Boots & Coots Names New EVP

Boots & Coots International Well Control, Inc. has named Don Cobb, former president of the company's hydraulic well control division, executive vice president of Boots & Coots.

Cobb joined Boots & Coots in March of last year in connection with the acquisition of the hydraulic well control business of Oil States International, Inc. In his new capacity, he will oversee the business development and geographical management of the company's international operations. Don will work in tandem with Dee Edwards, executive vice president responsible for the delivery of the company's service lines and geographic management and development of domestic businesses. Both report directly to the president.

Boots & Coots international operations include services in Algeria, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Congo, Egypt, Dubai and operations recently commenced in Libya. "Don and Dee are highly regarded leaders within Boots & Coots and among our customers," said Jerry Winchester, president and chief executive officer. "This integrated management structure will provide the management flexibility to empower the leadership of the organization at all levels, supporting our business growth and the personal development of our people while helping to ensure that we are delivering the best in pressure control services to our customers." Cobb has served as president of HWC since 1998. During that period, HWC has expanded from a domestic based service provider into an international company with continuing international operations in Congo, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Egypt. While employed by Oil States, Cobb was also involved in the senior management of Oil States' U.S. land drilling businesses, Capstar Drilling, L.P. and Elenburg Exploration. Prior to his employment with HWC, Cobb was employed for 22 years by Baker Hughes, Inc., where he served in various management and technical positions of increasing authority in the U.S. and internationally, including area manager of Indonesia, regional manager, Western U.S. and Alaska, regional manager of Latin America and manager of multi-lateral operations.

Boots & Coots International Well Control, Inc., Houston, Texas, provides a suite of integrated oilfield services centered on the prevention, emergency response and restoration of blowouts and well fires as well as hydraulic workover/snubbing and hot tapping services around the world.