Corporate Leadership

Board of Directors

Thomas R. Bates, Jr., Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board

Dr. Bates has served as our Chairman of the Board since November 2011. Dr. Bates has been an Adjunct Professor and Co-Chair of the Energy MBA Advisory Board in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. Dr. Bates joined Lime Rock Management LP as a Managing Director in 2001 and became a Senior Advisor of the firm in 2010, before retiring in 2013. Before joining Lime Rock, Dr. Bates had 25 years of experience in senior oil service management and operations with Schlumberger Ltd., Weatherford Enterra Inc. and Baker Hughes Inc. Dr. Bates presently serves on the board of directors of Hercules Offshore Inc., TETRA Technologies Inc., and Alacer Gold Corporation. Dr. Bates holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Byron A. Dunn
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dunn was a founder of Independence Contract Drilling in 2011 and has been a Director of Independence and Chief Executive Officer since that time. From 2007 to 2010 Mr. Dunn served as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Energy Services, whose Drilling Group formed the rig manufacturing division of Independence Contract Drilling upon the formation of the company. From 2010 to 2011 Mr. Dunn served as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Erin Energy Corp a NYSE listed international E&P company with operations in China and Africa. Previously Mr. Dunn served as Vice President of National Oilwell Varco and President of the 3,500 employee, $1 billion revenue Eastern Hemisphere Rig Solutions Group and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of TTS Marine ASA. He Chaired the National Oilwell/Varco International merger integration task force. Mr. Dunn has over 15 years experience in investment banking last serving as Executive Director of the UBS Global Energy and Power Group. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he holds a CFA charter and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He serves on the Board of Directors of Brace Industrial Group and as Chairman of its Safety Committee.

James Crandell

Mr. Crandell was appointed to our Board of Directors effective January 4, 2017. Mr. Crandell's career includes serving as Managing Director of Cowen and Company from 2013 until 2016, and as Managing Director of Dahlman Rose from 2011 until its acquisition by Cowen and Company in 2013. Prior to that he served as Managing Director at Barclays Capital plc from 2008 until 2011, and as Managing Director for Lehman Brothers starting in 1999 until its acquisition by Barclays Capital in 2008. From 1981 until 1998, Mr. Crandell held various posts at Salomon Brothers, including managing director, senior oil services analyst, director of U.S. equity research, and global coordinator of equity research. Mr. Crandell currently is a member of the Board of Directors of NOW Inc. (NYSE: DNOW), where he serves on the nominating/corporate governance committee and compensation committee.

Matthew Fitzgerald

Mr. Fitzgerald has served as a Director on our Board of Directors since April 2012. Mr. Fitzgerald is now a private investor. From 2009 until July 2013, Mr. Fitzgerald served as President of Total Choice Communications LLC, a wireless retailer in Houston, Texas. Mr. Fitzgerald retired from Grant Prideco, Inc., following its merger with National Oilwell Varco in 2008. He had served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and as Treasurer beginning in February 2007. Mr. Fitzgerald held the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Veritas DGC. Mr. Fitzgerald also served as Vice President and Controller for BJ Services Company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rosetta Resources, Inc. Mr. Fitzgerald began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Whinney. He holds a B.B.A and Masters in Accounting from the University of Florida.

Daniel F. McNease

Mr. McNease has served as a Director on our Board of Directors since April 2013. Mr. McNease also serves as the Chairman of AXON EP, Inc. and as a Member of the Advisory Board at HitecVision AS. Mr. McNease served as President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Rowan Companies, plc.  In total, Mr. McNease spent 34 years at Rowan, serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and as Executive Vice President of Rowan and President of its drilling subsidiaries. Mr. McNease is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Columbia University Executive Program.

Tighe Noonan

Mr. Noonan has served as a director on our Board of Directors since March 2012. Mr. Noonan is a founder and has served as a partner of 4D Global Energy Advisors SAS since its formation in 2002, and he has been continuously involved in energy finance since 1982. After 13 years of experience in commercial and investment banking with the Barclays Group (BZW) in New York and Paris, notably in the energy sector, Mr. Noonan joined Société Générale in 1995, where he was Managing Director, Global Head of Oil and Gas Project Finance. Following studies at Swarthmore College (USA), Mr. Noonan received an advanced degree in economics and finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and the University of Grenoble (France). Mr. Noonan presently serves on the board of directors of Finoil SpA, GES-Global Energy Services, Inc.,Lampogas SpA, Dulevo International SpA, Aladdin Middle East Ltd., and ORS International Ltd. and certain subsidiaries of the aforementioned. He also serves as Chairman of 4D Global Energy Investments plc, 4D Global Energy Development Capital Fund plc, and 4D Global Energy Development Capital Fund II plc.

