McDermott International, Inc. announced Thursday that Stephen M. Johnson will retire from his positions as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO and as a director of McDermott in December 2013 and that David Dickson has agreed to join McDermott and to succeed Johnson as President and CEO. Dickson has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer, a position he will hold until December.
Dickson, age 45, has approximately 23 years of offshore oilfield engineering and construction business experience, including 11 years of experience with Technip S.A. and its subsidiaries. Since September 2008, he has been serving as president of Technip USA Inc., with oversight responsibilities for all of Technip’s North American operations.
Dickson will commence his employment with McDermott on Oct. 31. He will initially serve as McDermott’s chief operating officer, succeeding John T. McCormack, whose retirement from that position was previously announced. Dickson will succeed Johnson as President and CEO on or before Dec. 16. Dickson will lead the previously announced search effort for a new chief operating officer. Concurrent with Dickson’s appointment as president and CEO, McDermott’s Board of Directors will elect him as a member of the Board.
The search for a successor president and CEO began in January of this year, as part of McDermott’s regular succession planning process and following Johnson’s expression of interest to retire by year-end. Johnson and Roger A. Brown, the chairman of the Governance Committee of the Board, led the search effort for Johnson’s replacement. They were assisted by a nationally recognized executive search firm that has significant experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) industry.
Johnson stated, “I am very pleased to turn over executive leadership of McDermott to such a highly qualified and experienced leader as David. I am confident that, with his depth of experience and breadth of knowledge relating to conventional offshore marine construction projects and subsea projects, David is the right person to lead the McDermott team in its business strategy, which is focused on providing the full range of engineering and construction services in key offshore oil and gas producing regions around the world. I am looking forward to working closely with him to ensure an orderly transition.”
Dickson stated, “I am honored and excited to be joining McDermott, with its unparalleled history of developing complex offshore oil and gas projects worldwide, very talented management team and dedicated employees. There is significant value in McDermott’s operations and reputation for delivering on complex projects. I look forward to working with the McDermott team to capitalize on that value for our shareholders in the years ahead.”
McDermott also announced today that Gary P. Luquette has been appointed to its Board of Directors, effective October 18. Luquette will serve on the Compensation and Finance Committees of the Board of Directors.
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