Tidewater

Corporate Officers

 

 

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.

 

Jeff lives in Mandeville, Louisiana, with his wife Sandra and their two sons.

 

 


  

 

  

Bruce D. Lundstrom

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

 

Bruce earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois in 1985, and in 1988 graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law. Bruce is a member of the State Bar of California, the Illinois CPA Society, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Texas General Counsel Forum.

 

Following a 10-year career in the energy industry where he had both domestic and international experience, Bruce joined Tidewater in September 2007 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. In August 2008 he was promoted to Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. He is responsible for the Legal and Insurance staffs of the company, and is Tidewater’s Chief Compliance Officer.

 

Bruce lives in Houston, Texas.

 

 


  

 

Quinn P. Fanning

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

Quinn earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1994.

 

Quinn joined Tidewater as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2008 following more than 20 years in the financial services industry. Most recently, Quinn was a Managing Director with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., which he joined in 1996. In his 12-year investment banking career, he primarily focused on the energy industry, particularly the oilfield services and midstream/pipeline sectors. Quinn’s responsibilities at Citigroup included providing client coverage and leading the execution of a wide variety of M&A, strategic advisory and capital markets transactions for clients across all sectors of the global energy complex.  He is a Director of Floatel International Ltd.

 

Quinn lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Laura, and their four sons.

 

 


  

 

Joseph M. Bennett

Executive Vice President and Chief Investor Relations Officer

 

Joe graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in December 1977 and completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 2006. He worked for KPMG from January 1978 through March 1990, attaining the level of Audit Senior Manager, working primarily with several large SEC oil and gas clients.

 

Joe joined Tidewater in March 1990 as Corporate Controller and was promoted to Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer in August 2001. In April 2005 he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Investor Relations Officer, while maintaining his role as Principal Accounting Officer. In June 2008 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Investor Relations Officer, and is responsible for coordinating communications with shareholders and the investment community.

 

Joe is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. He lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Claire, and has four children.

 

 


  

 

Jeff A. Gorski

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

 

Jeff graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering in 1982, and he currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Science and Engineering.  Jeff also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 2013.

 

Jeff joined Tidewater in January 2012 as a Senior Vice President, responsible for the company’s operations in the United States and its engineering and technical services group. He brings to Tidewater over 25 years of domestic and international experience within the oil and gas industry, primarily with Schlumberger.  Jeff held a variety of positions within Schlumberger, including, most recently, Vice President of Global Accounts.  He also served, prior to his last position, as Vice President, Southeast Basin – USA and Vice President of Industry Affairs – North America, with additional prior positions including responsibilities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Melbourne, Australia.

 

On June 1, 2012, Jeff was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Tidewater responsible for worldwide operations.

 

Jeff is an active member of various industry professional societies and trade associations and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the KidLinks Foundation and Palmer Drug Abuse Program.  He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Mary, and their two children.

 

 


  

 

Gerard P. Kehoe

Senior Vice President

Tidewater Corporate Services, L.L.C.

 

Mr. Kehoe received his National Certificate in Civil Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin, Ireland in 1978, and completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program in 2005. He joined Tidewater in July 1999 as Area Manager for Venezuela following a 19 year career with Schlumberger (NYSE:  SLB), where he held several technical and management positions in UK, Brazil, Egypt, Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela. In September 2001 he was appointed Area Manager for Tidewater in Brazil, and, in December 2002 he was promoted to Latin America Regional Manager. In May 2005 he was promoted to Vice President and in June 2008 to Senior Vice President, while he continued his supervision of operations for Latin America.  In May 2012, Mr. Kehoe relocated from Houston to New Delhi where he took over responsibility for Tidewater's operations in the MENA Region, which includes Middle East, India, North Africa and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean.  In March 2013, Mr. Kehoe relocated to Dubai from New Delhi, where he currently resides with his wife Selma.  He continues to have responsibility for Tidewater's operations in the MENA Region.

 

 


  

 

Latif Benhaddad

Vice President - Engineering

Tidewater Corporate Services, L.L.C.

 

Latif earned his master’s degree in Science – Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Marseille, France, and is trilingual in Arabic, French and English. 

 

Latif joined Tidewater in October 2014 with more than 24 years of domestic and international experience within the oil and gas industry.  During this time, he has held a number of technical, subsea engineering and leadership positions, including most recently, Vice President of Marine New Assets, Subsea Division with Technip, located in Paris.  Prior to this role, he served as Senior Project Manager – Deepwater Infrastructure/pipeline projects with Allseas and other project engineering roles at Saipem, Coflexip Stena and Bureau Veritas.

 

Latif lives in Houston, Texas, with his family and is based in Tidewater’s Houston office. 

 

 


  

 

William R. Brown IV

Vice President

Tidewater Corporate Services, L.L.C.

 

Billy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil/Structural Engineering in 1975 from Louisiana Tech University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Louisiana.