Management

Byron A. Dunn
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Dunn was a founder of Independence Contract Drilling in 2011 and has been a Director of Independence and Chief Executive Officer since that time. From 2007 to 2010 Mr. Dunn served as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Energy Services, whose Drilling Group formed the rig manufacturing division of Independence Contract Drilling upon the formation of the company. From 2010 to 2011 Mr. Dunn served as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Erin Energy Corp a NYSE listed international E&P company with operations in China and Africa. Previously Mr. Dunn served as Vice President of National Oilwell Varco and President of the 3,500 employee, $1 billion revenue Eastern Hemisphere Rig Solutions Group and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of TTS Marine ASA. He Chaired the National Oilwell/Varco International merger integration task force. Mr. Dunn has over 15 years experience in investment banking last serving as Executive Director of the UBS Global Energy and Power Group. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he holds a CFA charter and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He serves on the Board of Directors of Brace Industrial Group and as Chairman of its Safety Committee.

Philip A. Choyce
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Choyce is one of our original founders and was appointed our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in August 2016. Mr. Choyce served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2012 until August 2016, as as our Senior Vice President and General Counsel from December 2011 until March 2012. Mr. Choyce served as the Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Grant Prideco, Inc. until its sale to National Oilwell Varco. Mr. Choyce was a Senior Associate at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Choyce holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas A&M University and received his law degree from The University of Texas in Austin.

Philip Dalrymple
Vice President, Operations

Mr. Dalrymple has served as our Vice President – Operations since August 2016. Mr. Dalrymple joined us in January of 2013 and has served in increasing roles of responsibility, including Drilling Superintendent from January of 2013 until October of 2013 and Operations Manager from November 2013 until his promotion to Vice President - Operations. Prior to joining us, Mr. Dalrymple was employed at Rowan Companies, most recently as lead project engineer overseeing construction of offshore drilling rigs from 2010 until 2013. From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Dalrymple served in increasing roles of responsibility in Rowan’s drilling operations, including rig manager and safety specialist within Rowan’s drilling operations. Mr. Dalrymple earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University – College Station.

Michael J. Harwell
Vice President—Finance and Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Harwell has served as our Vice President — Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since August 1, 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Harwell served as the Vice President and Corporate Controller for Landry’s, Inc. Prior to joining Landry’s, Mr. Harwell served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for NetVersant Solutions, Inc., a Houston based start-up company specializing in high-end network infrastructure projects. Mr. Harwell also held various positions with Nabors Industries and Ernst & Young LLP.  Mr. Harwell holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Chris K. Menefee
Vice President—Business Development

Mr. Menefee has served as our Vice President - Business Development since May 2012. Mr. Menefee began his oilfield career in 1997 at Rowan Companies, Inc. In 2001, Mr. Menefee transferred from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to Rowan’s Land Division where he held field operational roles and was the Health and Safety Manager. Mr. Menefee moved to Rowan’s corporate headquarters as the Director of Marketing in 2006. In this role, he was responsible for the marketing, sales and contracting of Rowan’s domestic and international rig fleet. Mr. Menefee graduated from The University of Mississippi in Oxford with a B.A. in Psychology. He is a Director of the International Association of Drilling Contractors and is currently Chairman of the IADC Houston Chapter.

Aaron W. Mueller
Vice President—Health, Safety and Environmental

Mr. Mueller has served as our Vice President — Health, Safety and Environmental since February 2013 and Director of Marketing and Sales from August 2012 until February 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Mueller served in multiple positions with Rowan Companies, Inc., where he began his oilfield career as a college roustabout.  Mr. Mueller transferred to Rowan’s Land Division where he held multiple positions including Floorhand, Derrickman and Driller and also managed the construction of Rowan’s 2000-hp new build land drilling fleet. Mr. Mueller served as the Land Division Safety Manager and Corporate Safety Specialist, responsible for domestic and international safety operations.  Additionally, Mr. Mueller served as the Quality Systems Manager and Global Training Manager responsible for the creation, certification and management of Rowan’s global management system. Mr. Mueller currently serves as a Director of IADC's National Chapter.

Independence Contract Drilling was founded in 2011 as a provider of premium integrated onshore drilling services.