RigNet announces Lee M. Ahlstrom as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(20 August 2018 - RigNet) RigNet announced today the appointment of Lee M. Ahlstrom as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective immediately.
As CFO, Ahlstrom will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer, Steven Pickett. He will be responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the company, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, as well as managing the tax, internal audit, treasury and investor relations functions.
“We are excited to have Lee join RigNet. We believe his impressive reputation for execution and achieving results makes him the right choice to lead our financial strategy,” says Pickett. “His skill set fits well with the strength of our existing finance organization and his deep knowledge of the energy industry will complement our experienced management team as we deliver industry-leading solutions to our customers.”
Ahlstrom brings more than 20 years of finance and capital markets experience, an extensive background in strategic planning and investor relations, and a broad range of capabilities to RigNet. Most recently, Ahlstrom served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Paragon Offshore Ltd. and as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Strategy, and Planning. Previously, he served in executive and leadership roles at Noble Corporation, Burlington Resources, Unocal and as a consultant with McKinsey and Company. Mr. Ahlstrom began his career at ExxonMobil where he held a variety of engineering positions.
“I am excited to join RigNet at such a pivotal period for the company,” said Ahlstrom. “RigNet has a unique opportunity in the market as the company accelerates its delivery of custom communications services and applications, providing offerings that go far beyond its traditional connectivity services. I look forward to being a part of this dynamic team that helps customers accelerate their digital transformation initiatives and to increase value for our shareholders.”
Mr. Ahlstrom holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He also currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and holds NIRI’s Investor Relations Charter (IRC) credential.
Ahlstrom succeeds Tonya M. McDermott, who served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer. McDermott will resume her duties as RigNet’s Vice President of Tax and Treasury and will assist in the transition of duties to Ahlstrom. “I want to thank Tonya for her leadership and contributions over the past eight months. We are grateful for her relentless efforts and dedication,” said Pickett.
RigNet (NASDAQ: RNET) is a global technology company that provides customized communications services, applications, real-time machine learning, and cybersecurity solutions that enhance customer decision-making and business performance. RigNet is headquartered in Houston, Texas with operations around the world.