Pioneer Energy Services (NYSE: PES) reports that Franklin "Red" C. West, executive vice president and president of the company’s Drilling Services segment, will retire, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Brian L. Tucker will succeed West, also effective Jan. 1, 2015. Since joining Pioneer in 2012, Tucker has served as senior vice president over the Appalachia, Utah, and North Dakota drilling divisions. Prior to joining Pioneer, he was a vice president for Helmerich and Payne (H&P), managing the South Texas operation from 2010 to 2012. From 2004 to 2010, Tucker served as H&P's drilling engineer and operations manager for the Barnett shale play and for South Texas and West Texas operations. Tucker is a West Point graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering.