Sidewinder Drilling Inc. has promoted J. Anthony Gallegos to president of the company. Gallegos currently serves as CFO, a role he will keep in addition to his new responsibilities as president. F. Bruce Humphries, who was formerly director of operations, has been promoted to senior vice president and COO, and will report directly to Gallegos. Humphries replaces Bruce Brumley, who was Sidewinder's COO from October 2012 until his recent retirement.
Gallegos has over 22 years of experience, in both land and offshore contract drilling. He was a founder of Sidewinder and has served as senior vice president and CFO since the company's inception. From April 2006 through September 2010, Gallegos held the position of vice president of business development for Scorpion Offshore, an international offshore drilling contractor that was acquired by Seadrill Ltd. in 2010. Prior to joining Scorpion Offshore, he held operational, marketing, corporate planning, and management positions with Atwood Oceanics, Transocean, and Ensco. Gallegos started his career working onboard offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University.
Humphries has over 39 years of experience in the land drilling industry, working both domestically and internationally. He joined the company in 2013 as director of operations, and was responsible for Sidewinder's operations in the US Mid-Continent and Texas regions. From 2005–2011, Humphries was a senior vice president of Bronco Drilling Co., a US land contract driller. In 2011, Bronco was acquired by NOMAC Drilling, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corp., and he served as director of new rig technology for NOMAC Drilling. Prior to Bronco, Humphries worked for Thomas Drilling Co. for 23 years in positions of increasing operations management responsibilities. Prior to Thomas, he worked for nine years at Ratliff Drilling Co., beginning as a roughneck and working his way to rig management.