Houston headquartered offshore services provider Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) reports that its board of directors has appointed Quintin V. Kneen as President, Chief Executive Officer, and director, effective immediately. John T. Rynd is retiring as President, Chief Executive Officer, and director of Tidewater.
Kneen has served as Tidewater’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since its November 2018 business combination with GulfMark Offshore, Inc., where he had been President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of GulfMark prior to the business combination.
Kneen joined GulfMark in June 2008 as the Vice President – Finance and was named Senior Vice President – Finance and Administration in December 2008. He was subsequently appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in June 2009 where he worked until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he was Vice President-Finance & Investor Relations for Grant Prideco, Inc., serving in executive finance positions at Grant Prideco since June 2003. Prior to joining Grant Prideco, Kneen held executive finance positions at Azurix Corp. and was an Audit Manager with the Houston office of Price Waterhouse LLP. He holds an M.B.A. from Rice University and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University, and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Tidewater’s Chairman of the Board, Thomas R. Bates, Jr., commented, “We appreciate John’s many contributions during his tenure with Tidewater. He oversaw a successful merger with GulfMark that has positioned Tidewater to be the leader in the offshore service vessel industry while maintaining its unmatched financial strength and stability. We wish John all the best in his future plans.”
Bates continued, “Quintin is well qualified to lead Tidewater, having led GulfMark through both a successful reorganization and its combination with Tidewater. Following our combination, in his role as CFO, he has been focused on the financial integration of the two organizations and achieving the cost and operational synergies of that combination. The Board is confident that Quintin will do an excellent job as Tidewater continues to navigate its way through an industry still seeking a fulsome recovery.”
Kneen remarked, “I am proud to assume the leadership of this great company. Last year’s business combination created opportunities to realize synergies and strategic advantages. We will maximize the impact of these attributes and pursue additional opportunities to enhance our strategic position and capitalize on our large scale of operations. I am committed to continuing our outstanding safety record, maintaining our operational excellence and creating a business that is capital disciplined and dedicated to maximizing cash flow regardless of industry conditions. Tidewater’s scale of operations and its strong balance sheet place it in an excellent position to achieve these objectives and to deliver superior returns to our stockholders.”