GSF Taps Simmons to Head Operations

Worldwide oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation on Wednesday announced that Blake Simmons has been named Senior Vice President, Operations, with responsibility for the company's worldwide contract drilling operations, effective March 1.

Simmons has served as President of GlobalSantaFe's drilling management services subsidiary, Applied Drilling Technology Inc. (ADTI), since 2003. He will be succeeded by Steve Morrison, who currently serves as ADTI's Vice President of Planning and Analysis.

Simmons joined Global Marine Inc. in 1983 and held operational positions in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, West Africa and South America as he progressed to the level of Rig Manager. He moved to Sales in 1993 and served as Vice President Sales and Contracts in 1998 until he assumed responsibility in 2000 for the company's North Sea operations as Managing Director in Aberdeen. After the 2001 merger with Santa Fe International, he became Regional Vice President and oversaw North Sea, Canada and Caspian Sea operations until his current appointment at ADTI. Simmons graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Morrison joined ADTI in 1996 and served as Operations Manager and International Engineering Manager prior to accepting his current position in 1998. He previously held increasingly responsible positions in drilling and completion engineering, operations and drilling management during 17 years at Atlantic Richfield Corporation and Vastar Resources. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

GlobalSantaFe is a leading provider of offshore oil and gas drilling and drilling management services. The company owns or operates a mobile fleet of marine drilling rigs that operates in major drilling regions around the world, including premium and heavy-duty, harsh-environment jackups, semisubmersibles, and dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillships.