David Williams, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Noble Corp, has been recognized as 2015 IADC Contractor of the Year. Accepting his award on 6 November at the 2015 IADC Annual General Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Mr Williams thanked all the people he has worked with during his career, noting that he has learned something from everyone. “It’s certainly been a privilege for me to work in this business,” he said.
Mr Williams also thanked IADC and urged more people from the drilling industry to participate with the organization. “IADC has done a terrific job of providing a forum for drilling contractors. This is the only advocacy group for drilling contractors, those of us who own and operate drilling rigs, and IADC plays a critical role. We appreciate the work that you do very much, and we appreciate those of you who serve on committees and chapters. And if you’re not involved, please get involved and stay involved because it is important work.”
The IADC Contractor of the Year award was established in 1988 to recognize individual drilling contractors and their outstanding lifetime achievements in technical innovation, safety and economic efficiency within the drilling industry. Sponsored by National Oilwell Varco, the award is the only one in the industry reserved solely for drilling contractors. All recipients are nominated and selected by IADC member drilling contractors.
Mr Williams was named Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer effective 2 January 2008. He served as Senior Vice President – Business Development of Noble Drilling Services from September 2006 to January 2007, as Senior Vice President – Operations of Noble Drilling Services from January to April 2007, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Noble from April 2007 to January 2, 2008. Prior to September 2006, Mr Williams served for more than five years as Executive Vice President of Diamond Offshore Drilling.