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 Larry Dickerson, Diamond Offshore, was named 2009 IADC Contractor of the Year during a luncheon at the Houston Petroleum Club on 4 March. The award, sponsored for the 22nd year by NOV ReedHycalog, recognizes outstanding contributions and leadership to the association and the drilling industry.

“This is a tremendous honor. The list of past recipients is incredible, with many pioneers in the industry. I’m certainly humbled to be grouped with them,” Mr Dickerson said in accepting the award.

Referring to a quote by Milton Friedman asserting that no one can make a pencil – because no one person possesses all the skills needed to make the pencil – Mr Dickerson said he believes that “no one can drill a well.” It requires not only the expertise of drilling contractors, but also many other disciplines from service companies, operators, regulators and governments.

Larry Dickerson, Diamond Offshore, is 2009 IADC Contractor of the Year

“So I take this award really saying that no one can earn it. It is something that reflects not only the individual company but really the entire industry,” he said.

Mr Dickerson thanked everyone he’s worked with at Diamond Offshore, particularly his assistant Sandy Landry.

Finally, he thanked his wife Marcela. They’ve been married since 1980 and have two sons, Steven and Stuart.

The IADC Contractor of the Year Award winner is selected entirely by his drilling industry peers for contributions to safety, technical innovations and economic efficiency. NOV ReedHycalog president Robin MacMillan, who presented the award, noted that his company will donate a $7,500 scholarship on Mr Dickerson’s behalf to the Kipp Academy, a national network of free college-preparatory public schools.

Mr Dickerson is president and CEO of Diamond Offshore. He previously served as president and chief operating officer. Prior to that he held the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer. He began his career at Diamond Offshore in October 1979 and has held various management and financial positions with the firm.

Previously, Mr Dickerson worked at the Houston office of the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, specializing in the broadcast and energy industries.

He began his career in 1976 after receiving a bachelor of business administration degree with honors from the University of Texas. From 1972-1974, Mr Dickerson served in the United States Army.

He served during 2003 as IADC chairman, 2002 as vice chairman and 2001 as secretary-treasurer. He is a director of IADC and of the National Ocean Industries Association, as well as a member of its Executive Committee. Mr Dickerson also served on the US Commission on Ocean Policy.

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