VPD Access – “Leadership for the Upturn: Are Your People Ready?”

Air Date: 19 October 2016 @ 10:00 CDT.

Sponsored by The REACH Group



The drilling industry has historically been a rough and ready business. People often are promoted due to mechanic skills but without the essential leadership skills needed for organizational success.

When the market returns, it will remain extremely competitive. Today, contractors are expected to manage their business effectively with leaders who know how to deliver safe and efficient operations. Leaders will need to make the right decisions the first time as there will be little patience for error.

Don’t let a good downturn go to waste! This virtual panel discussion will explore key tools to effectively develop tomorrow’s leaders, based on real-world examples in our industry.

Listen to two highly respected drilling CEOs discuss these issues with an expert in leadership development.

This video panel discussion is hosted by Drilling Contractor and sponsored by The REACH Group.


  • Thomas Burke, CEO, Rowan Companies
  • Christian Beckett, CEO, Pacific Drilling
  • Dave Massey, President, The REACH Group
  • Mike Killalea, Group VP/Publisher, IADC (moderator)

About The Panel:

Thomas Burke
Thomas Burke

Thomas Burke

Thomas Burke, Chairman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, was appointed Chief Executive Officer and elected a director of Rowan Companies in April 2014. He served as Chief Operating Officer beginning in July 2011 and was appointed President in March 2013. Dr Burke first joined the company in December 2009, serving as Chief Executive Officer and President of LeTourneau Technologies until the sale of LeTourneau in June 2011. From 2006 to 2009, Dr Burke was a Division President at Complete Production Services, an oilfield services company, and from 2004 to 2006, served as its Vice President for Corporate Development. Prior to that, he worked at McKinsey & Company and Schlumberger.

Dr Burke received a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College, the University of Oxford, a Bachelors in Engineering with honors from the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was awarded a Baker Scholarship.

Christopher Beckett
Christian Beckett

Christian Beckett

Chris Beckett has served as chief executive officer of Pacific Drilling since April 2008 and as a member of the board of directors since March 2011. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry.

Prior to joining Pacific Drilling, Mr Beckett led the strategic business development and planning group at Transocean Ltd. from 2004 to 2008. From 2001 to 2004, he served at McKinsey & Company, Inc., where he provided strategic and operating advice to global energy companies and governments. And from 1990 to 2001, he worked for Schlumberger Limited in a series of international management roles with increasing responsibilities. Mr Beckett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exploration geophysics from University College London and an MBA from Rice University.

Dave Massey
Dave Massey

Dave Massey

Dave Massey founded REACH in 2000 with the idea of creating an organization which not only provides services for the betterment of client’s but also creates an environment in which all employees look forward to seeing each other for collaborative purposes. Mr Massey continues to instill these values in the REACH Culture today. Since founding REACH, he has led the company to operate in over 42 countries, and prides himself on the diverse culture of employees that has been created through working globally. Mr Massey is an industry leader with his knowledge of Performance, Safety and Leadership Implementations and has himself facilitated over 100 DWOP, CWOP, TWOP and Leadership Development workshops in 14 countries. He has had numerous speaking engagements which include the University of Oklahoma School of Petroleum Engineering, Association of American Drilling Engineers, American Society of Quality and most recently in Lisbon, at the GALP Open Petroleum Day. Under his leadership, REACH implemented an extensive internal Leadership Development program, an internal quality audit system, a Client Satisfaction system and became ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Prior to founding, REACH Mr Massey worked as a Performance Improvement Coach in the offshore drilling industry. Mr Massey has roots as a self-starter, beginning with his first company, Aloe Vera de Costa Rica, where he was the Vice President. He expanded farm operations by 300%, improving the plant efficiency by 167% in the first year. Mr Massey started his career at Continental Pipeline (Conoco) as an Administrative Analyst in Billings, Montana.

Mr Massey earned his Bachelors of Business Administrations from the University of Oklahoma, before returning in 1996 to complete his MBA with honors. Currently, Mr Massey is a member of IADC and NOIA.

Please note that the slides in this video are the property of and bear the copyright of the speakers and their companies. Please do not use any portion of these slides for commercial purposes.

Who should attend:

  • HR professionals
  • Training professionals
  • Drilling managers & supervisors
  • Executive/Senior leadership

The webcast aired at 10.00 CDT on 19 October, 2016.

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