Houston-based OSV owner Tidewater has named Quintin V Kneen as its president, chief executive officer and director, effective immediately, following the retirement of John T Rynd
Mr Rynd had held the post of president, CEO and director at Tidewater since 5 March 2018. He was previously president and CEO of Hercules Offshore, a position he held for more than eight years. Mr Rynd’s appointment came after a four-month search to replace former CEO Jeff Platt, who stepped down and retired in October 2017. Larry T Rigdon served as Tidewater’s interim president and CEO before Mr Rynd’s appointment.
Mr Kneen has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Tidewater since Tidewater’s merger with GulfMark Offshore in November 2018.
Prior to that he was president, CEO and a director at GulfMark.
Mr Kneen will also continue to serve as Tidewater’s CFO until a successor is appointed.
Tidewater chairman Thomas R Bates, Jr, said, “We appreciate John’s many contributions during his tenure with Tidewater. He oversaw a successful merger with GulfMark that has positioned Tidewater to be the leader in the offshore service vessel industry while maintaining its unmatched financial strength and stability. We wish John all the best in his future plans.”
Mr Bates continued, “Quintin is well qualified to lead Tidewater, having led GulfMark through both a successful reorganisation and its combination with Tidewater.”