Tidewater Inc. announced yesterday the appointment of John T. Rynd as the New Orleans-based company's new president and CEO and board member effective March 5. He will replace Larry T. Rigdon who has served as interim president and CEO since October 2017.

Tom Bates, chairman of the board of directors, said, "After completing a comprehensive search, the board is very pleased to welcome John to the team. He brings with him considerable experience in the offshore drilling services sector and the global oil and gas industry as a whole. John's experience, leadership and vision will be tremendous assets to Tidewater as we work to continue to strengthen the company's position in this challenging market."

Rynd previously served as CEO and president, and as a director of Hercules Offshore from 2008 through 2016. Prior to his time with Hercules, Rynd spent 11 years with Noble Drilling Services Inc., where he served in a variety of management roles. Earlier in his career, he served in various roles with Chiles Offshore and Rowan Companies.

Rynd served as chairman of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) from 2014-15 and he serves on the board of directors of Fieldwood Holdings LLC. He was on the board of Hornbeck Offshore Inc. from 2011 to February 2018.

Rynd said, "I'm honored and excited to be joining the Tidewater team. The company has a strong foundation with its talented people, a long history of providing safe and reliable services to our customers worldwide and one of the strongest balance sheets in the offshore industry. I look forward to working with the Tidewater team to leverage these strengths to build value for our employees, customers and shareholders, as the market improves in the years ahead."

"On behalf of all Tidewater stakeholders, I would like to thank Larry for his leadership of the business during this interim period, implementing significant progress towards achieving the company's near term objective of reaching breakeven cash flow. I look forward to his continued service on the Tidewater board," said Bates.

Tidewater owns and operates one of the largest fleets of offshore support vessels in the industry, with over 60 years of experience supporting offshore energy exploration and production activities worldwide.

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.