Offshore drilling contractor ARO Drilling, a 50/50 joint venture between Valaris and Saudi Aramco, has appointed Mohamed Hegazi as Chief Executive Officer.
Hegazi previously served as Chief Executive Officer of TGT Diagnostics, a provider of wellbore integrity measurement solutions to the oil and gas industry.
Before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2015, Hegazi served as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director from 2012 to 2014. Before joining TGT Diagnostics, Hegazi held various senior leadership positions at SLB (formerly Schlumberger).
Hegazi replaces Derek Kent as ARO Chief Executive Officer, who will be retiring following a handover period.
Valaris President and Chief Executive Officer Anton Dibowitz said, “I am delighted to welcome Mohamed to ARO Drilling. Mohamed brings to the role strong leadership skills, oilfield service and capital markets experience as well as extensive knowledge of working in the Middle East. ARO is attractively positioned with its 20 rig newbuild program to help meet increasing rig demand offshore Saudi Arabia, and I look forward to working with Mohamed as we chart its next chapter of growth and value creation.”
Dibowitz added, “I would also like to thank Derek for his significant contributions to ARO since 2020, as well as Valaris and predecessor companies during his 25 year career, which spanned numerous geographies and leadership positions. We wish Derek the very best for his retirement.”