NOIA Elects Paul Danos of Danos as Chair, Starlee Sykes of bp America as Vice Chair

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 22, 2022NOIA Contact:  Justin Williams, (202) 465-8464 |

NOIA Elects Paul Danos of Danos as Chair, Starlee Sykes of bp America as Vice Chair

Washington, D.C. – The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected Paul Danos, Owner and CEO of Danos, as the NOIA Chair and Starlee Sykes, Senior Vice President for the Gulf of Mexico and Canada for bp America, Inc., as the NOIA Vice Chair for the 2022-23 term. Danos and Sykes were confirmed in their positions during the NOIA Board of Directors meeting this afternoon.

NOIA President Erik Milito said, “Paul and Starlee, and the work they are spearheading with Danos and bp America, are a testament to the importance of the American offshore industry and the myriad of ways we lift society. Whether our members are helping to produce lower carbon barrels in the Gulf of Mexico, building the rising American offshore wind sector, or scaling and deploying emerging energy segments like offshore carbon capture and storage, our members are at the vanguard of bettering the world. The world needs energy, jobs and growth in a way that drives innovation and emissions reductions efforts, and the American offshore can deliver. Paul and Starlee’s leadership will help NOIA continue to successfully advocate for the promise of American offshore energy.”

NOIA Chair Paul Danos said, “NOIA plays a critical role in advancing the offshore energy industry. Our NOIA member companies provide quality jobs for Americans as well as affordable, sustainably-produced energy for our country. I look forward to working with the NOIA team and with Starlee to continue to provide innovative solutions that can strengthen America’s energy security."

NOIA Vice Chair Starlee Sykes said, "I’m excited to continue the important work we are doing at NOIA in this new role. At bp, our Gulf of Mexico business is a critical source of US energy security, provides jobs and investment in the Gulf coast region and will be a key driver of our transformation and ambition to reach net zero by 2050 or sooner. I look forward to forging new paths for NOIA and the energy industry along with Paul Danos of Danos LLC.”


About Paul DanosPaul Danos is a third-generation owner, CEO and president of Danos LLC. He ensures the organization is living its purpose and values which are the core of Danos. He leads the vision and strategy development and provides guidance to company executives who lead the operational execution. Paul joined Danos in 2005 as project manager of the offshore construction and fabrication division and later served as vice president of U.S. operations and executive vice president. Prior to Danos, Paul worked at Stonehenge Capital, Arthur Andersen and Plains All American Pipeline.

About Starlee SykesStarlee Sykes is bp’s senior vice president - Gulf of Mexico and Canada, one of the world’s largest deep-water businesses. She has over 24 years’ energy sector leadership experience. Starlee led the creation of the first global subsea solutions business and is an advocate of standardized industry solutions and improving partner collaboration. She has consistently headed diverse international teams, solving complex operational and project development challenges. Starlee takes an active role on industry boards, serving in leadership positions for bp, NOIA, API, Greater Houston Partnership, Spindletop Community Impact Partners and Texas A&M.


About DanosFounded in 1947, Danos is a family-owned and managed oilfield service provider. A trusted industry partner, Danos offers the most responsive end-to-end integrated service solutions – safe, on time and on budget. Danos achieves world-class safety results and customer loyalty due to a values-based approach and an unyielding commitment to employee engagement and training. For more information visit

About bpbp’s ambition is to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero. bp is America’s largest energy investor since 2005, investing more than $130 billion in the economy and supporting about 230,000 jobs. For more information on bp in the US, visit

About NOIAThe National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) represents and advances a dynamic and growing offshore energy industry, providing solutions that support communities and protect our workers, the public and our environment. For more information visit

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