W. Matt Ralls

Former President, CEO and Director, Rowan Companies, Inc.
UT B.S. ME '71, MBA '73

Mr. W. Matt Ralls  formerly served as the Executive Chairman of Rowan Companies plc (also known as Rowan Companies, Inc.). Mr. Ralls served as the Chief Executive Officer of Rowan Companies plc from January 1, 2009 to April 25, 2014 and its President from January 1, 2009 to March 7, 2013. He has an extensive leadership and financial management experience in the oil and gas drilling and production industry. He has held various other management and financial roles with other oil drilling and production companies. Mr. Ralls served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Globalsantafe Corporation from June 7, 2005 to November 2007 and as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from November 20, 2001 to June 2005. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Ralls served as Vice President of Global Marine Inc., its Treasurer from 1997 to November 2001, Senior Vice President from January 1999 to June 2005 and Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to June 2005. Previously, he served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kelley Oil and Gas Corporation from 1990 to 1996 and as a Vice President of Capital Markets and Corporate Development for The Meridian Resource Corporation before joining Global Marine. He spent the first 17 years of his career in commercial banking, mostly at the senior management level, with three large Texas banks, including NationsBank in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Ralls is a Director of Enterprise GTM Holdings L.P. since May 6, 2003. He has been a Director for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation since 2011. He has been Independent Director of Complete Production Services Inc. since December 2, 2005; Superior Energy Services, Inc. since February 2012 and Rowan Companies plc since January 1, 2009. He serves as a Director at Rowan Companies plc since 2009. He served as a Director at EPE Holdings, LLC, a General Partner of Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. from February 2006 to March 16, 2007. Mr. Ralls served as a Director of Enterprise Products GP LLC at Enterprise Products Operating LLC from September 2004 to February 2006. He served as a Director of Kelley Oil and Gas Corporation from 1990 to 1996. He served as a Director of El Paso Pipeline GP Company, L.L.C., General Partner of El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. since January 2008. He serves as a Director of the American Petroleum Institute. Mr. Ralls holds bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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