.  In addition, he was a member of the Commercial Assurance Practice of Arthur Andersen LLP.

Mr. Carson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

W. Brad James – Senior Vice President, Marketing

Mr. James was named Senior Vice President, Marketing of Hercules Offshore in January 2013.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. James was the Vice President Marketing, a role he entered in July 2007 following the acquisition of TODCO, where he held the same position. 

Previously, he held several positions at Transocean Inc., the most recent as Marketing Manager North America.  Prior to joining Transocean Inc., Mr. James held various domestic and international marketing and management positions over the course of 20 years for R&B Falcon Corporation, Cliffs Drilling Company and other privately held drilling companies.

Mr. James holds a degree in business administration from Southwest Texas State University.

Richard E. McClaine – Senior Vice President, Quality, Health, Safety and Environment

Mr. McClaine was named Senior Vice President, Quality, Health, Safety and Environment in January 2013.   Previously, he served as Vice President Health, Safety and Environment of Hercules Offshore, a role he entered in September 2006.

Mr. McClaine’s previous experience includes more than 25 years in the oil and gas industry.  Prior to joining the Company, he worked with Syntex Management Systems, a provider of enterprise risk-management software.  He also served as Vice President Safety, Training and Environmental Affairs at GlobalSantaFe.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in MarineTtransportation from Texas A&M University.

Todd A. Pellegrin – Senior Vice President, Worldwide Liftboat Operations

Mr. Pellegrin was appointed Senior Vice President, Worldwide Liftboat Operations in January 2013.  He joined the company in March 2006 and has served as the Vice President, Worldwide Liftboat Operations, Vice President International Liftboats and Managing Director for the West Africa Region.

Before joining the Company, he served as the Managing Director of Danos & Curole Nigeria, Ltd.  In addition, Mr. Pellegrin was the International Business Development Representative based in Houston, Texas, for Danos & Curole.  He also served as the CEO of South Central Planning and Development Commission in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Mr. Pellegin is a graduate of Nicholls State University, where he earned his B.S. and M.B.A. in business administration.

Claus E. Feyling – President, Hercules International Holdings Ltd.

Mr. Feyling was appointed Vice President International Business Development of Hercules Offshore in July 2007 upon the acquisition of TODCO, where he held the same position since April 2006.  In December 2011, he was named President and Director of Hercules International Holdings Ltd.

Previously, he served as Director Business Development and Manager Marketing and Business Development for Pride International, Inc. from 2001-2005.  Mr. Feyling’s history also includes Vice President Marketing and General Manager Asia Pacific for Marine Drilling as well as numerous rig operations management positions for Odfjell Drilling Asia.

Mr. Feyling has a background in mechanical engineering from Bergen Technical University, Norway.

Cecil H. Bowden Vice President Engineering and Capital Projects  

Mr. Bowden joined Hercules Offshore in January 2009 as Director of Engineering and Offshore Projects. 

His previous experience includes various project management and engineering roles at Noble Corp., Global Marine Drilling Co., and Western Oceanic Drilling Co. 

Mr. Bowden served in the United States Navy, attended the University of Southern Louisiana, and has over 30 years of industry experience.

John B. Crabtree Vice President Technical Support, Compliance and Maintenance  

Mr. Crabtree joined Hercules Offshore in July 2007. 

His previous experience includes various project management, engineering and operations roles at TODCO, R&B Falcon Drilling USA, Service Marine Industries, Inc., Dredge Systems, Inc. and Kenner Marine and Machinery, Inc.

Mr. Crabtree is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, registered with the Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and holds a Bachelor of Marine Engineering Technology from Mississippi State University.

 

Craig M. Muirhead – Vice President and Treasurer

Mr. Muirhead was appointed Vice President and Treasurer in May 2011.  Previously he served as Assistant Treasurer for Hercules Offshore.

 

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Muirhead gained experience in various financial planning and analysis roles at Cameron International as well as sales of steel tubing to oilfield equipment manufacturers and distributors for an international broker.

 

Mr. Muirhead holds a BA in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kimberly A. Riddle – Vice President Human Resources

Ms. Riddle was named Vice President, Human Resources of Hercules Offshore in May 2011. She joined the Company in March 2008 in Human Resources as the Compensation Manager.

Prior to joining Hercules Offshore, Ms. Riddle served as a Human Capital Consultant at Deloitte Consulting and has over 20 years of experience in human resources, specializing in compensation management.

Ms. Riddle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Houston.

Beau M. Thompson General Counsel and Secretary  

Mr. Thompson joined the Company in May 2007 as the Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.  In 2010, he became the Assistant General Counsel and Secretary. 

Prior to joining Hercules Offshore, he was with Thompson & Knight LLP, where his practice focused on corporate and securities matters and mergers and acquisitions. 

Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with honors from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Lawrence A. Uter – Vice President Risk and Chief Contracts Counsel

Mr. Uter was appointed Vice President Risk and Chief Contracts Counsel of Hercules Offshore in September 2009. Previously, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Hercules Offshore.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Uter served in various legal capacities with Global Industries, Ltd., TransCoastal Marine Services, Inc., Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association, Maxus Energy Corporation and Texaco, Inc.

Mr. Uter holds Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration degrees and is licensed to practice law in Texas and Louisiana.

Son P. Vann Vice President Investor Relations and Planning  

Mr. Vann was appointed Vice President Investor Relations and Planning of Hercules Offshore in March 2012.  He joined the Company in June 2010 as the Director, Investor Relations and Finance.

Prior to joining Hercules Offshore, he served in various financial roles in the investment banking industry at Jefferies & Company, Solomon Smith Barney and UBS.

 

Mr. Vann holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and is CFA Charterholder.

John F. Wasmuth Vice President Tax  

Mr. Wasmuth was named Vice President Tax of Hercules Offshore in March 2012.  Previously, he served as Director of Tax since joining the Company in August 2010.

His extensive experience in the oil and gas industry includes positions with Repsol Services Company, Cameron International and Shell Oil Company.  

Mr. Wasmuth holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

 

 
     

 

 

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