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Platt retires and Rigdon steps in as interim CEO at Tidewater

Tue 17 Oct 2017 by David Foxwell

Platt retires and Rigdon steps in as interim CEO at Tidewater
Jeff Platt has retired from his role at Tidewater after guiding the company through the Chapter 11 process

Tidewater has confirmed that Jeff Platt has retired as chief executive officer, president and as a director of the company and that the board of directors has appointed Larry Rigdon as its interim chief executive and president.

“Having successfully completed the financial restructuring of Tidewater at the end of July, which positioned the company to weather current industry conditions and achieve success in the future, the board and I have agreed that the time is appropriate to transition the leadership of the company,” said Mr Platt. “It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the hardworking employees of this company and to have been a part of Tidewater over the last 21 years. I wish the organisation nothing but great success.”

“On behalf of the board and the entire company, I want to thank Jeff for his service and contributions, especially during the recent reorganisation. I wish him the very best in his retirement and any future endeavours,” said Thomas R Bates Jr, Tidewater’s board chairman. The board has formed a search committee to identify a permanent chief executive and president.

Mr Bates concluded “The board and management are excited about Tidewater's future, but there are still challenges that confront the company and all offshore supply vessel companies that must be addressed while we wait for the overall recovery in the offshore energy industry. Balancing revenues with operating costs to reach cash flow breakeven is one of the most important of these challenges. I am pleased that Larry will be able to bring his vast operating history to Tidewater to lead us in the continuing evolution of the company.”

Mr Rigdon, who was appointed to serve on the board following the financial restructuring, is a seasoned executive in the industry. He has prior experience as an executive at Tidewater, leaving as executive vice president in 2002 after joining the company in 1992 with the merger with Zapata Gulf Marine Corporation.

Following his retirement from Tidewater in 2002, Mr Rigdon founded and grew Rigdon Marine Corporation to 28 offshore service vessels and sold the company in June 2008. He currently serves as a director of Professional Rental Tools LLC. In light of Mr Rigdon’s interim dual role as chief executive and president, he has stepped down from the audit committee and the board has appointed Steven Newman as his replacement.

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