IADC Contractor of the Year, Exemplary Service Awards Recognize Industry Excellence

Houston (13 November 2017) – The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) presented its Contractor of the Year Award to Dr. Tom Burke, President and CEO of Rowan Companies, during last week’s IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas.

The award is presented annually to recognize an individual drilling contractor’s outstanding lifetime achievements in technical innovation, safety and economic efficiency within the drilling industry. Sponsored by National Oilwell Varco, the award is the only one in the industry reserved solely for drilling contractors.

In his acceptance remarks, Dr. Burke noted, “It’s been an absolute delight to be involved with IADC. What’s special about our industry is that it’s highly competitive – being competitive is important, it makes us all better and change with the times – but it’s also a collaborative industry.”

In addition, IADC also presented industry veterans Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija, and Andy Poosuthasee with Exemplary Service Awards. The award is in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the industry and to IADC. Recipients of the Exemplary Service Award have, through the course of their career, demonstrated their commitment to improving the drilling industry and advancing its safety, training or technology.

Dan Scott retired from Baker Hughes, a GE Company as Senior Technical Advisor. He holds 140 U.S. patents and is recognized as one of the most prolific inventors in the history of Baker Hughes. Jorge Lebrija is Director of Supply Chain, Global Sourcing for Ensco, and is currently co-chair of the IADC Supply Chain Committee. Andy Poosuthasee is the Director of Supply Chain for Vantage Drilling and is currently co-chair of the IADC Supply Chain Committee.


Since 1940, the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has exclusively represented the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry. IADC’s mission is to catalyze improved performance for the drilling industry by enhancing operational integrity and championing better regulation to facilitate safer, cleaner and more efficient drilling operations worldwide. For more information, visit the IADC website at www.iadc.org.