Christopher S. Bradshaw
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Era Group Inc.
Christopher Bradshaw has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since November 2014 and Chief Financial Officer from October 2012 to September 2015. Mr. Bradshaw was appointed a director of the Company in February 2015. He served as the Company’s Acting Chief Executive Officer from August 2014 to November 2014. Additionally, Mr. Bradshaw is an officer and director of certain joint ventures and subsidiaries of the Company. From 2009 until 2012, Mr. Bradshaw served as Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, an independent financial advisory firm that he co-founded. Prior to co-founding U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, Mr. Bradshaw was an energy investment banker at UBS Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co., and PaineWebber Incorporated.
As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bradshaw provides valuable insight to the Board on the Company's day-to-day operations. Mr. Bradshaw also adds a valuable perspective to the Board given his strong background in corporate finance and investment banking within the energy sector.
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SEACOR Holdings Inc.
Charles Fabrikant is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Fabrikant served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2011 to April 2012 and has served as Chairman of the Board since July 2011. Additionally, Mr. Fabrikant serves as Non-Executive Chairman of SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of SEACOR Holdings Inc. (“SEACOR”). Mr. Fabrikant has been a director of SEACOR and several of its subsidiaries since its inception in 1989. He served as a director of Dorian LPG Ltd. from July 2013 through December 2015. Mr. Fabrikant has served as director of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., a contract oil and gas driller, from January 2004 through May 2019. He is also President of Fabrikant International Corporation, a privately owned corporation engaged in marine investments. Mr. Fabrikant is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Harvard University.
With over 30 years of experience in the maritime, transportation, investment and environmental industries, and his position as the founder of SEACOR and the Company’s former President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fabrikant’s broad experience and deep understanding of the Company make him uniquely qualified to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.
Founder and Chairman, The Fairbanks Investment Fund
Ann Fairbanks has been a member of the Board since March 2013. Mrs. Fairbanks is the founder and Chairman of the Fairbanks Investment Fund, a U.S. private equity fund. She is currently Chairman of the board of ProteoNic B.V. a director on the boards of Invectys S.A. and Routin S.A, and Chairman of Layalina Productions, a non-profit organization. Mrs. Fairbanks served in a number of U.S. government positions, including as Executive Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board from 1983 to 1987, as Deputy Assistant Director for Economic Policy on the White House Domestic Policy Staff of President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1983, and as Presidential Appointee on the founding board of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation until 1994. Mrs. Fairbanks formerly served as Lead Director of ING Direct until its sale to Capital One Bank in 2010. Mrs. Fairbanks serves on the board of directors and Executive Committee of the French-American Foundation in New York, since 2002, and serves as a member of each of the National Committee of the Aspen Music Festival since 2001 and the International Women’s Forum in Washington, D.C., since 1996. Mrs. Fairbanks formerly served as a member of the board of directors of the French-American Foundation, in France, from 2006 to 2010.
Mrs. Fairbanks’ extensive experience with investment activities and board positions provides additional depth to the Board’s analysis and evaluation of investment and acquisition opportunities and other corporate opportunities. Mrs. Fairbanks’ broad experience enhances the Board’s leadership, corporate governance and diversity.
Christopher P. Papouras
Christopher P. Papouras has been a member of the Board since March 2013. Mr. Papouras was President of Nabors DrillingSolutions, a provider of oil and gas drilling services, from 2015 until June 2018, and Chairman of Canrig Drilling Technology, Ltd. (“Canrig”), a leading supplier of drilling equipment for the oil and gas drilling industry, from February 2016 until June 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Papouras was President of Canrig from 1998 to February 2016, President of Epoch Well Services, Inc., a provider of information technology services to the oil and gas industry, and Assistant to the Chairman of Nabors Industries, Inc., a land drilling contractor and subsidiary of Nabors Industries Ltd. Mr. Papouras formerly served on the board of directors of Quantico Energy Solutions LLC, a data analytics company with a focus on the oil and gas industry, and Reelwell AS, an oilfield service company. Mr. Papouras became a member of the board of directors of SEACOR in March 2018.
Mr. Papouras’s strong background in technology and the oil and gas industry, as well as his extensive experience serving as a director on various company boards adds extensive value to the Company’s Board. This experience also provides significant value to the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
Of Counsel, Yetter Coleman LLP
Yueping Sun has been a member of the Board since March 2013. Ms. Sun has been Of Counsel for the law firm of Yetter Coleman LLP since 2005, where her principal areas of practice include corporate and securities law. She also has served as Rice University Representative since 2004. Previously, Ms. Sun practiced law in New York City with White & Case LLP and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP. Ms. Sun is a board member of the Asia Society Texas Center, Teach for America and the United Way of Greater Houston, a trustee of Texas Children’s Hospital and honorary co-chair of Rice’s Baker Institute Roundtable. Ms. Sun also serves as a member of the advisory board of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Community Center, and the Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for Asia/Australia. Ms. Sun has been recognized by several organizations for her contributions to the community, including the 2010 International Executive of the Year, Texas China Distinguished Leader in Education Award, the 2011 Asian American Leadership Award, Woman on the Move, one of the 50 Most Influential Women of 2010 and the 2012 ABC Channel 13 Woman of Distinction.
Ms. Sun’s experience as a corporate and securities lawyer concentrating on cross-border and other corporate transactions adds value to the Board with respect to transactional matters and corporate governance, and her broad experience provides for enhanced Board diversity.
Managing Partner, AEC Partners
Steven Webster has been a member of the Board since January 2013. Mr. Webster served on SEACOR’s board of directors from September 2005 to January 2013. Mr. Webster is currently Managing Partner of AEC Partners LP, a Private equity investment business formed in 2018 to invest in the energy sector. Mr. Webster remains a Co-Managing Partner of Avista Capital Partners LP, a private equity investment business that he co-founded in 2005 that focuses on the energy, healthcare and other industries. From 2000 through June 2005, Mr. Webster was Chairman of Global Energy Partners, an affiliate of Credit Suisse First Boston’s Alternative Capital Division. From 1988 through 1997, Mr. Webster was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Drilling Company, Inc. (“Falcon Drilling”), an offshore drilling company he founded, and through 1999, served as President and Chief Executive Officer of R&B Falcon Corporation (“R&B Falcon”), the successor to Falcon Drilling formed through its merger with Reading & Bates Corporation. Mr. Webster served as a Vice Chairman of R&B Falcon until 2001 when it merged with Transocean, Inc. Mr. Webster formerly served on the board of directors of various public companies both in the energy and other industries. Mr. Webster currently serves as Chairman of Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc., a Houston based independent public energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of natural gas and oil. He is also a Trust Manager of Camden Property Trust, a public real estate investment trust specializing in multi-family housing, and director of Oceaneering International Inc., a Houston based public subsea engineering and applied technology company, and various private companies. Mr. Webster holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management and an Honorary Doctorate in Management from Purdue University.
Mr. Webster’s extensive experience with private equity and equity-related investments provides additional depth to the Board’s analysis of investment and acquisition opportunities. His board positions and his experience as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a public company provide additional experience to the Board in evaluating corporate opportunities.