Matthew S. Lanigan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Matthew Lanigan joined Newpark in April 2016 as President, Newpark Industrial Solutions, and was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer in March 2022. From April 2014 to June 2015, Mr. Lanigan served as a Managing Director of Custom Fleet Services in Australia for GE Capital Corporation, a financial services unit of General Electric. From September 2010 to March 2014, he served as Commercial Excellence Leader in Asia Pacific for GE Capital. Previous to September 2010, Mr. Lanigan held various executive positions in marketing and sales for GE Capital Corporation and spent his early career with ExxonMobil as a Drilling & Completions Engineer and an Offshore Production Engineer and Marketer for Crude & LPG. Mr. Lanigan 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 is certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
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.
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.
Edward C. "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 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 A. Paterson
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.