Board of Directors



R.A. (Rich) Pattarozzi 

Chairman, Tidewater Inc.

Former Vice President, Shell Oil Co. 


Effective January 1, 2014, Mr. Pattarozzi was elected by Tidewater's Board of Directors to serve as its first independent Chairman.  He served as Tidewater's Lead Director from 2008 through 2013.  Mr. Pattarozzi is the former Vice President of Shell Oil Company E&P and President and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Deepwater Development, Inc. and Shell Deepwater Production, Inc. His additional directorships have included Global Industries, Inc., Stone Energy, Inc., Transocean, Inc., Superior Energy Services, Inc. and FMC Technologies, Inc. Mr. Pattarozzi has been a member of Tidewater’s Board since 2001.






M. Jay Allison

President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Comstock Resources, Inc.


Mr. Allison earned his B.B.A., M.S. and J.D. degrees from Baylor University in 1978, 1980 and 1981, respectively.


Mr. Allison is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board at Comstock Resources, Inc., an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties. Mr. Allison has been a director of Comstock since June 1987, and has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since 1988. Mr. Allison was elected Chairman of the Board at Comstock in 1997.


Mr. Allison has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bois d’Arc Energy, Inc., and currently serves on the Board of Regents for Baylor University and is on the Board of Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas.  He has been a member of Tidewater’s Board since 2006.






James C. Day

Retired Chairman and former CEO, Noble Corporation


Mr. James C. Day is the retired Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Noble Corporation, which was founded in Oklahoma in 1921 and is one of the world’s largest offshore drilling companies. Mr. Day joined Tidewater with thirty years of oil and gas experience.


Mr. Day began his career with Noble after graduating from Phillips University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Noble Drilling in 1983. In 1984 he became president and CEO, and was named Chairman in 1992.


Mr. Day serves on the Board of Directors of ONEOK, Inc. and EOG Resources, and also serves as Trustee of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Offshore Energy Center and the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he previously served on the Policy Committee and as Chairman of the General Membership Committee. Preceding his retirement, Mr. Day was a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Inc. (SPE), and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), serving as one of that organization’s Members of Council. He has also served as past Chairman of the National Ocean Industry Association (NOIA) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). Furthermore, Mr. Day is a past President of the Petroleum Club of Houston, past Trustee of Spindletop International and past Board Member of the National Safety Council, Global Industries, LTD, Noble Energy, Sarkeys Energy Center at the University of Oklahoma, the Houston YMCA as well as Boys & Girls Country and The Sam Houston Area Boy Scouts of America. On April 26, 2007, Mr. Day was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Oklahoma. He has been a member of Tidewater’s Board since 2007.






Richard du Moulin - Chairman of Compensation Committee

President, Intrepid Shipping LLC


After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1969, Mr. du Moulin served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1972. In 1974 he graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and began his career at OMI Corporation. During his 15 years with OMI, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He left OMI in 1989 to start his own company, Intrepid Shipping. That same year, he led a group of partners in a buyout of Marine Transport Lines (MTL), the oldest transportation company in America, after which Intrepid took on the name of MTL. The company later went public and became Marine Transport Corporation (MTC), where Mr. du Moulin served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. After the acquisition of several competitors, Mr. du Moulin and partners sold MTC to Crowley Maritime in 2000, paving the way for him to re-establish Intrepid Shipping in 2002.


Mr. du Moulin serves on the Boards of Directors of Teekay Tankers Ltd. and Globe Wireless, Inc. and has served on the Board of the American Bureau of Shipping. He has been awarded a number of commendations, including the U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, the Commodore Award from the Connecticut Maritime Association and the Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award (AOTOS) from United Seafarer’s Service. He also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Seaman’s Church Institute and serves as Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club, an ocean racing organization. Mr. du Moulin has been a member of Tidewater’s Board since 2003.






Morris E. Foster

Retired VP of ExxonMobil Corp. and President of ExxonMobil Production Company


Mr. Foster earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M in 1965 and joined Exxon after his graduation.

During Mr. Foster’s career with Exxon, he served in a number of production engineering and management roles in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom and Malaysia, prior to his appointment in 1995 as a Senior Vice President in charge of the upstream business of Exxon Company, USA.  In 1998, Mr. Foster was appointed President of Exxon Upstream Development Company, and following the merger of Exxon and Mobil in 1999, he was named to the position of President of ExxonMobil Development Company.  In 2004, Mr. Foster was named President of ExxonMobil Production Company, the division responsible for ExxonMobil’s upstream oil and gas exploration and production business, and a Vice President of ExxonMobil Corporation.

Morris E. Foster retired in 2008 as Vice President of ExxonMobil Corporation and President of ExxonMobil Production Company following more than 40 years of service with the ExxonMobil group.  Mr. Foster currently serves as Chairman of Stagecoach/Mill Creek Resort, a destination resort in Salado, Texas and as a member of the Board of Regents of Texas A&M University, and serves on the boards of Scott & White Medical Institute, First State Bank of Temple Texas and the University of Texas Investment Management Company.  Mr. Foster was inducted into Texas A&M University’s Academy of Distinguished Graduates in 1993.  Mr. Foster joined Tidewater Inc.’s Board in July 2010.






J. Wayne Leonard

Retired Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Entergy Corporation


Wayne Leonard graduated from Ball State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and earned his MBA in 1987 from Indiana University. He became Entergy’s chief executive officer on January 1, 1999, a position he held until his retirement in early 2013. He joined Entergy in April 1998 as president and chief operating officer of the domestic business, and assumed additional responsibility for international operations in August 1998.


