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Bristow Group Appoints Edward Chipman Earle As Senior Vice President And General Counsel

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Bristow Group Inc., a provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced that Edward Chipman (Chip) Earle will join the company as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary effective July 30, 2012.

Earle comes to the Company with more than ten years of legal experience; six in the energy industry. Before joining Bristow, he served as assistant vice president, Global Legal, with Transocean Ltd., where he managed the worldwide operations legal team. 

In this role, Earle was a member of the senior legal leadership team and advised executive management and the board of directors on legal issues related to the strategic and commercial aspects of joint ventures and other legal operations matters.  He also served in the roles of general counsel for Transocean's Europe and Africa business unit as well as associate general counsel and corporate secretary.  While working at Transocean, Earle lived in several locations including Houston, Grand Cayman, Paris and Geneva. Prior to Transocean, he was employed at Baker Botts LLP in Houston as a corporate and securities lawyer.

Earle started his legal career in Austin as a corporate and securities associate with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini  Goodrich & Rosati.  Earle received a master’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Texas.

In his new role, Earle will serve on Bristow's senior management team responsible for global legal operations, compliance and internal audit.

“We are delighted to have an individual with Chip's exceptional  background and global business acumen join our team and I am sure that he will immediately contribute to the execution of our strategy and plans,” said Bristow Group chief executive William E. Chiles in a prepared statement. “His international and commercial experience with customer contractual and service agreements, combined with his background in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, U.S. securities matters and capital markets, is expected to be a major asset and we look forward to Chip contributing greatly to the Bristow team.”

Bristow Group Inc. is a provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated.  Through its subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures, the company has transportation operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska, Australia, Nigeria, Russia and Trinidad.