board of directors

Board of Directors

Gary G. Rich

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer


Gary Rich is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Parker Drilling. He was elected president and chief executive officer on October 1, 2012 and Chairman on May 1, 2014. An industry veteran with over 30 years of global technical, commercial and operations experience, Mr. Rich joined to Parker Drilling after a 25 year career with Baker Hughes Incorporated where he successfully managed several of the company’s businesses, regions, and initiatives. Over his career he has held a progressive series of roles across a broad spectrum of focus areas including global sales and strategic marketing and business development; new technology, product and commercialization strategies; and operations, finance and business management.

Prior to joining Parker Drilling, Mr. Rich served as vice president of global sales for Baker Hughes, and prior to this role, he served as president of that company’s European operations. Previously, Mr. Rich was President of Hughes Christensen Company (HCC), a division of Baker Hughes primarily focused on the production and distribution of drilling bits for the petroleum industry.

Mr. Rich holds a B.S. in accounting from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in science and technology commercialization from the University of Texas.

Jonathan M. Clarkson

Retired Chairman, Texas Capital Bank


Jon Clarkson retired in 2015 as chief financial officer for Matrix Oil Corporation, a privately held company active in oil and gas exploration and production. Mr. Clarkson held this position from May 2012 to December 2015. Mr. Clarkson retired in December 2011 from the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank, a subsidiary of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc., where he served as president, chief executive officer and chairman from 2003 until 2011. From January 2012 to March 2017, Mr. Clarkson served on the Board of Directors, and was non-executive chairman of the board, and chairman of the Audit Committee of Memorial Production Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Memorial Production Partners LP, a domestic energy firm focused on the acquisition and exploitation of domestic oil and gas properties. Effective December 13, 2016, Mr. Clarkson became a member of the Board of Directors and a member and chair of the Audit Committee of WildHorse Resource Development. Since 2010, Mr. Clarkson has served on the Advisory Board of Rivington Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment banking firm specializing in private capital and mergers and acquisition transactions for the small- and mid-cap energy sectors. Mr. Clarkson previously served in senior management positions in the energy and banking industries.

Peter T. Fontana

Retired Chief Operating Officer, Weatherford International plc


Pete Fontana is the former chief operating officer of Weatherford International, a global provider of equipment and services used in drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention of oil and natural gas wells. He retired from Weatherford in 2013, having served as chief operating officer since 2010. Mr. Fontana joined Weatherford in January 2005. Prior to joining Weatherford, Mr. Fontana held leadership positions with Baker Hughes, Forasol/Foramer and The Western Company of North America. Mr. Fontana holds a master’s of business administration from Southern Methodist University and is the inventor and co-inventor on several U.S. patents. He has authored numerous technical papers focused on improved drilling operations.

Gary R. King

CEO, Radio Physics Solutions


Gary King is the managing partner of the Matrix Partnership, a strategic advisory firm he founded in 2009, focused on natural resources and based in Dubai, U.A.E. On January 2, 2018, he became the chief executive officer of Radio Physics Solutions after holding the position of managing director, global business development since January 2016. From April 2016 to June 2016, he was the Chief Executive Officer of privately held Intrepid GTL. In 2014, he served as the chief executive officer of Regalis Petroleum, a privately held African oil exploration company. Mr. King has a broad 30 year international career as an exploration geologist, oil trader and asset manager. He has held several CEO and senior management positions with Government of Dubai entities including the Dubai Mercantile Exchange, Sovereign Wealth Fund Dubai Natural Resources World, Emirates National Oil Company and Dragon Oil Plc. He also held senior executive roles with Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Bank and Standard Bank. Mr. King is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and is a Middle East strategic advisor to Tudor Pickering Holt (TPH). He previously served on the Board of Directors of Canadian listed Serinus Energy Inc., where he chaired the Compensation Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee, the Corporate Governance Committee and the Reserves Committee. He holds a BSc and an MSc in Petroleum Exploration Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London University, and has an Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies with the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews University. He is also a Member of the Royal United Services Institute and an Affiliate of The Security Institute.

Robert L. Parker Jr.

Retired Chairman, Parker Drilling


Bobby Parker is the retired chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Parker served the Company as chairman of the Board of Directors from January 1, 2014 until May 2014. Prior to that, he served as executive chairman of the Board of Directors from October 2012 until January 1, 2014. Mr. Parker stepped down from his role as the interim president and chief executive officer of the Company in October 2012 upon Mr. Rich’s appointment to the office of President and Chief Executive Officer. Having joined the Company in 1973, Mr. Parker served as chief executive officer from 1991 to 2009, and was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors in 2006. He previously was elected 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 at Austin Development Board and the University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston) Development Board. Mr. Parker is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Schreiner University. Mr. Parker brings significant experience in the oil and gas service industry through his more than 40 years with the Company, and his prior leadership in the International Association of Drilling Contractors and the American Petroleum Institute.

Richard D. Paterson

Retired Managing Partner, PwC


Rich Paterson retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), an international network of auditors, tax and business consultants, in June 2011 after 37 years of service. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Paterson served as 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 industries sectors) and as the managing partner of the Houston Office and U.S. Energy Practice. These practices comprised roughly half of PwC’s global revenues. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Paterson was global leader of PwC’s Energy, Utilities and Mining Practice and was the lead audit engagement partner responsible for the audits of ExxonMobil Corporation from 2002 to 2006. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Paterson lived in Moscow, Russia, where he led PwC’s Energy Practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa and was the lead audit engagement partner responsible for the audits of OAO Gazprom for those years. Prior to 1997, Mr. Paterson was responsible for the audits of numerous PwC clients, principally in the energy sector. He began his career with PwC in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1974, served in seven PwC offices, including four years in the National Office in New York, and was admitted as a partner of PwC in 1987. Mr. Paterson is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”). NACD has named him a Board Leadership Fellow due to his demonstrated commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD’s comprehensive program of study for corporate directors. Mr. Paterson serves on the Board of Directors and as chairman of the Audit Committee of Eclipse Resources Corporation. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Audit, Governance and Conflicts Committees of Teekay Tankers, Ltd. Mr. Paterson previously served, through July 31, 2017, as a member of the Board and as chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance Committee of Tidewater, Inc. Mr. Paterson previously served, through September 30, 2017, as a member of the Board and chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of Saipem Canada, Inc., a private company. Mr. Paterson previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the Audit Committee of Zaff GP LLC, a private equity fund investing in emerging markets with a focus on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors.

Zaki Selim

Retired, President of Oilfield Services, Middle East and Asia


Zaki Selim is the non-executive chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Glasspoint, Inc., a manufacturer of solar steam generators for use in the oil and gas industry, a position he has held since 2013. He has also served as a senior advisor with First Reserve, a private equity investment firm focused on global energy and infrastructure investments, from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Selim also served as a director of the Board of Total Safety U.S., Inc., a privately held industrial safety service provider from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, Mr. Selim joined the Board of Directors of Paragon Offshore, a provider of offshore drilling services. An oil and gas industry veteran, Mr. Selim retired from Schlumberger in 2010 after a 29-year career with the company. From 1983 until 2010, he held progressive management positions within Schlumberger Limited, retiring as the area president for Oilfield Services – Middle East/Asia. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Selim served as chief executive officer of PetroPro, an energy consulting business based in Dubai, U.A.E. Mr. Selim is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering and attended the management program at Harvard Business School.

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