With 36 years of experience throughout the oilfield services sector, Mr. Richards currently serves as President and CEO of GR Energy Services. Previously, he was President and CEO of Global Oilfield Services, a Pine Brook portfolio company that was sold to Halliburton in November 2011. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Vetco International Ltd., a private equity–backed company that was sold to General Electric in 2006.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Richards spent 25 years in a number of senior operational and sales and marketing positions at Schlumberger, including Vice President of Well Completions, Testing and Lift Systems for North and South America; Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Well Completions and Productivity; Vice President and General Manager of U.S. land operations; and Director of Personnel for North America wireline and testing operations.
Mr. Richards currently serves as Chairman of the Board of DNOW, the NOV spin-out of the distribution business, along with being a member of the West Virginia University Engineering Advisory Board and a director of the West Virginia University Foundation Board. He is a director of the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and has held executive leadership roles with Spindletop International.
Mr. Richards holds a B.S. in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University.