Directors

Robert L. Parker Jr.

Robert L. Parker Jr.

Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Parker Jr., age 63, is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company, and was appointed as the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in March 2012 upon Mr. Mannon’s resignation. Having joined the Company in 1973, he served as Chief Executive Officer from 1991 to 2009, and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2006. He previously was elected a Vice President in 1973, Executive Vice President in 1976 and President and Chief Operating Officer in 1977. Mr. Parker is on the Board of Directors of the University of Texas Development Board, the University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston) Development Board, the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the American Petroleum Institute and the Greater Houston Partnership. As Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr. Parker brings a wealth of historical knowledge and strategic experience and is well suited to serve as a link between the Board and the Company’s management. Mr. Parker brings significant experience in the oil and gas service industry through his more than 35 years with the Company, and his membership in the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

 

Jonathan M. Clarkson

Jonathan M. Clarkson

Retired Chairman, Texas Capital Bank

Mr. Clarkson recently retired from the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank, a subsidiary of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. where he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer from 2003 to 2011. From 1999 to 2002 he served as president and chief financial officer of Bargo Energy Company and its successor company Mission Resources Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Clarkson served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ocean Energy Corporation and its predecessor company, United Meridian Corporation. He also held several senior management positions at InterFirst Corporation and its subsidiary First National Bank in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Clarkson currently serves on the Board of Memorial Production Partners LP, a domestic energy firm focused on the acquisition and exploitation of domestic oil and gas properties. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Rivington Capital Advisors, LLC, an independent investment banking firm specializing in private capital and mergers and acquisition transactions for the small and mid-cap energy sectors. Previously, Mr. Clarkson served on the board of Edge Petroleum Corporation where he chaired the audit committee and also served as a member of that board’s compensation committee.

 

George J. Donnelly

George J. Donnelly

Managing Partner, Lilo Ventures

Mr. Donnelly is a managing partner of Lilo Ventures, a venture capital firm, having held this position since 2001. He also serves as chairman of Global Suppliers, a minority-owned private company that provides equipment to the petroleum and chemical industry. He served as president and chief executive officer of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce during 2005 and 2006 and as president of the San Jacinto Museum of History from 2000 to 2002. Between 1988 and 2000, Mr. Donnelly served as vice president of Russell Reynolds Associates and as vice chairman of SpencerStuart Associates, both executive search firms. He began his career at Texaco Inc. in 1962 and served in various roles at Texaco Inc. and Gulf Oil Company until 1997, including vice president of the Worldwide Energy and Minerals Division, vice president of the Latin American division and head of the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Donnelly serves on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership (World Trade), the Center for Houston's Future, United Way of Greater Houston, KIPP Charter Schools, the Health Museum of Houston, the San Jacinto Monument and Museum and the Institute of International Education.

 

Robert W. Goldman

Robert W. Goldman

Financial Consultant

Mr. Goldman retired from Conoco Inc. in 2002 after 14 years of service, most recently as senior vice president - Finance and chief financial officer. Prior to that time, he was employed for 23 years by E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. in a variety of domestic and international finance and operating assignments. Since 2002 he has been self-employed as a financial consultant. From 2003 through 2008, Mr. Goldman served as the elected vice president-Finance of the World Petroleum Council. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and a member of the advisory board of Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity fund investing in the global energy, transportation and water infrastructure sectors. He serves on the board of directors of El Paso Corporation, The Babcock & Wilcox Company Inc. and Tesoro Corporation, as well as the board of trustees of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

 

Gary R. King

Gary R. King

Managing Partner, The Matrix Partnership

Mr. King, age 53, was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2008. He is the Managing Partner of The Matrix Partnership, a strategic advisory firm based in Dubai, UAE. From June, 2011 to December, 2011, he was President of Natural Resources and Commodities at First Capital Switzerland Investment Bank in Dubai, UAE. From September 2008 through February 2009, Mr. King held the position as the founding Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Natural Resources World. Previously, he served as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange from 2005 until 2009. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. King served as Senior Vice President in the infrastructure funds and treasury and commodities groups in Macquarie Bank Ltd./Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Managing Director at Matrix Commodities DMCC and Regional Head - Energy Group and Specialized Funds Group in Dubai at Standard Bank London Ltd. From 1997 to 2001, he served in senior management roles at Emirates National Oil Company, Dragon Oil PLC and TransCanada International Petroleum. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Vice President — Commodities Trading Group for Morgan Stanley (Singapore). From 1983 to 1994, he served in a variety of roles within exploration and production and oil trading and supply at Neste Oy (national oil and energy company of Finland), after beginning his career as an exploration geologist in 1980. Mr. King is also a member of the Board of Directors of Kulczyk Oil Ventures and a member of TRACE International and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

 

Robert E. McKee III

Robert E. McKee III

Retired Executive Vice President, ConocoPhillips Inc.

