board of directors

Board of Directors

Eugene Davis

Non-Executive Chairman

Eugene Davis is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PIRINATE Consulting Group, LLC, a privately held consulting firm specializing in turnaround management, merger and acquisition consulting, hostile and friendly takeovers, proxy contests, and strategic planning advisory services for domestic and international public and private business entities. Since forming PIRINATE in 1997, Mr. Davis has advised, managed, sold, liquidated, and served as a chief executive officer, chief restructuring officer, director, chairman or committee chairman of a number of businesses operating in diverse sectors. Mr. Davis currently serves as a director of Verso Corporation, Sanchez Energy, Seadrill Limited and VICI Properties Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Davis has been a director of the following public or formerly public companies: ALST Casino Holdco, LLC, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Atlas Iron Limited, The Cash Store Financial Services, Inc., Dex One Corp., Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, Global Power Equipment Group, Inc., Goodrich Petroleum Corp., Great Elm Capital Corp., GSI Group, Inc., Hercules Offshore, Inc., HRG Group, Inc., Knology, Inc., SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc., Spansion, Inc., Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., Titan Energy LLC, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., U.S. Concrete, Inc. and WMIH Corp. In addition, Mr. Davis is and has been a director of several private companies in various industries. He was also the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Sport Supply Group, Inc., a direct-mail marketer of sports equipment, from 1996 to 1997. He was an outside director of Emerson Radio Corporation, a consumer electronics company, beginning in 1990, and became the President, Vice Chairman and continued as a director of Emerson Radio Corporation, from mid-1992 to 1997. Mr. Davis began his career in 1980 as an attorney and international negotiator with Exxon Corporation and Standard Oil Company (Indiana) and was in private practice from 1984 to 1998.

Alexander (Sandy) Esslemont

President & Chief Executive Officer


Sandy Esslemont is the president and chief executive officer of Parker Drilling. He was elected president and chief executive officer on April 30, 2020, and appointed as a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Esslemont has more than 37 years of international oil & gas industry experience in drilling operations, petroleum technology, and executive management. He has held leadership roles at privately held, publicly-traded, and venture-backed companies in roles based in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Europe, Australasia, and the Middle East, the majority of which are in the oilfield services and related industries.

Prior to joining Parker, Mr. Esslemont served as CEO for Abrado, a Houston-based company in which he was an original founder.  Previously, he was CEO and Chairman of SensorTran Inc., which was sold to Halliburton under his leadership; President, Western Hemisphere of EXPRO International Group, an international oilfield services company; and served as CEO of ROXAR group, an international oilfield technology company.

Mr. Esslemont holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Patrick Bartels

Patrick Bartels is a senior investment professional with 20 years of experience and currently serves as the Managing Member of Redan Advisors LLC. His professional experience includes investing in complex financial restructurings and process intensive situations in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe in a broad universe of industries. Mr. Bartels has led creditors’ committees and served as a director on numerous public and private boards of directors with an extensive track-record of driving value-added returns for all stakeholders through governance, incentive alignment, capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Bartels currently serves on the board of directors of Arch Coal, Inc., Sungard Availability Services, LifeCare Holdings, and Vanguard Natural Resources, Inc. Mr. Bartels also served on the board of directors of WCI Communities, Inc. and TOUSA Liquidation Trust. Mr. Bartels was previously a Managing Principal of Monarch Alternative Capital LP in New York, a private investment firm that focuses primarily on distressed companies. Prior to joining Monarch Alternative Capital LP, Mr. Bartels was a high-yield investments analyst at Invesco Ltd. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Bartels received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Finance from Bucknell University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Michael Faust


Michael Faust has 34 years of industry, financial and leadership experience within the oil and gas sector, including diverse geological, geophysical and technical reservoir experience spanning many different basins and formations throughout the world. Mr. Faust is the Chairman, CEO and President of SAExploration, appointed in August 2019, after serving as their Lead Independent Director since 2017. He has served as an Independent Director of Obsidian Energy Ltd since 2018, where he also served as Interim CEO from March to August 2019. Prior to these positions, Mr. Faust was the Vice President, Exploration and Land at ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.  After joining Arco Alaska, Inc. in 1997, Mr. Faust held multiple senior positions up to and following Phillips Petroleum Co.’s acquisition of Arco Alaska, Inc. in 2000 and the subsequent merger between Phillips and Conoco Inc. In 2008, Mr. Faust was appointed Vice President of Exploration and Land at ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd. Prior to Arco Alaska, Inc., Mr. Faust also held various positions with Exxon Exploration Company and Esso Norge A.S. Mr. Faust holds a Masters of Arts degree in Geophysics from the University of Texas after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Washington. 

Barry L. McMahan

Barry L. McMahan retired as Senior Vice President of Seneca Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company, and was responsible for Seneca’s Operations in the U.S. Mr. McMahan joined Seneca in 1988 and managed Seneca’s California assets before being promoted to manage all company assets. Mr. McMahan has more than 34 years’ experience in oil and gas production development and management. As a member of Seneca’s senior management, Mr. McMahan was engaged in all aspects of both conventional and shale development. Mr. McMahan attended California Lutheran University where he majored in Finance. He was a member of the American Petroleum Institute, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Western States Petroleum Association, where he served on the Board of Directors. Mr. McMahan was named the Western States Petroleum Association’s Man of the Year in 1994 for his efforts in regulatory reform. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees and the endowment committee for Pyle’s Boys Camp, an organization serving at-risk disadvantaged young men in Southern California. Mr. McMahan joined the board of U.S. Well Services, a private equity backed pure play hydraulic fracturing services company with operations in the Appalachian basin and Texas. Mr. McMahan’s board service was concluded with a successful IPO in November of 2018. Mr. McMahan currently serves of the Board of Tribune Resources, where he chairs the compensation committee and serves on the audit committee.

Zaki Selim

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.

L. Spencer Wells

L. Spencer Wells has over 15 years of experience as an investor and financial analyst and is a founding Partner of Drivetrain Advisors, a provider of fiduciary services to the alternative investment community. Prior to founding Drivetrain Advisors, Mr. Wells served as a Senior Advisor at TPG Special Situations Partners. Mr. Wells currently serves on the boards of several public and private companies, among them Town Sports International, Inc., NextDecade Corporation, and Jones Energy, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Wells was a partner of TPG Special Situations Partners, during which time he helped create and manage an investment portfolio approximated at $2.5 billion. From 2002 until 2009, Mr. Wells served as a Partner and a Portfolio Manager at Silver Point Capital. While at Silver Point, he covered the energy, chemicals, and building products sectors and managed an investment portfolio estimated at $1.3 billion. Mr. Wells holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.

Robert L. “Bobby” Parker, Jr.

Chairman Emeritus

Bobby Parker was appointed chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Company, effective March 26, 2019. 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.

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