Paul L. Howes


Chief Executive Officer

Paul L. Howes joined our Board of Directors and was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer in March 2006. In June 2006, Mr. Howes was also appointed as our President. Mr. Howes’ career has included experience in the defense industry, chemicals and plastics manufacturing, and the packaging industry. Following the sale of his former company in October 2005 until he joined our Board of Directors in March 2006, Mr. Howes was working privately as an inventor and engaging in consulting and private investing activities. From 2002 until October 2005, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Astaris LLC, a primary chemicals company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with operations in North America, Europe and South America. Prior to this, from 1997 until 2002, he served as Vice President and General Manager, Packaging Division, for Flint Ink Corporation, a global ink company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with operations in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Mr. Howes is also actively engaged in energy industry trade associations.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).   He was previously Chairman of the General Membership Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the API.   Additionally, Mr. Howes was also a previous member of the Board of Directors of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).

As announced via Press Release in August 2021, Paul notified the Board of Directors of his impending retirement in February of 2022. Per Newpark’s succession planning process, Paul will be succeeded by Matthew Lanigan. During this time of transition, Matthew has been appointed to be the President and Chief Operating Officer. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Paul for his superb stewardship of Newpark over the past fifteen years.  His leadership has been instrumental in setting a very strong ‘tone at the top’, transforming our culture in pursuit of his ‘One Newpark’ vision, and making Newpark the industry leader it is today.  He will be truly missed, but of course, we wish him the very best in his upcoming retirement,” said Board Chairman, Mr. Tony Best.

Matthew S. Lanigan


President and Chief Operating Officer

Matthew received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and his MBA from the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne and certification as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Matthew began his professional career at ExxonMobil in Australia working on rigs as a Drilling & Completions Engineer, progressing from there to Offshore Production Engineer and as a Marketer for Crude & LPG. While pursuing his MBA he accepted a position with GE in the Plastics division where he rose to the role of Chief Marketing Officer before transferring to the Capital division of GE, based in the UK. His first opportunity to work in the United States came with the Enterprise Client Group of GE's Capital division, where he worked in leadership roles in Sales & Marketing. In 2011, he was appointed as the Director of Commercial Excellence for Asia Pacific, based in Australia. In addition to growing revenue and market share, key responsibilities for this role included developing cross-organizational synergies and market entry strategies.

Gregg S. Piontek


Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Gregg Piontek joined Newpark in April 2007 as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining Newpark, Mr. Piontek was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Stewart & Stevenson LLC, where, as a member of the executive team, he directed all start-up and purchase accounting functions related to the purchase of assets from Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc. and served as lead executive financial officer for their $150 million public debt offering. Previously, from 2001 to 2006, he held the positions of Assistant Corporate Controller and Controller, Power Products Division at Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Piontek served in various financial roles at General Electric, CNH Global N.V. and Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Piontek is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University.

Tasha Proske

Lori Briggs

Corporate Vice President and President of Industrial Solutions

Lori Briggs joined Newpark in October 2017 as Senior Director, Business Transformation & Integration, was promoted to the position of Vice President, Marketing for Newpark Industrial Services in January 2021, and then promoted to her current role of President, Industrial Solutions in September 2021. Ms Briggs has progressed her career by blending her expertise in marketing, business development, pricing, and finance to optimize team performance and drive profitability across multiple platforms. Prior to joining Newpark, she held leadership roles with progressing responsibility in various divisions of GE (including Oil & Gas, Capital, and Aviation) for over 25 years, most recently holding the position of Global Pricing Leader for GE Oil & Gas, an energy subsidiary. Ms. Briggs received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Statistics/Mathematics from Miami University and her MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Chip Earle


General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary

Chip Earle joined Newpark in August 2018 as Vice President and Executive Advisor as part of a succession plan to become the Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Compliance Officer in September 2018. Mr. Earle most recently served for six years as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Support Officer and Corporate Secretary for Bristow Group, Inc. Prior to Bristow, he worked for Transocean, Ltd where after working in a variety of progressively senior positions within the Legal function, he held the role of Assistant Vice President, Global Legal and Corporate Secretary. Additionally, Mr. Earle has exceptional governance, corporate, securities and M&A experience gained at the start of his legal career during his time in private practice with the law firms of Baker Botts, LLP and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, PC. He received his Bachelor degree from Middlebury College in 1995 and his MBA and JD from the University of Texas in 2001.

Tasha Proske

Tasha M. Murphy

Vice President, Human Resources

Tasha Murphy joined Newpark in December of 2019 and became the Vice President of Human Resources in September of 2020.  Prior to joining Newpark, Ms. Murphy worked for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and most recently led the HR organization for Mozambique LNG, a $20 billion dollar capital project that achieved Final Investment Decision while Ms. Murphy served in this role.  In her eight years at Anadarko, Ms. Murphy held leadership positions across HR, supporting the Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer, and managed various HR Business Partner and Center of Excellence teams. Prior to Anadarko, she worked for Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, LLC for eight years as a consultant and regional Operations Manager.  Ms. Murphy has extensive global experience across many areas in HR as well as living abroad experiences in China, England, and Italy.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with her Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Marketing.  She holds several senior professional HR designations and proudly serves as a board member for Texas A&M’s MS Marketing Program.

David Patterson


Corporate Vice President and President of Fluids Systems

David Paterson was appointed as Vice President of the Company and President of Fluids Systems in July 2019. From October 2018 to July 2019, Mr. Paterson served as President - Pressure Pumping of Weir Oil and Gas. From December 1995 to October 2018, he served in varying roles for Schlumberger including President - Artificial Lift, President – Geoservices, and Vice President - Drilling Group Asia. During this time, he spent 17 years working directly in the Drilling Fluids, Completion Fluids, Solids Control and Waste management sector in Dowell Drilling Fluids and the M-I SWACO Joint Venture. He held numerous assignments of progressing responsibility in this space including: Well Site Fluids Engineer working on land, Offshore and Deepwater rigs, Customer In-House Fluids Representative, Field Service Manager, Product Line Manager for Completion Fluids, Country Manager, Asia Pacific Vice President, Eastern Hemisphere Senior Vice President, and Global Product Line Vice President. Mr. Paterson holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Offshore Engineering from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.