Pacific Drilling finds replacement for chief financial officer

Pacific Drilling, an offshore drilling specialist, has appointed a new senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).

Pacific Bora drillship; Image by Jacklee; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license

Pacific Drilling said on Monday that James W. Harris was named as the company’s SVP and CFO.

Harris will replace John P. Boots who mutually agreed with the company to step down from his position to pursue other opportunities.

Boots has been the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer since he took over from Paul Reese in August 2017.

As for Harris, he has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry in a variety of financial leadership, strategic, and business planning roles.

He most recently served as the executive VP of drilling and subsea at Forum Energy Technologies, having previously served Forum as the CFO for 12 years.

Bernie Wolford, the company’s CEO, said: “We sincerely appreciate the many contributions that John has made during his nearly ten-year tenure with Pacific Drilling and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

“We are excited to welcome Jim to the Pacific Drilling management team. We are confident that his strong financial background and leading executive experience in the oilfield services sector will immediately benefit Pacific Drilling and its investors.”


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