Board of Directors

Daniel F. McNease
Chairman of the Board

Director. Mr. McNease has served as a director on our Board of Directors since April 2013. Mr. McNease served as the Chairman of AXON EP, Inc. from July 2009 until December 2016 and as a Member of the Advisory Board at HitecVision AS from January 2010 until December 2016. From 2007 through 2013, he served as a Director of Dockwise Ltd. From 2004 through 2008, Mr. McNease served as President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Rowan Companies Companies, Inc. (“Rowan”), a provider of land and offshore contract drilling services and a manufacturer of rigs and drilling equipment. In total, Mr. McNease spent 34 years at Rowan, serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2008, President from 2002 to 2008 and as Executive Vice President of Rowan and President of its drilling subsidiaries from 1999 to 2002. Mr. McNease is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Columbia University Executive Program. He is a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

J. Anthony Gallegos, Jr.
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gallegos has served as a Director on our board and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2018. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gallegos served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sidewinder Drilling Company. Mr. Gallegos joined Sidewinder upon its founding as Senior Vice President & CFO, a position he held until November 2014 when he was promoted to President & Chief Financial Officer with overall responsibility for the profitability and operating performance of the Company. He was promoted to President and CEO in September 2017. From April 2006 through September 2010, Mr. Gallegos held the position of Vice President Business Development of Scorpion Offshore. Scorpion Offshore was an international offshore drilling contractor with operations across the globe which was acquired by Seadrill in 2010. Prior to joining Scorpion Offshore, he held operational, marketing, corporate planning and management positions with Atwood Oceanics, Transocean and Ensco. Mr. Gallegos started his career working as a roughneck on offshore drilling rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Gallegos is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the International Association of Drilling Contractors . He is a veteran of the US Army and holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and an Master of Business Administration from Rice University.

Matthew D. Fitzgerald

Mr. Fitzgerald has served as a director on our Board of Directors since April 2012. Mr. Fitzgerald is now a private investor and volunteer instructor and counselor with SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives), an affiliate of the Small Business Administration. From 2009 until July 2013, Mr. Fitzgerald served as President of Total Choice Communications LLC, a wireless retailer in Houston, Texas. Mr. Fitzgerald retired from Grant Prideco, Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of drill pipe and drill bits, following its acquisition by National Oilwell Varco in 2008. He had served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in January 2004 and as Treasurer beginning in February 2007. Mr. Fitzgerald held the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Veritas DGC from 2001 until January 2004. Mr. Fitzgerald also served as Vice President and Controller for BJ Services Company from 1989 to 2001. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of NCS Multistage, Inc. (NCSM) and is the general partner of Oasis Midstream Partners, L.P. (OMP). He previously served on the board of directors of Rosetta Resources, Inc. and Maverick Oil and Gas, Inc. Mr. Fitzgerald began his career as a certified public accountant with the accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Florida.

James G. Minmier

Mr. Minmier has served as a Director on our board since October 2018. Mr. Minmier has served as Chief Executive Officer of Extreme Plastics Plus, LLC, a subsidiary of BW Equity Holdings, LLC, and Board Director of BW Equity Holdings, LLC since May 2018. Mr. Minmier served as a Director for Sidewinder Drilling until May 2018. Mr. Minmier served as President of Nomac Drilling LLC, a subsidiary of COS Holdings, LLC and subsequently Seventy-Seven Energy Inc. Mr. Minmier has more than 26 years of experience in the drilling industry. Mr. Minmier received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Florida.

Stacy Durbin Nieuwoudt

Ms. Nieuwoudt has served on our Board since January 2021 and is currently a private investor. From 2017 to 2019, Ms. Nieuwoudt served as a Senior Industrial and Energy Analyst for Aptigon Capital, a division of Citadel. From 2010 until 2017, Ms. Nieuwoudt served as a Senior Energy Analyst for Surveyor Capital, also a division of Citadel. Prior to 2010, Ms. Nieuwoudt held various research and analyst positions with Crosslink Capital, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co Securities, Encap Investment and Simmons & Company. Ms. Nieuwoudt graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history.

Independence Contract Drilling was founded in 2011 as a provider of premium integrated onshore drilling services.