Atwood names new CEO

Houston-based drilling contractor Atwood Oceanics has named Robert J. “Rob” Saltiel as President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing John R. Irwin, the current president and CEO. Irwin will retires from those posts at the end of day today but may continue as an employee until July 31, 2010 ” to provide for an appropriate transition” the company said.
Saltiel has over twenty years of experience in the energy industry, including general management, operations, commercial and strategic planning experience with Exxon Mobil, Nabors Industries, McKinsey & Co. and Transocean. Most recently he was EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Transocean.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Irwin joined Atwood in 1979 and was appointed President and CEO in 1993.