IADC bolsters on-the-ground presence in Brazil, adds Offshore Division expertise

Posted on 10 September 2013

By Amy Rose, IADC director of external relations

Sean Brett

Sean Brett

As the leading authority in the drilling community, IADC has again expanded to ensure it is fully capable of advocating on behalf of member interests across the globe.

“We are ensuring that, as an organization, we have the right people with the right competence, skills, experience and expertise to drive the necessary improvement in our organizational effectiveness,” said Stephen Colville, IADC president and CEO.

“IADC’s staff is a small core of high-quality, high-capacity catalysts who drive our improved performance. Tony Cox, representing Brazil in our International Development Division, and Sean Brett in our Offshore Division, align perfectly with who we are as an organization and exemplify the qualities and capabilities that we seek.”

International development 

Recognizing the important role that Brazil plays in the energy industry, IADC recently appointed Mr Cox to serve as representative for the region. He has more than 35 years of experience working for Ensco, Global Maritime and Pride International, among others. He is a certified master mariner with command experience of DP drillships and semis and has a marine consultancy background with project management and warranty survey work.

Tony Cox

Tony Cox

In 2005 he became OIM/Master at Pride, and in 2006 he joined Ensco as QHSE manager for Brazil. In 2011, he became senior QHSE manager for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Since early 2013 he has worked as an independent marine and safety consultant.

“The oil and gas industry in Brazil is projected to grow significantly in the next several years,” said Bob Warren, IADC international development adviser. “As the only industry body exclusively representing the drilling community, IADC has the expertise, programs and information to strengthen the drilling industry in Brazil. Tony is uniquely experienced and qualified to serve the industry through IADC, and we are fortunate to have his presence in the organization.”

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Mr Cox will network with IADC members in the region and promote their interests while representing IADC to industry, government and regulatory bodies. “Having Tony on the ground in Brazil perfectly aligns with IADC’s efforts to increase our international reach, allowing us to more effectively advocate on behalf of our membership in a country with enormous potential,” Mr Colville said.

Offshore Division

The IADC Offshore Division recently expanded with the addition of Mr Brett as senior director.

In his role, Mr Brett will have responsibility for assisting the IADC Accreditation and Credentialing Division on development of marine qualifications for the KSA project. He will also represent IADC at the International Maritime Organization as it considers Deepwater Horizon casualty reports.

Mr Brett was previously a compliance specialist with Noble Drilling Services. A graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, he received a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation before receiving his law degree from Tulane University.  From 2000 through 2010, he served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve.

He joined the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry as a manager of marine safety and investigations in 2008. In 2011, at ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66, he served as marine HSE/regulatory compliance specialist before joining Noble Drilling Services in 2012.

“Sean brings the experience, education and background to elevate the IADC Offshore Division and provide assurance of our core competencies. He will be a valuable asset in expanding our capabilities for advocacy, regulatory representation and development of standards,” said Alan Spackman, vice president, IADC Offshore Division.

Click here for information about the IADC Offshore Division.

Click here for details about activities of the IADC Brazil Chapter.

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