Transocean Ltd. says that Steven Newman and the Board of Directors have mutually agreed that he will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer effective February 16, 2015. Additionally, Mr. Newman has elected to resign as a Director of Transocean Ltd. Until a permanent replacement is named, Ian Strachan, Chairman of the Board of Transocean Ltd., will also serve the company in the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer.
"As Chief Executive, Steven has capably guided Transocean over the last five years, demonstrating outstanding leadership through what was unquestionably the most challenging period in its history," remarked Mr. Strachan. "In addition to leading Transocean through company- and industry-changing events following the Macondo well incident, Steven initiated essential changes that have and will continue to improve the company's fleet, operations, cost structure and long-term competitiveness," Mr. Strachan said. "As a result, Transocean is well positioned to weather the current industry downturn and emerge even stronger. On behalf of the Board of Directors, and all Transocean employees, I would like to thank Steven for his dedicated service to the company and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."