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Pacific Drilling Announces Two Key Appointments


Pacific Drilling is excited and pleased to announce two key appointments to its team in operational management roles. Firstly, Cees Van Diemen has joined the company as Vice President of Operations. Cees brings thirty-two years experience in the mobile offshore drilling industry, including 25 years with Noble Drilling Corporation and its predecessor Neddrill. His career started offshore in the traditional drill positions from Floorman to Offshore Installation Manager, before taking on increasing responsibility in onshore management roles from rig manager in West Africa, the Mediterranean and the North Sea, to district manager in the North Sea and Division manager in Europe and lately in Brazil. During his career, Cees has had extensive experience in deepwater drilling from the early days of 600ft water depth activity in 1977 to recent operations in 9200ft water depth. He holds a BSc in automotive engineering from the University of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.

In an equally important step in the company’s development, Paul Linkin has accepted the role of Vice President of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment. Paul joins the company after nearly 20 years of experience in various operations and QHSE management roles at Schlumberger. Paul has extensive experience developing and implementing management systems in both field and office environments, with a particular focus on Quality and HSE management in remote locations. He holds a B.Eng degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Portsmouth.

Chris Beckett, CEO of Pacific Drilling, announced “I am very happy that Cees and Paul have agreed to join the management team at Pacific Drilling. Collectively, they bring exactly the type of professionalism and experience in our core markets and target geographies that Pacific requires to meet our goal of being the preferred Ultra-Deepwater Drillship Operator. With our fleet of drillships under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries, and a world-class management team in place, we are well positioned to provide exemplary service to our clients.”

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