Houston, 7 November, 2013 – The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) awarded three industry leaders, David Reid, Don Jacobsen and Leon Robinson, with the IADC Exemplary Service Award today at its Annual General Meeting in San Antonio.
The awards recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to IADC and their commitment to improving and advancing the industry’s safety, training and technology.
The awardees are:
Senior Vice President, Global Accounts and Chief Sales Officer, NOV
David Reid was recognized for his service as IADC Division VP, Drilling & Well Services, as chairman of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee and as a member of the IADC Executive Committee.
Mr Reid joined Varco International 21 years ago. In that time, he has served a number of roles covering business development, product development, leadership and management. He has made key contributions in the development of today’s top drives, pipehandling, iron roughnecks, blow out preventers, integrated drilling systems and automation. He has led the introduction of modern drilling system design in drilling rigs offshore and has had an active role in the industry as a voice in addressing change in design and business models.
Vice President, Wells, Global Arctic & Industry/Regulatory Affairs, Shell International E&P
Don Jacobsen was recognized for his service as an IADC director and conference speaker and his contributions on conference program committees, as well as his contribution to the advancement of safety for the offshore energy industry.
Mr Jacobsen began his career with Shell in 1981, working primarily in the drilling and completions sector of the business. In the more than 30 years since then, he has served a variety of roles with both Hess Corporation and Noble Corporation, before rejoining Shell in December 2012. In his current role, he has responsibility for Shell’s worldwide arctic well operations and fills an interface role between Shell’s global wells organization and regulatory bodies around the world.
Dr. Leon Robinson
Dr. Leon Robinson was recognized for his service as chairman of the IADC Technical Publications Committee. His work as a founding member of the committee stretches over 3 decades.
Mr Robinson spent 39 years in research with Humble Production Research, which later became Exxon Production Research. While there, he had the opportunity to make contributions in many areas of technology, including mud cleaners, explosive drilling, drilling data telemetry and subsurface rock mechanics, among others. During his career, he was awarded 34 US patents and 24 international patents. He retired in 1992, and began a second career as a lecturer and instructor with PetroSkills. He has received numerous awards during his distinguished career including a designation as a SPE Drilling Legend in 2008, the SPE Annual Drilling Engineering Award in 1985, and was an inductee of the AADE Hall of Fame in 2006, among many others. Mr Robinson has a BS, MS and PhD in Engineering Physics and served in the US Army from 1944 through 1946.
IADC is dedicated to enhancing the interests of oil-and-gas and geothermal drilling contractors worldwide. IADC’s contract-drilling members own most of the world’s land and offshore drilling units and drill the vast majority of the wells that produce the planet’s oil and gas. IADC’s membership also includes oil-and-gas producers, and manufacturers and suppliers of oilfield equipment and services. Founded in 1940, IADC’s mission is to improve industry health, safety and environmental practices; advance drilling and completion technology; and champion responsible standards, practices, legislation and regulations that provide for safe, efficient and environmentally sound drilling operations worldwide. IADC holds Accredited Observer status at the International Maritime Organization and the International Seabed Authority, specialized agencies of the United Nations. The Association is a leader in developing standards for industry training, notably its Well Control Accreditation Program (WellCAP)® and rig-floor orientation program, RIG PASS®. IADC is headquartered in Houston and has offices in Washington D.C., the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as chapters in the UK, Venezuela, Brazil, Australasia, South Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and across the United States. For more information, visit the IADC website at www.iadc.org.