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Weatherford names new COO

Written by  OE Staff Tuesday, 22 August 2017 08:40

Weatherford International has appointed Karl Blanchard as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Blanchard. Image from Weatherford.

Blanchard will oversee all region and product line operations; quality, health, safety, security and environment; sales; engineering, research and development; and supply chain.

Blanchard brings with him valuable insights gained through more than 35 years in the oilfield services sector. Most recently, Blanchard served as chief operating officer for Seventy Seven Energy, where he oversaw drilling, pressure-pumping and rental tool operations. Previously, he spent more than 30 years at Halliburton Co., where he held senior leadership positions including vice president of cementing, vice president of production enhancement and vice president of testing and subsea.

"Mr. Blanchard has a long track record of bringing teams together to deliver operational excellence, strong financial performance and disciplined growth," says Mark A. McCollum, president and chief executive officer. "I have witnessed the effectiveness of his leadership first-hand, and I am very much looking forward to working with him to create a more balanced and integrated organizational structure at Weatherford.”

"By aligning several elements of our business under Mr. Blanchard's direction, we will establish greater collaboration, innovation and process discipline across our organization," says McCollum.

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