2011 IADC Officers

Posted on 28 January 2011

Matt Ralls, Chairman
Rowan Companies

Matt Ralls joined Rowan Companies in 2009 as president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors. He most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of GlobalSantaFe Corp, from June 2005 until the completion of its merger with Transocean in November 2007.

Prior to that he served as senior vice president and CFO of GlobalSantaFe. He joined Global Marine in 1997 as vice president and treasurer and was senior vice president, CFO and treasurer prior to the November 2001 merger that created GlobalSantaFe.

Mr Ralls previously held executive positions at two publicly traded oil and gas companies and various management positions in commercial banking. He received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dan Rabun, Vice Chairman
Ensco

Daniel W Rabun is chairman of the Board, president and chief executive officer of Ensco. He joined the company in March 2006 as president and director.  He was appointed chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors in 2007. Before joining Ensco, Mr Rabun was a partner at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP, where he practiced law for 20 years. He is a certified public accountant and holds a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University.

Beth Gordon, Secretary-Treasurer
Diamond Offshore Drilling

Beth Gordon is the controller of Diamond Offshore Drilling and has served in that capacity for the past decade. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston and has been a CPA since 1982.

David Russell, Vice President – Offshore Division
Rowan Companies

David Russell is executive vice president of Rowan Companies. He started his career at Rowan as a college roustabout in summer 1982 while attending the University of Texas. He became a full-time employee in 1984, spending his first nine years of service as a barge engineer, driller and toolpusher on offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1993, Mr Russell was promoted to drilling supervisor in Rowan’s Turnkey Division, Rowan Petroleum. In June 1995, he was named land operations manager, then promoted to vice president of Rowan Drilling Company in 1998. In January 2005, he was named president of Rowan Drilling Company and VP of Rowan Companies. He assumed his current position in January 2006.

Ronnie Witherspoon, Vice President – Land Division
Nabors Drilling USA

Ronnie Witherspoon is senior vice president of marketing and business development for Nabors Drilling USA. He began his career with Schlumberger, providing logging services to clients in the Gulf of Mexico. He joined Nabors following graduate school and has held various positions within the company, including project manager, manager of contracts and marketing, district manager of Arkoma, district manager of East Texas and vice president of the Northern Division.

Mr Witherspoon holds an MBA in finance and MSMIS from the University of Oklahoma and has taken advance graduate finance courses at New York University. He also serves as a board member for The Center of Hearing and Speech in Houston.

David Reid, Vice President – Drilling & Well Services Division
National Oilwell Varco

As vice president, E&P technology and business at NOV, David Reid is responsible for developing corporate business interaction with strategic E&P companies. Joining Varco International nearly two decades ago, he spent three years each in the UK Drilling Systems Service Business and the Product Line Management for Pipehandling Products. He then spent another three years as director of marketing and sales with the Shaffer division of Varco before he became vice president of marketing and business development for Varco.

Dr Lee Hunt, IADC President

Dr Lee Hunt serves as the chief executive of IADC, responsible for managing IADC’s worldwide operations. Before being named president in 1990, his prior association positions included manager for state government affairs, environmental affairs and human resources. Dr Hunt holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University and received his law degree from South Texas College of Law.

Brian Petty, IADC Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

Brian Petty is based in Washington, DC, with global responsibilities for directing IADC’s government affairs initiatives. He serves as chairman of the federal Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods, which counsels the US Trade Representative and the US Secretary of Commerce on international trade issues. He also serves on their joint Investment Working Group to advise them on international investment policy. He co-chairs the Energy Services Coalition, comprised of 60 companies and trade associations seeking liberalization of trade in the hydrocarbon, electric power and renewable energy sectors at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr Petty holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in literature from the University of Virginia.

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