Mr. McKee retired from ConocoPhillips and Conoco, Inc. in 2003 after 36 years, serving the last 10 years as executive vice president-Worldwide Exploration and Production. He currently serves on the board of directors of QEP Resources Corp. and Post Oak Bank (Houston, Texas). From 2003 to mid-2004, Mr. McKee served as senior oil advisor in Iraq by presidential appointment. He is also a former member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Texas Engineering Department and serves on the Colorado School of Mines Foundation Board. He retired as the chairman of Enventure in 2009, a company that is majority-owned by Shell Oil Company.

 

Richard D. Paterson

Richard D. Paterson

Retired Managing Partner, PwC

Mr. Paterson, age 61, retired from PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), an international network of auditors, tax and business consultants, in 2011 after 37 years of service. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Paterson served as the global leader of PwC’s Consumer, Industrial Products and Services Practices comprising the automotive, consumer and retail, energy utilities and mining, industrial products, pharmaceutical and health industry sectors. These practices comprised roughly half of PwC’s global revenues. Mr. Paterson also served as managing partner of PwC’s Houston Office and U.S. Energy Practice. As part of this role, Mr. Paterson oversaw the audits of ExxonMobil Corporation from 2002 to 2006. Previous to this position, Mr. Paterson lived in Moscow, Russia where he led PwC’s Energy Practice for Europe, Middle East and Asia and also oversaw the audits processes of OAO Gazprom. Mr. Paterson joined PwC in 1974 and was admitted as a partner in 1987. Since his retirement, Mr. Paterson continues to provide consulting services to PwC firms and Partners internationally. He holds extensive knowledge of the energy industry and energy value chain and is a frequent speaker at the World Energy Congress and World Petroleum Congress. Mr. Paterson is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves on the board of Zaff Capital LLC, a private equity fund investing in emerging markets with a focus on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. He is a past board member of the U.S./Russia Business Council and the U.S. Energy Association.

 

Roger B. Plank

Roger B. Plank

President, Apache Corporation

Mr. Plank is president of Apache Corporation, having served in this position since 2009, after serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2000. Mr. Plank previously served as vice president of Corporate Communications, vice president of External Affairs and vice president of Planning and Corporate Development for Apache. He is also Chairman of Houston's Alley Theatre.

 

R. Rudolph Reinfrank

R. Rudolph Reinfrank

Managing General Partner, Riverford Partners, LLC

R. Rudolph Reinfrank is the managing general partner of Riverford Partners LLC, a strategic advisory and investment firm based in Los Angeles. Riverford acts as an investor, board member and strategic advisor to growth companies and companies in transition. Prior to founding Riverford, Mr. Reinfrank was a co-founder and a managing general partner of Clarity Partners L.P. and a co-founder of Clarity China, L.P. He is a co-founder and a managing general partner of Rader Reinfrank & Co. Mr. Reinfrank is a director of Global Leveraged Capital, LLC. Mr. Reinfrank meets the requirements of a Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee financial expert pursuant to item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K and he is FINRA licensed for Series 62 and Series 63. Mr. Reinfrank is also a senior advisor to Pall Mall Capital, Limited (London), Transnational Capital Corporation, and Matrix Commodities (Dubai).

 

Robert L. Parker

Robert L. Parker

Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Parker joined Parker Drilling in 1947 and 10 years later purchased the company from his father, Gifford C. Parker, the founder of the company. Serving as president since 1954, Mr. Parker took the company public in 1969 and was elected chairman and chief executive officer. Since 2006, he has retained the position of chairman emeritus. Mr. Parker also serves on the board of directors of Clayton Williams Energy, is an advisory director of Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa, and is the chairman of the U.S. - Kazakhstan Business Association board of directors. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement by the American Petroleum Institute in 1999, the Waggener-Griffin Award from Spindletop International in 2001, and the God and Country Award from Boy Scouts of America in 2001. In 2001 he was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame by the Tulsa Historical Society. Mr. Parker holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a Distinguished Alumnus.