Pat on the Back


Raise Your Glass to Bob Long

Bob Long, Transocean’s CEO, plans to retire from the company after 34 years of service. Bob joined the company in 1976 as Corporate Planning Manager for Southern Natural Gas, Inc., a predecessor company, and has held numerous operational and financial roles during his career, including Division Engineer and Division Manager of the North Sea and Egypt before he took on executive roles in 1987. He was elected Vice President in 1987, Senior Vice President in 1990, Senior Vice President and CFO in 1996, Senior Vice President, Treasurer and CFO in 1997, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO in 2000, President in 2001 and President and Chief Operating Officer in early 2002. He has served as CEO since October 2002.

A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Bob attended the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School and in 1975 earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) and served as IADC’s Chairman in 2007. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).

Thanks to Bob for 34 years of service and leadership to Transocean.

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