About The Well Control Institute

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The vision of the Well Control Institute (WCI) is to be the industry’s definitive collaborative body and value-enhancing resource for all matters related to well control.


The mission of the WCI is to encourage safe control well practices and well bore integrity ­ through collaborative consideration toward advancing competency, processes, technology and best practices.


The WCI governance includes an Executive Board comprising industry-leading organizations and individuals dedicating their time to fulfill the purpose of the WCI.

WCI Charter

Click Here for the WCI Charter as approved by the WCI Board.

Executive Board

The WCI is governed by an independent Board of Directors consisting of 19 voting members, including a Chairman of the Board and representatives from 6 operators, 8 drilling contractors, 2 equipment manufacturers and 2 well services providers. The President and CEO of IADC is a non-voting participant of the Executive Board, and a representative of IOGP has also been invited in this capacity. The purpose of the Executive Board is to forward the work of the WCI through strategic planning and to discuss and approve initiatives consistent with that strategy. The Executive Board is also responsible for setting the budget of the WCI and administrative oversight.

Organization Member Title
WCI Lyndol Dew Chairman, WCI
Chevron Kim McHugh VP, Global Drilling & Completions
BP America Andy Krieger Head of Global Wells
Shell International E&P Cindy Taff Vice President Wells Discipline
Apache Thom Roller Director, Worldwide Drilling
Total S.A. Eric Daflon VP, Drilling & Wells
Hess  Richard Lynch Senior VP Drilling, Completions and Developments
Precision Drilling Gene Stahl President, Drilling Operations
Ensco plc Carey Lowe Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer
Maersk Drilling Jorn Madsen CEO and Member of Group Executive Board
Seadrill Leif Nielson VP Operations Performance
KCA Deutag Simon Drew President
Vacant Vacant Vacant
Patterson-UTI Mike Holcomb President
Ensign Energy Mike Nuss Executive VP – US & Latin America Operations
Schlumberger  Jean-Francois Poupeau Executive VP Corporate Development and Communication
Halliburton Jim Taylor Vice President Consulting & Project Management
Baker Hughes/GE Chuck Chauviere President, Drilling Systems
NOV Joe Rovig President, Rig Systems and Aftermarket
IADC Jason McFarland President
IOGP Gordon Ballard Executive Director
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