McDermott International, Inc. today announced that Stuart Spence has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer following the departure of Perry L. Elders, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective August 23, 2014. Elders will be pursuing other opportunities.
Spence, age 45, has approximately 19 years of combined financial and operational management experience with companies in oilfield products and services and engineering and construction businesses. Immediately prior to joining McDermott, Spence served as Vice President, Artificial Lift for Halliburton Company, where he had overall strategic and operational responsibility for Halliburton’s artificial lift product and service line.
Previously, he served as Senior Director, Strategy and Marketing for Halliburton’s Completion and Production Division. Spence joined Halliburton following Halliburton’s acquisition of Global Oilfield Services Inc. in November 2011.
He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Global Oilfield Services from 2008 to 2011 and as Executive Vice President, Strategy, in 2011 in connection with the sale to Halliburton. His prior experience also includes positions of increasing financial and management responsibility at: Green Rock Energy, LLC; and Vetco International Ltd. (holding company for Aibel Ltd., an oilfield facilities maintenance and construction company, and Vetco Gray, Inc., a subsea production and drilling equipment company). In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Spence will be McDermott’s principal financial and accounting officer.
Spence stated: “I am joining McDermott at both a challenging and exciting time, and I am looking forward to working closely with a management team dedicated to returning McDermott to sustainable, profitable growth and focused on shareholder returns.”
Elders said: “With the successful completion of the refinancing and new financing transactions in the second quarter of this year and the other positive steps we have taken to direct the turnaround of McDermott’s operations, I feel the time is right for me to transition to other opportunities and challenges. I wish the McDermott management team the best in their continuing efforts.”
David Dickson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott, stated, “The Company is grateful for Perry’s contributions to McDermott over the past four years and his leadership role in the Company’s transition following the spin-off of The Babcock & Wilcox Company to our shareholders in 2010 and our recently completed refinancing and new financing arrangements. We wish him well in his future endeavors. Stuart brings a new perspective to McDermott, with not only a demonstrable track record of operational-results focus and financial discipline, but also in the area of strategic planning. As McDermott continues its focus on returning to profitability, Stuart’s skill set and leadership will be instrumental in shaping our near-term results and future strategy. I am looking forward to working closely with him.”