 

Following a 28-year career in marine construction in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Gulf of Suez, Arabian Gulf and India, Billy joined Tidewater in July 2003 as Vice President-Engineering and Technical Services for Tidewater Marine, L.L.C. He was promoted to Vice President of Tidewater Inc. in April 2005 and is responsible for the overall management of the engineering and technical services group, which performs the engineering and project management activities for major modifications to the Company’s worldwide fleet, as well as management of the new vessel construction program.

 

Billy lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Fran, and they have four daughters and one son. 

 

 


  

 

Kevin Carr

Vice President, Taxation

 

Kevin graduated in December 1982 from Loyola University in New Orleans with a BBA degree in Accounting. He joined Tidewater in 1992 as the Director of Corporate Taxation after working in public accounting, serving as a Senior Manager with KPMG specializing in corporate taxation during his last four years. Kevin has oversight responsibility for all domestic and worldwide tax planning, monitoring, compliance and reporting.

 

Kevin lives in the New Orleans area with his five children.

 

 


  

 

Craig J. Demarest

Vice President, Principal Accounting Officer and Controller

 

Craig graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in May 1987. He worked for KPMG for 17 years and served as an audit partner in the firm’s New Orleans office. As audit partner, Craig was responsible for the audits of a wide variety of clients, both publicly held and privately owned, primarily in the energy service, marine transportation and outdoor advertising industries.

 

Craig joined Tidewater in May 2004 as Corporate Controller and was appointed an Officer in April 2005 and Vice President in June 2007. In June 2008 he was promoted to Vice President, Principal Accounting Officer and Controller, and has oversight responsibility for all accounting activities as well as the timely reporting of financial information to the Securities and Exchange Commission, shareholders and lending institutions.

 

Craig is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. Craig lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children.

 

 


  

 

Mark Handin

Vice President 

Tidewater Corporate Services, L.L.C.

 

Mark is a 1991 graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in Economics, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.  Mark also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 2013.  He joined Tidewater in 1996 as a Commercial Representative in the Company's Southeast Asian Operations, based in Singapore.  Mark then held subsequent management positions in the Company's Mexico and Brazil operations, before being promoted in 2001 to Area Manager in charge of Company operations in Trinidad.  Thereafter, he held similar Area Manager positions in Venezuela, Brazil, and Southeast Asia.  In 2009, he was promoted to the position of Regional Manager for Tidewater's business activities in Europe and Africa, and in 2011, he was promoted to Vice President - Operations, with continued supervisory responsibilities over Company operations in the Europe and Africa region. 

 

Mark is also formerly a licensed Master of commercial passenger vessels.  He is currently based in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he lives with his wife, Krista, and their three children.

 

 


  

 

Matthew Mancheski

Vice President - Americas

Tidewater Corporate Services, L.L.C.


Matt is a 1997 graduate of the University of New Orleans with a degree in Finance, and received his MBA from Tulane University in 2008.  Following an 11-year career in healthcare finance, Matt joined Tidewater as Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis in April 2008.  In March 2010, Matt was promoted to Vice President – Chief Information Officer and Chief Strategic Planning Officer responsible for overseeing information technology, software applications and all strategic planning initiatives for Tidewater.  In August 2011, Matt assumed responsibility for Tidewater's U.S.-based operations, and in June 2012 was transferred to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to oversee Tidewater's operations throughout the Americas.


Matt is a Certified Public Accountant and lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with his wife, Kathleen, and their two daughters.

 

 


  

 

Debbie WillinghamDebbie Willingham

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Tidewater Corporate Services, L.L.C.

 

Debbie is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Finance, and joined Tidewater in March 2010 with over twenty-five years of progressive human resources experience.

 

Prior to joining Tidewater, Debbie served as Vice President of Human Resources for BMC Software responsible for global human resources, and she held the position of Vice President of Human Resources for Hewlett Packard responsible for the Americas region managing the Personal Computing Group and the global IT group.  In addition, Debbie has held the position of Vice President of Human Resources with Compaq, which merged with HP and Human Resources Operations Manager for Motorola in Austin, Texas.

 

Debbie lives in Houston, Texas, and has two children.

 

 


  

 

Darren Vorst

Vice President and Treasurer

Tidewater Corporate Services, L.L.C.

 

Darren earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 1987, and worked for six years at Price Waterhouse in Houston, including his final role as Audit Manager.  He joined Tidewater as Treasurer in January 2009, following 14 years in various senior financial positions with offshore drillers Transocean (1993 to 2002) and TODCO (2003 to 2007).  His many roles at Transocean included regional finance manager of the shallow water division, corporate senior strategic planning analyst, director of budgeting and forecast, Middle East region controller and manager of internal audit.  At TODCO, Darren served as Controller until July 2003, when he assumed the role of Treasurer.  At Tidewater, he has responsibility for all treasury and banking functions.

 

Darren lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Becky, and their four children.

 

 


Tidewater has relocated its New Orleans, LA office effective June 17, 2013 to :
601 Poydras Street
Suite 1500
New Orleans, LA 70130