Entergy received the electric industry’s highest honor, the Edison Award, in 2002 and 2005 from the Edison Electric Institute. The Platts Global Energy Awards honored Entergy as 2002 Global Power Company of the Year and 2003 Global Energy Company of the Year. Mr. Leonard was named a finalist for Global CEO of the Year several times and was honored as Global CEO of the Year for 2003. In recognition of its industry-leading financial achievement, Entergy was twice honored under Mr. Leonard’s leadership as the top performer in the Edison Electric Institute’s index of Shareholder-Owned Electric Utilities over the preceding five-year periods.


Mr. Leonard began his utility career at PSI Energy, where he served as the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1989 to 1994. After the 1994 merger that created Cinergy, he was named group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and served in that capacity until 1996. That same year, he was named President of Cinergy’s Energy Commodities Strategic Business Unit and president of Cinergy Capital and Trading.


Mr. Leonard currently serves on the Board of Directors of Edison Electric Institute and serves as a trustee of United Way of Greater New Orleans and the National D-Day Museum Foundation.  Mr. Leonard has been a member of Tidewater’s Board since 2003.






Richard D. Paterson - Chairman of Audit Committee 

Retired Certified Public Accountant, PriceWaterhouse LLP (PwC)

Richard D. Paterson is a certified public accountant who retired from PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), an international network of auditors, tax and business consultants, in 2011 after 37 years of service.  At the time of his retirement, Mr. Paterson served as the global leader of PwC's Consumer, Industrial Products and Services Practices comprising the automotive, consumer and retail, energy utilities and mining, industrial products, pharmaceutical and health industry sectors.  These practices comprised roughly half of PwC's global revenues.  Mr. Paterson also served as managing partner of PwC's Houston Office and U.S. Energy Practice.  As part of this role, Mr. Paterson oversaw the audits of ExxonMobil Corporation from 2002 to 2006.  Previous to this position, Mr. Paterson lived in Moscow, Russia where he led PwC's Energy Practice for Europe, Middle East and Asia and also managed the audit processes of OAO Gazprom.  Mr. Paterson joined PwC in 1974 and was admitted as a partner in 1987.


Since his retirement, Mr. Paterson continues to provide consulting services to PwC firms and Partners internationally.  He holds extensive knowledge of the energy industry and energy value chain and is a frequent speaker at the World Energy Congress and World Petroleum Congress.


Mr. Paterson is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves on the boards of Parker Drilling Company, Eclipse Resources Corporation and Saipem Canada Inc.  He is a past board member of Zaff GP LLC, the U.S./Russia Business Council and the U.S. Energy Association. Mr. Paterson joined Tidewater Inc.’s Board in November 2014.






Jeffrey M. Platt 

President, CEO and Director

Jeff graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1979 and completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 2006.


Following a 15-year career with Schlumberger Well Services and Rollins Environmental Services, Jeff joined Tidewater in 1996 as General Manager of Tidewater's business activities in Brazil.  In September 2001, he assumed responsibility for Tidewater's joint ventures and business in Mexico.  In November 2001, Jeff was promoted to Vice President, with responsibility for all of Tidewater's business activities in South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.  In March 2004, he was promoted to Senior Vice President with responsibility over operations in the Americas, along with the Middle East and India.  In July 2006, Jeff was promoted to Executive Vice President responsible for overseeing the day-to-day marine operations of the Company, both domestically and internationally and, in March 2010, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Tidewater.


On June 1, 2012, Jeff was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Tidewater.






Robert L. Potter

Retired President, FMC Technologies, Inc.


Mr. Robert L. Potter is the retired President of FMC Technologies, Inc., having held that position since August 2012.  Mr. Potter joined FMC in 1973 after his graduation from Rice University.  He served in a number of sales management and operations management roles prior to his appointment in 2001 as Vice President of Energy Processing.  He was appointed Senior Vice President of Energy Processing and Global Surface Wellhead in 2007 and Executive Vice President of Energy Systems in 2010.


Mr. Potter is a former chairman of the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors.  He is a member of the National Ocean Industries Association and the American Petroleum Institute, and also serves on the board of Spindletop Charities and is a member of the Council of Overseers for the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.  Mr. Potter joined Tidewater Inc.'s Board in December 2013.






Cindy B. Taylor - Chairperson of Finance and Investment Committee

President and CEO, Oil States International, Inc.


Mrs. Taylor earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant.<


Mrs. Taylor came to Tidewater with a distinguished and successful career in the oil and gas industry. Since May 2006, Mrs. Taylor has served as President and CEO of Oil States International, Inc., a diversified solutions provider for the oil and gas industry. From May 2000 through May 2006, Mrs. Taylor was a Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Oil States.


Mrs. Taylor previously held executive positions with a public drilling company and various management positions in public accounting. She serves on the Board of Directors of Oil States International, Inc. and AT&T and served on the Boards of Global Industries, Ltd. and Boots and Coots International Well Control, Inc.  Mrs. Taylor has been a member of Tidewater’s Board since 2008.






Jack Thompson - Chairman of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee



Following his graduation from the University of Arizona in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering, Mr. Thompson began his career at Newmont Services Ltd., working at one of the largest underground copper mines in the world. After ten years of service with Newmont in increasingly responsible jobs, he continued his career over the next 24 years at Homestake Mining Co., a $2.5 billion market capitalization gold mining company, where he served in a variety of executive capacities, ultimately becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, the Company became a more aggressive player in the industry. During his tenure at Homestake Mining Co., he was involved in a variety of acquisitions (four transactions totaling $3.5 billion), public offerings and financing activities. Mr. Thompson has served on a variety of public company boards in the United States, Canada and Australia, providing him a wide range of experience in both domestic and international markets. Mr. Thompson has been a member of Tidewater’s Board since 2005.





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