The resignations were prompted by organizational changes designed to align the company's management structure to address, in the most efficient manner, the large backlog of work in North America, as well as opportunities in other selected international markets. These organizational changes are designed to help the company meet its stated objective of a lower cost structure. Willbros previously announced that it intended to sell its interests in Nigeria and reclassified those operations as "discontinued" in the second quarter of this year.
Randy Harl, President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, "I cannot overstate the valuable contributions made by all our employees as we have worked through difficult issues with respect to our operations in Nigeria and the impact events there have had on Willbros. Clay Etheridge and Rick Wiggins have met every challenge head-on and we thank them for their leadership under these difficult conditions. We wish them the very best in their future endeavors."
Jerrit Coward, formerly senior manager with responsibility for daily operations in Nigeria, will now have responsibility as Country Manager for all operations in Nigeria. Coward, who has over 14 years of relevant experience, including multiple assignments in West Africa, will report to Randy Harl. Harl will assume the executive management of discontinued operations and direct management of the four major projects in Nigeria, which will report directly to him.
John Allcorn, Executive Vice President, will have executive management responsibilities for operations in North America, Oman and other international venues addressed by the company.
Willbros Group, Inc. is an independent contractor serving the oil, gas and power industries, providing engineering and construction services to industry and government entities worldwide.
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