PAUL L. HOWES
President and 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).
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.
BRUCE C. SMITH
Executive Vice President and President, Fluids Systems
Bruce has been in the drilling fluids industry since 1973 and has held many technical, operational and leadership positions during this 35 year period. Bruce joined Newpark in April 1998 as Vice President International and served as President of Newpark Drilling Fluids from October 2000 – June 2017. Prior to joining Newpark, Mr. Smith was the Managing Director of the UK operations of M-I SWACO.
MATTHEW S. LANIGAN
Corporate Vice President and President of Mats and Integrated Services
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.
IDA D. ASHLEY
Vice President, Human Resources
Ida Ashley joined Newpark near the end of March 2015 as Vice President, Human Resources. Ida has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, 17 of which were specific to Oilfield Services where she specialized in Employee Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions and International HR programs. Ida has worked in a variety of HR leadership roles in Smith International, M-I SWACO and Schlumberger; her role prior to joining Newpark was VP of HR, North America in Schlumberger. Originating from Smith International, she had the unique opportunity to lead the HR integration project team during the Schlumberger/Smith merger from August 2010 – December 2012. Ida earned her Masters of Science in Human Resources from Houston Baptist University in 2000 and her Bachelors of Arts in Modern Languages from Texas A&M in 1991.
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.