NOIA Elects Chairman Cindy B. Taylor and Vice Chairman Kevin McEvoy


For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 16, 2015 Contact:  Nicolette Nye, (202) 465-8463 or (703) 732-0801,

NOIA Elects Chairman Cindy B. Taylor and Vice Chairman Kevin McEvoyCindy-Taylor

Washington, D.C. - The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected Cindy B. Taylor as Chairman and Kevin McEvoy as Vice Chairman for the upcoming 2015-2016 term. Taylor and McEvoy assumed their positions at the NOIA Annual Meeting today in Washington, DC.

Since 2007, Cindy has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oil States International, Inc., a publicly traded diversified oilfield services company headquartered in Houston.  She also serves on the company’s board of directors, and has been NOIA’s Vice Chair for the 2014 -2015 term.

“The oil and natural gas industry is tough and resilient.  Since I first joined NOIA, we have faced many challenges including commodity price volatility, global recessions, the Macondo well blowout, a federal moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, new regulatory standards and now the collapse of oil prices yet again,” said Taylor.  “While we face market challenges, I look forward to this opportunity to work with other NOIA members to encourage consistent, transparent and productive federal policies allowing continued development of all energy sources in all areas of the OCS.  I welcome Kevin and his perspectives to the NOIA leadership team.”

McEvoy has been Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneering International, Inc., since 2011.  He also serves on the company’s board of directors. Based in Houston, Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications.

McEvoy said, “I am honored to continue serving NOIA in this new capacity and look forward to supporting Cindy, Randall, and the NOIA membership in pursuit of coherent policy and reasonable regulation of offshore oil and gas exploration and development.”

NOIA President Randall Luthi said, “NOIA works to secure a fair and reliable regulatory environment offshore and to increase access to the energy resources of the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf. This is vitally important work with the potential to create more well-paying jobs, generate critical revenue for the government, and secure our domestic energy supplies for the long-term. With the stakes so high, I can think of no better leadership team for NOIA than Cindy Taylor and Kevin McEvoy.  Their combined experience, knowledge of the industry and ability to advocate before key policymakers, will leverage our reach and impact as an association. We look forward to the coming year.”

Taylor has served at Oil States since 2000, first as Senior VP, CFO and Treasurer, then President and COO, followed by her CEO appointment in 2007.  Prior to Oil States, she was CFO of L.E. Simmons & Associates, a private equity firm specializing in oilfield service investments, the VP Controller of Cliffs Drilling Company, and she held various positions with Ernst & Young LLP. She holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

McEvoy has been with Oceaneering for 36 years, serving as CEO since May 2011. During his tenure at Oceaneering, he has held a variety of progressively more responsible domestic and international positions in marketing, administration, and operations, including President, COO, Executive VP, Senior VP and VP. He started his offshore career as an officer in the U.S. Navy working in the areas of diving, salvage, and submarine rescue. He has undergraduate degrees in Biology and Geology from Brown University and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Luthi also thanked outgoing Chairman John Rynd, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hercules Offshore, Inc.  Under his watch, NOIA continued to expand its membership and released important economic studies identifying the benefits of opening up the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific to oil and natural gas development.  He represented NOIA at various conferences and provided a clear, reliable voice.  His consistent, stable leadership was vital in a year that was neither.  Rynd will remain active on the NOIA Board of Directors.

About Oil States International, Inc.: Oil States International, Inc. is a an energy services company with a leading market position as a manufacturer of products for deepwater production facilities and certain drilling equipment as well as a provider of completion services and land drilling services to the oil and gas industry. Oil States is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol OIS. Learn more at

About Oceaneering International, Inc.: Founded in 1964, Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense, entertainment, and aerospace industries. Oceaneering’s business offerings include remotely operated vehicles, specialty subsea hardware, deepwater intervention and manned diving services, non-destructive testing and inspection, and engineering and project management. Learn more at

About NOIA: NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf.  NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises about 325 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy.  Learn more at



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