Our executive management team has an average of 20 years of domestic and international marine transportation industry-related experience. We believe that our team has successfully demonstrated its ability to grow our fleet through new construction and strategic acquisitions and to secure profitable contracts for our vessels in both favorable and unfavorable market conditions. Moreover, our in-house engineering team has significant operating experience that enables us to more effectively design and manage our new vessel construction program, adapt our vessels for specialized purposes, oversee and manage the drydocking process and provide custom marine engineering solutions to our customers. We believe this will continue to result in a lower overall cost of ownership over the life of our vessels compared to our competitors, as well as a competitive advantage in securing contracts for our OSVs as the benefits of our proprietary designs and in-house engineering capabilities are recognized by our customers.
Todd M. Hornbeck
Chairman, President, & CEO
Todd M. Hornbeck has served as the President and director of Hornbeck Offshore since he founded the Company in June 1997. He also served as Chief Operating Officer until February 2002, at which time he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, in May 2005 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Prior to founding Hornbeck, Mr. Hornbeck was employed by the original Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed publicly traded offshore service vessel company with over 105 offshore supply vessels operating worldwide, from 1991 to 1996, serving in various positions related to business strategy and development. The company merged with Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW) in March 1996, and Todd accepted a position as Marketing Director-Gulf of Mexico with Tidewater. He was responsible for managing relationships and the overall business development of Tidewater within the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region. He remained with Tidewater until the current Hornbeck Offshore was formed.
Mr. Hornbeck served on the board of directors for the International Support Vessel Owners Association (ISOA), the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), and the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).
As the Company’s founder, Mr. Hornbeck brings his vision and goals for the Company to the Board. Under his leadership, the Company has expanded from a small private company to a large, global provider of technologically advanced offshore service vessels. Hornbeck was a NYSE-listed publicly traded company from March 2004 to December 2019. Todd is the son of Larry D. Hornbeck, one of our directors.
Carl G. Annessa
Executive Vice President
Carl G. Annessa joined Hornbeck in September 1997 and served as our Chief Operating Officer from February 2002 to September 2020. Prior to February 2002, Mr. Annessa served as our Vice President of Operations beginning in September 1997. Mr. Annessa is currently responsible for executive oversight of the Company’s military operations, engineering, newbuild activity, and fleet repair and maintenance.
Prior to joining Hornbeck, Mr. Annessa was employed for 17 years by Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW) in various technical and operational management positions, including management of large fleets of offshore supply vessels in the Arabian Gulf, Caribbean and West African markets, and was responsible for the design of several Tidewater’s vessels. Mr. Annessa was employed for two years by Avondale Shipyards, Inc. as a naval architect before joining Tidewater.
Mr. Annessa received a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan in 1979.
James O. Harp, Jr.
Executive Vice President & CFO
James O. Harp, Jr. has served as the Chief Financial Officer for Hornbeck Offshore since January 2001. He was appointed Executive Vice President in February 2005. Prior to that time, he served as our Vice President beginning in January 2001.
Before joining Hornbeck, Mr. Harp served as Vice President in the Energy Groups of investment banking firms of RBC Dominion Securities Corporation, from August 1999 to January 2001, and Jefferies & Company, Inc. from June 1997 to August 1999. During his investment banking career, Mr. Harp worked extensively with marine-related oil service companies, including Hornbeck Offshore as an investment banker in connection with the company’s private placement of common stock in November of 2000. From July 1982 to June 1997, he held roles of increasing responsibility in the tax section of Arthur Andersen LLP, ultimately serving as a Tax Principal, and had a significant concentration of international clients in the oil service and maritime industries. Since April 1992, he has also served as Treasurer and Director of SEISCO, Inc., a privately held seismic brokerage company that he co-founded.
Mr. Harp is an inactive certified public accountant in Louisiana.
Samuel A. Giberga
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary
Samuel A. Giberga, has served as the General Counsel of Hornbeck since January 2004. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer in June 2011, and served as Senior Vice President beginning in February 2005.
Prior to joining Hornbeck, Mr. Giberga was engaged in the private practice of law for 14 years. He was a partner in the New Orleans-based law firm of Correro, Fishman, Haygood, Phelps, Walmsley & Casteix from February 2000 to December 2003 and served as a partner at Rice, Fowler, Kingsmill, Vance & Flint, LLP from March 1996 to February 2000. During his legal career, he worked extensively with marine and energy service companies in a variety of contexts with a concentration in general business, international and intellectual property matters. He also co-founded Maritime Claims Americas, LLC, which operates a network of correspondent offices for marine protection and indemnity associations throughout Latin America. From June 2005 to February 2007, Mr. Giberga served as a director of the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association Inc. (the American Club), a mutual protection and indemnity association in which the principal operating subsidiaries were then entered as members.
Mr. Giberga occasionally serves as an adjunct professor in intellectual property law matters at Loyola University Law School in New Orleans.
John S. Cook
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer & CIO
John S. Cook has served as the Chief Information Officer of Hornbeck since May 2002. Mr. Cook was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer in February 2013, and served as a Senior Vice President beginning in May 2008. Mr. Cook was initially designated an Executive Officer and appointed a Vice President of the Company in February 2006.
Before joining Hornbeck, Mr. Cook held roles of increasing responsibility in the business consulting section of Arthur Andersen LLP from January 1992 to May 2002, ultimately serving as a Senior Manager. During his consulting career, Mr. Cook assisted numerous marine and energy service companies in various business process and information technology initiatives, including strategic planning and enterprise software implementations.
Mr. Cook is an inactive certified public accountant in Louisiana and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.