Tesco Corporation Announces Succession Plans

HOUSTON, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW/ -- Tesco Corporation (NASDAQ: TESO) today announced that Julio M. Quintana, President and Chief Executive Officer, has elected to retire at the beginning of January, 2015.  In accordance with the company's succession plan, the board has designated Fernando R. Assing, currently Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Mr. Quintana. 

Michael Sutherlin, Chairman of the Board, commented, "Julio has provided Tesco with remarkable leadership that has created a global leader in many dimensions.  Tesco's technology has been recognized with multiple industry awards during Julio's ten year tenure, and Tesco's automated casing running technology continues to transform the industry.  Julio leaves Tesco well positioned to capitalize on future opportunities.  He has built a strong and capable management team that will carry his legacy forward. Since his arrival in 2009, Fernando has repeatedly demonstrated that he has the capability and capacity to take on broader responsibilities, and that gives the Board ultimate confidence in his ability to now lead Tesco.  Finally, we are pleased that Julio will continue to serve on Tesco's Board of Directors through his current term." 

Julio Quintana commented, "Succession at Tesco has been a constant focus for our Board, and I am pleased that our board is able to promote from within our ranks.  As a result, you should expect a smooth and orderly transition and consistency in strategy and execution going forward. During his tenure, Fernando's commitment to execution excellence has helped transform Tesco from an innovative products company to a focused, high quality international service company. Fernando played a key role in the development of our current growth strategy and is uniquely positioned to lead Tesco to the next level."

Fernando Assing commented, "I am honored to be selected to this new role. I believe that Tesco's reputation in the industry, when coupled with our focused strategy, will generate significant shareholder value. Over the last five years, our executive team has worked extensively on building a management team committed to creating a world class international company. Our commitment to execution excellence is uncompromising; we are ready and look forward to the challenges ahead."

Julio Quintana further commented, "The last ten years have been gratifying and rewarding as we deployed new technologies and built a global business.  But that success comes with extensive time and travel commitments.  We have now put Tesco on a new course of leveraging technology coupled with a compelling strategy and a key focus on operational excellence.  In many ways, it is the right time for me to turn Tesco over to new leadership, and for me to take some personal time to plan the next phase of my journey."

Mr. Quintana expects to formally retire on January 1, 2015.  However, the transition of responsibilities to Mr. Assing is planned to be completed by mid-December 2014.

Mr. Assing came to Tesco in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. He was subsequently promoted to the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2011 and Executive Vice President and COO earlier this year.  Prior to coming to Tesco in 2009, Mr. Assing served in a series of operational and management roles of increasing responsibility during  approximately 12 years at Schlumberger Ltd and 6 years at Technip.  Mr. Assing is a 1991 graduate of Jose Maria Vargas University in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Tesco Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of technology based solutions for the upstream energy industry.  Tesco Corporation seeks to change the way people drill wells by delivering safer and more efficient solutions that add real value by reducing the costs of drilling for and producing oil and gas.

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