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Hercules Offshore makes executive management changes

Posted on 19 November 2012

Hercules Offshore has appointed James W. Noe to executive vice president, Beau M. Thompson to general counsel and secretary, Charles A. Lestage to deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer, Cecil H. Bowden to vice president engineering and capital projects and John B. Crabtree to vice president technical support, compliance, and maintenance.

Mr Noe has served as senior vice president – general counsel and chief compliance officer of Hercules Offshore since October 2005.  His experience in the oil and gas industry includes serving as corporate counsel for BJ Services Company and Single Buoy Moorings. Mr Noe serves on the board of Discovery Offshore, an ultra-high specification jackup company based in Luxembourg and listed on the Oslo Axess exchange.

Mr Thompson joined Hercules Offshore 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 Lestage joined Hercules Offshore in July 2011 as associate general counsel and deputy compliance officer. His previous experience includes various accounting roles at Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young and later as a litigation attorney at Thompson & Knight LLP.

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, Global Marine Drilling and Western Oceanic Drilling.  Mr Bowden served in the US Navy and has more than 30 years of industry experience.

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, Dredge Systems and Kenner Marine and Machinery. Mr Crabtree is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

John T. Rynd, CEO and president, stated, “It is with great pleasure that we announce these promotions, and we look forward to the continued contributions Jim, Beau, Charlie, Cecil and John will make toward the growth of our company.”

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