Paul Butler

Paul Butler
President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul Butler joined Spartan Offshore in January 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he served as president of Houma Industries, a large offshore oilfield fabrication and construction contractor. Prior to working at Houma Industries, Butler served as division CEO for Pool Energy Services', Pool Offshore Division, which operated a fleet of 22 offshore jack-up and platform rigs. He has considerable domestic, which includes North Slope and Cook Inlet, Alaska, and international rig design, construction and operating experience, the majority of which is in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Butler holds a bachelor of science degree in marine engineering and naval architecture from Mississippi State University, and a master of business administration from Tulane University.

Chris Hellyer
Chief Financial Officer

Chris Hellyer joined Spartan Offshore as Chief Financial Officer in August 2014. He previously worked at Baker Hughes where he provided financial leadership to its process and pipeline services, reservoir consulting and software, chemicals and drilling services product lines. While at Baker, Chris was involved in several merger and acquisition transactions and specialized in supporting international operations. Chris also has prior experience with Arthur Andersen and Pool Energy Services. He holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a licensed certified public accountant.

Paul Kessler

Paul Kessler
Vice President, Marketing & Sales

Paul Kessler joined Spartan Offshore in 2007 as vice president of Houston sales. He comes with over 25 years of oilfield sales experience, most recently working in offshore rig marketing for TODCO/Hercules.

Paul Kessler

Terry Parker
Vice President, Operations Support

Terry Parker joined Spartan Offshore in 2007 as director of materials and regulatory affairs. Prior, he was the national purchasing manager at Aggreko North America, a large multinational utility rental corporation responsible for supplying temporary utilities to such high profile projects as the 2002 Winter Olympics and more than 20 NFL Super Bowl Games. Parker was also the director of materials and regulatory affairs at Pool Offshore and Baker Marine. While at Baker, he was responsible for materials management and international logistics during the construction of some 74 jack-up rigs worldwide. Parker has studied at Virginia Tech, Southern Methodist and Tulane Universities.

Donnie Durham
Operations Manager

Donnie Durham joined Spartan Offshore in 2001 as Drilling Superintendent/Operations Manager.  Durham has experience in rig maintenance, scheduling, safety compliance and regulatory matters.  He previously worked for Nabors Offshore, R&B Falcon/Blake Workover & Drilling, Power Rig Drilling and Dean Shank Drilling.  Durham has 26 years experience in the rig business.