Kurt Hoffman Named VP - Marketing of Noble Drilling

Noble Corporation announced that William C. (Kurt) Hoffman has been named Vice President - Marketing of Noble Drilling Services Inc.

Hoffman has been with Noble since 1991, most recently in the position of Vice President - Western Hemisphere Operations of Noble Drilling Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Noble. Prior to that, Hoffman served in various management roles within Triton Engineering Services Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Noble. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Southwest Texas State University and has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

Noble Corporation is a leading provider of diversified services for the oil and gas industry. Contract drilling services are performed with the Company's fleet, which stands at 59* mobile offshore drilling units located in key markets worldwide. The Company's fleet of floating deepwater units consists of 13 semisubmersibles and three dynamically positioned drillships, seven of which are designed to operate in water depths greater than 5,000 feet. The Company's premium fleet of 40* independent leg cantilever jackup rigs includes 26* units that operate in water depths of 300 feet or greater, four of which operate in water depths of 360 feet or greater, and 11 units that operate in water depths up to 250 feet. In addition, the Company's fleet includes three submersible units. Nine of the Company's units are capable of operating in harsh environments. Approximately 75 percent of the fleet is currently deployed in international markets, principally including the Middle East, Mexico, the North Sea, Brazil, West Africa, India and the Mediterranean Sea. The Company provides technologically advanced drilling-related products and services designed to create value for our customers. The Company also provides labor contract drilling services, well site and project management services, and engineering services. The Company's ordinary shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NE".