By Colin Kellaher
Schlumberger on Friday said Paal Kibsgaard will retire as chairman and chief executive, effective Aug. 1.
The Houston oilfield-services company said Olivier Le Peuch, currently chief operating officer, will succeed Mr. Kibsgaard as chief executive and join the board on that date.
Schlumberger said Mark Papa, one of the pioneers of the U.S. shale boom who joined the board as a non-independent director in October, will become non-executive chairman, while Peter Currie will continue to serve as lead independent director.
Mr. Papa, the former chief executive of shale-industry bellwether EOG Resources, is currently chairman and chief executive of smaller independent shale company Centennial Resource Development.
Mr. Le Peuch, who has spent 32 years with Schlumberger, was named chief operating officer in February, a move seen as a signal that he was in line to succeed Mr. Kibsgaard at the helm.
Both Mr. Kibsgaard and his predecessor, Andrew Gould, each served as chief operating officer for just over a year before moving into the top post.
Mr. Kibsgaard, who joined Schlumberger in 1997, has been chief executive since August 2011 and chairman since April 2015. He is also retiring from the board, the company said.
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