"The appointment of this new management team is an important step in our strategic transition from a shallow water diving company to a leading provider of subsea construction and commercial diving services to the global offshore oil and gas industry," said Jim Mermis, Superior Offshore president and chief executive officer. "We are now poised to go forward with providing expanded expertise and resources to the global subsea market in the Middle East, West Africa, Southeast Asia and Mexico."
Steve Singer, Vice President -- Corporate Development and Tax, was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Singer joined the Company in July 2007 and reports to Roger Burks, Superior's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.
Tom Armstrong joined Superior as Vice President -- Special Projects. Based in Houston, he will be responsible for managing the integration of the Superior Achiever DP-III vessel, which is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2008. Armstrong has 19 years' experience as a diver and operations manager with several companies, including CalDive International, Torch Offshore, Stolt Offshore and American Oilfield Divers. He reports to David Weinhoffer, Executive Vice President -- Commercial Operations.
Phil Doyle joined the Company as Vice President -- Americas, responsible for diving operations in North and South America. Doyle has more than 16 years of diving and diving operations management experience and formerly served as Global Divers & Marine Contractors' manager in charge of West Africa and Mexico. He is based in Houston and reports to Weinhoffer.
Richard Deitl Jr. has joined the company as Vice President of Superior's Middle East/Africa diving services, reporting to Weinhoffer. He is based in Houston and will be responsible for business development in those international markets. Deitl formerly served as Global Industries' regional manager in charge of West Africa diving operations and has more than 17 years of diving management experience in Africa.
John Whites III joined Superior as Vice President -- Business Development, based in Houston. Whites started his career in the petrochemical industry as a design engineer and project manager, then moved into the offshore pipeline industry. He has worked in the offshore industry in both the domestic and international markets for such companies as Cameron, Gripper/Hydrotech, Big Inch Marine Systems/American Oilfield Divers and most recently, Submar, Inc. Whites reports to Weinhoffer.
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