Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation plc has announced that Julie Robertson will succeed David Williams as the company’s new chairman, president and CEO.
Williams, who is retiring, will remain with the company through February, serving in an advisory capacity, Noble revealed.
"Julie's record of contribution to the company in many capacities over more than 38 years of service and her thorough understanding of the offshore drilling industry combine to create an exceptional foundation for strong leadership," Williams said in a company statement.
"Her comprehensive skill set, along with the excellent management team already in place, should drive further achievements and fortify Noble's outstanding industry position,” he added.
Robertson has served as the company's executive vice president since 2006. In this role, she has had direct oversight for human resources, procurement and supply chain, learning and development, health, safety environmental functions, and information technology. From July 2001, she served as senior vice president of administration and has served continuously as corporate secretary since December 1993.
Commenting on the leadership of the outgoing CEO, Gordon Hall, Noble Corporation's lead independent director, hailed Williams as the driving force behind Noble's transformation ‘into a high-specification drilling company’.
“He was a steady and highly visible leader through the worst industry recession in more than 30 years,” Hall said in an organization statement.
“David assembled a talented management team and leaves Noble in good hands and well-positioned for continued success,” he added.