Rowan Companies elects CEO

Rowan Companies plc confirmed that Thomas P. Burke (pictured) has been elected as CEO of the company. In addition, H.E. Lentz retired as the chairman of the board of directors, W. Matt Ralls was appointed as the executive chairman of the board and Graham Hearne was appointed as the new lead director of the board.

Ralls said, "The company could not be in better hands with Tom as CEO.  He has proven his leadership skills, first as CEO of our manufacturing subsidiary and more recently as president and COO of the company.  Tom's keen business sense, in-depth knowledge of our company and industry, and clear vision for the future will serve the company well in the years to come.  I look forward to watching Rowan flourish under Tom's strong leadership."

Burke most recently served as president and COO of the firm.  He acquired the position in July 2011 and was promoted to president in March 2013. Burke initially joined the company in December 2009 to serve as president and CEO of LeTourneau Technologies Inc. and served in such capacity until the sale of LeTourneau in June 2011.  Prior to this, he was employed by Complete Production Services, an oilfield services company, as a division president from 2006 to 2009, and as vice president corporate development from 2004 to 2006.  Before joining Complete, Burke held various positions at Schlumberger and McKinsey & Company.

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