Torch Offshore Makes Management Changes

Torch Offshore, Inc. has continued its progression towards operating in the deepwater regions of the world by hiring David A. Gray as General Manager of its deepwater operations as well as a supporting deepwater project management staff.

Gray brings over 26 years of engineering experience to Torch, including 19 years in the offshore industry where he has mostly been involved in product and hardware development. Gray joins Torch from Stolt Offshore, Inc. where he was the Engineering Manager - North Americas Regions. His other previous employment includes positions with Stolt Comex Seaway, Brown & Root Energy Services, Mentor Subsea, Sonsub Inc., Diverless Systems, Inc. and General Electric Co. Gray has a BSME from Penn State University and an EIT from the State of Pennsylvania. He has also been involved in the application and receipt of various patents throughout his engineering career.

Also joining Gray on Torch's deepwater team are Darrell L. Evans, Bruce R. Yoder and Mary Scardino Nash, all previously employed with Stolt Offshore, Inc. Evans has extensive experience in the oil and natural gas industry and will be Manager - Engineering Support. Evans previously served as an Engineering Support Manager. Yoder has a diverse engineering background most recently serving as a Project Engineer. Nash has also previously served as a Project Engineer. Yoder and Nash will take positions as Project Engineers with Torch.

Lyle G. Stockstill, Torch Offshore Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are excited about the new additions to the Torch team and feel they can and will make an immediate impact on the Company. These individuals bring varied talents to the table as well as many years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Their expertise should aid us greatly in making our transition to the deepwater with the Midnight Hunter and Midnight Express."