C. CHRISTOPHER GAUT
Director since 2017
Mr. Gaut has extensive leadership experience and financial and operational expertise in the oilfield services and equipment sector of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Gaut also has significant management experience and financial expertise in the contract drilling sector of the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Gaut is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (“Forum”). He served in such positions from August 2010 until May 2017. Effective May 2017, Mr. Gaut transitioned to the role of Executive Chairman of Forum and, effective December 31, 2017, Mr. Gaut assumed the role of non-executive Chairman of the Board of Forum. Effective November 2018, Mr. Gaut was again appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Forum and he has served as Forum’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since such time. Mr. Gaut also served as the President of Forum from August 2010 until May 2016, and has served as a director of Forum and one of its predecessor entities since December 2006. Forum is a leading oilfield manufacturing company, providing drilling, completions and production equipment primarily to oil service companies and drilling contractors.
Prior to the formation of Forum, Mr. Gaut served as (i) a Managing Director of SCF Partners, a Houston based private equity firm investing in oilfield service and equipment companies, from October 2009 until August 2010; (ii) President of the Drilling and Evaluation Division of Halliburton Company (“Halliburton”), a publicly traded provider of oilfield services and products to the upstream oil and gas industry, from January 2008 until April 2009; and (iii) Halliburton’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2003 to December 2007.
In addition, from May 2008 until November 2019, Mr. Gaut served on the Board of Directors of Valaris plc (formerly known as Ensco Rowan plc and as Ensco plc) (“Valaris”), a leading global offshore drilling contractor, where he also served as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Gaut also previously served as Co‑Chief Operating Officer of Valaris from January 2002 to February 2003, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Valaris from December 1987 until February 2003.
Member, Audit, Compensation and Nominating, Governance and Sustainability Committees