WASHINGTON, D.C.– The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) board of directors has elected David H. Welch as chairman and John Gellert as vice chairman for the upcoming 2017-2018 term.
Welch becomes the first producer to serve as chairman in NOIA’s history. In 2004, he joined Stone Energy Corp. and is currently president and CEO. Welch has also previously served on NOIA’s board of directors.
Since 2015, Gellert has led SEACOR Marine Holdings as president. He also serves as a co-COO for SEACOR Holdings.
Also during its Annual Meeting, NOIA elected 16 industry leaders to its board of directors.
Appointed to first term on the board are: Chris Beckett, CEO, Pacific Drilling; Kenny Lang, president and COO, Ridgewood Energy Corp.; Mike McCauley, operations GM, Arena Offshore; David de Roode, senior vice president, Lockton Marine & Energy; Douglas Stephens, president and CEO, Frank’s International; and Jim Wicklund, managing director, Credit-Suisse, LLC.
Reappointed to the board for a second term are: Erik Bartsch, exploration manager, Gulf of Mexico, Shell Energy Resources Co.; Cornelius Dupré, chairman and CEO, Dupré Energy Services; Bill Flores, Houston, TX; Cliffe Laborde, managing member, Laborde Marine Management; Mark Meunier, vice president, Kiewit Offshore Services; Lee Orgeron, Montco Offshore; and Will Pecue, president, Taylor Energy Co.
Appointed to the Executive Committee of the board of directors are: Robert Abendschein, vice president, Deepwater Americas, Anadarko Petroleum Co.; Erik Bartsch, Exploration Manager, Gulf of Mexico, Shell Energy Resources Co.; Matt McCarroll, president and CEO, Fieldwood Energy; and David Williams, chairman, president and CEO, Noble Corp.