Valaris Announces Appointment of Catherine J. Hughes to its Board of Directors


HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Valaris Limited (NYSE: VAL) (“Valaris” or the “Company”) today announced that Catherine J. Hughes has been appointed to the Valaris Board of Directors. Ms. Hughes will also serve on the Board’s Environmental, Social and Governance Committee.

Ms. Hughes has served as a non-executive director of Shell plc since 2017, including as Chair of the Safety, Environment and Sustainability Committee. She was previously Executive Vice President International at Nexen Inc. from January 2012 until her retirement in April 2013, where she was responsible for all oil and gas activities including exploration, production, development and project activities outside Canada. Ms. Hughes joined Nexen in 2009 as Vice President Operational Services, Technology and Human Resources. Prior to joining Nexen, she was Vice President Oil Sands at Husky Oil from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President Exploration & Production Services, from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Hughes started her career with Schlumberger in 1986 and held key positions in various countries, including France, Italy, Nigeria, the UK and the USA, and was President of Schlumberger Canada Ltd for five years. Ms. Hughes has previously held non-executive director positions at SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, Statoil ASA and Precision Drilling Inc.

Chair of the Board Elizabeth D. Leykum said, “We are pleased to welcome Catherine to the Valaris Board of Directors. Her extensive industry experience gained from executive management positions held at both leading operators and oilfield service companies will further strengthen our Board. The diversity of skills, knowledge and backgrounds of our Board members will continue to help the Company execute on its strategy of being value driven, focused and responsible to drive shareholder value.”

About Valaris Limited

Valaris Limited (NYSE: VAL) is the industry leader in offshore drilling services across all water depths and geographies. Operating a high-quality rig fleet of ultra-deepwater drillships, versatile semisubmersibles and modern shallow-water jackups, Valaris has experience operating in nearly every major offshore basin. Valaris maintains an unwavering commitment to safety, operational excellence, and customer satisfaction, with a focus on technology and innovation. Valaris Limited is a Bermuda exempted company (Bermuda No. 56245). To learn more, visit our website at

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Source: Valaris Limited