Rowan elects Thomas Burke as new CEO; appoints Matt Ralls executive chairman of board

Posted on 28 April 2014

Thomas P. Burke

Thomas P. Burke

Rowan Companies has elected Dr Thomas P. Burke as the CEO and appointed W. Matt Ralls as Executive Chairman of the Board along with Sir Graham Hearne as new Lead Director of the Board. Mr Ralls will replace H.E. Lentz, who retired as the Chairman of the Board of Directors

“The company could not be in better hands with Tom as Chief Executive Officer,” Mr Ralls, who served as the 2011 IADC Chairman, said. “He has proven his leadership skills, first as CEO of our manufacturing subsidiary and more recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. Tom’s keen business sense, in-depth knowledge of our company and industry, and clear vision for the future will serve the company well in the years to come. I look forward to watching Rowan flourish under Tom’s strong leadership.”

Dr Burke, who serves as VP of IADC’s Offshore Division, became COO of Rowan in July 2011 and was promoted to President in March 2013. Dr Burke joined Rowan in December 2009. Prior to that, he was employed by Complete Production Services, an oilfield services company, as a Division President from 2006 to 2009, and as Vice President Corporate Development from 2004 to 2006. Before joining Complete, Dr Burke held various positions at Schlumberger and McKinsey & Company. He holds a PhD in engineering science from Trinity College, Oxford and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 30 March 2015

    National Petroleum Council: US can safely tap Arctic resources to secure energy needs

    Prudently developing US Arctic oil and natural gas resources would enhance America’s position as a global leader in energy production for the next 35 years...

  • 30 March 2015

    Joint safety improvement plan aligns HSE objectives, “language” for Shell, Halliburton

    Speaking at a joint presentation with Halliburton at the 2015 IADC HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference in Kuala Lumpur on 12 March, Alain Moonen...

  • 27 March 2015

    Gravity-deployed carbon composite cable completes first commercial deployment offshore Norway

    Ziebel, a Stavanger-based provider of specialist well intervention services for the oil and gas industry, announced that its Z-Line gravity-deployed...

  • 27 March 2015

    Petronas’ INSTEP training institute plans improvements for integrated, experiential learning

    Institut Teknologi PETRONAS (INSTEP) takes realism seriously when it comes to experiential learning – seriously enough to be planning...

  • 26 March 2015

    Wood Mackenzie: Falling costs to soften blow of slashed exploration budgets

    Exploration budget cuts in 2015 will average 30%, but that will be matched by an approximately equal fall in exploration costs...

  • Read more news