Hercules Offshore Announces Executive Management Changes

           Hercules Offshore Announces Executive Management Changes

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Nov. 13, 2012

HOUSTON, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Hercules Offshore, Inc. (Nasdaq: HERO)
announced the appointment of James W. Noe ("Jim") to Executive Vice President,
Beau M. Thompson to General Counsel and Secretary, Charles A. Lestage
("Charlie") to Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Cecil H.
Bowden to Vice President Engineering and Capital Projects, and John B.
Crabtree to Vice President Technical Support, Compliance, and Maintenance.

Mr. Noe has served as Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Chief
Compliance Officer of Hercules Offshore since October 2005. His extensive
experience in the oil and gas industry includes serving as Corporate Counsel
for BJ Services Company and Single Buoy Moorings. He also spent several years
in private practice, where he focused on corporate and commercial issues for
oil and gas companies and shipyards. Mr. Noe serves on the board of Discovery
Offshore S.A., a pure-play, ultra-high specification jackup rig company based
in Luxembourg and listed on the Oslo Axess exchange. He holds a Bachelor of
Arts with honors from the University of Alabama and a Juris Doctorate from
Louisiana State University.

Mr. Thompson joined the Company in May 2007 as the Associate General Counsel
and Assistant Secretary. In 2010, he became the Assistant General Counsel and
Secretary. Prior to joining Hercules Offshore, he was with Thompson & Knight
LLP, where his practice focused on corporate and securities matters and
mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Business
Administration in Management with honors from Texas A&M University and a Juris
Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Mr. Lestage joined Hercules Offshore in July 2011 as Associate General Counsel
and Deputy Compliance Officer. His previous experience includes various
accounting roles at Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young and later as a litigation
attorney at Thompson & Knight LLP. Mr. Lestage holds a Bachelor of Science in
Accounting with honors from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctorate
from the University of Houston. He is also a Certified Public Accountant
(CPA).

Mr. Bowden joined Hercules Offshore in January 2009 as Director of Engineering
and Offshore Projects. His previous experience includes various project
management and engineering roles at Noble Corp., Global Marine Drilling Co.,
and Western Oceanic Drilling Co. Mr. Bowden served in the United States Navy,
attended the University of Southern Louisiana, and has over 30 years of
industry experience.

Mr. Crabtree joined Hercules Offshore in July 2007. His previous experience
includes various project management, engineering and operations roles at
TODCO, R&B Falcon Drilling USA, Service Marine Industries, Inc., Dredge
Systems, Inc. and Kenner Marine and Machinery, Inc. Mr. Crabtree is a member
of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, registered with the
Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land
Surveyors, and holds a Bachelor of Marine Engineering Technology from
Mississippi State University.

John T. Rynd, Chief Executive Officer and President stated, "Jim has been a
key member of the Company's management team since our formation and has served
an instrumental role in growing the company and establishing our international
presence. His skilled leadership of the Shallow Water Energy Security
Coalition and its efforts to guide the industry through the regulatory
challenges that ensued post Macondo, are one of many examples of his value to
our organization. Jim will add great value in our corporate and strategic
development efforts in his expanded role, especially as we turn our eye toward
the growth of the Company.

"The breadth of experience Beau and Charlie hold will further strengthen our
leadership and provide significant value to the Company as we continue to
execute our core objectives. We also believe that splitting the role of
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer will only strengthen our already
robust compliance function. The exceptional technical skills that Cecil and
John have demonstrated are key factors in our ability to maintain our rig
fleet at the highest industry standards. Their experience will be critical in
the Company's efforts to expand our global footprint and high grade our asset
base. It is with great pleasure that we announce these promotions and we look
forward to the continued contributions Jim, Beau, Charlie, Cecil and John will
make toward the growth of our Company."

About Hercules Offshore
Headquartered in Houston, Hercules Offshore, Inc. operates a fleet of 39
jackup rigs, 16 barge rigs, 63 liftboats and two submersible rigs. The Company
offers a range of services to oil and gas producers to meet their needs during
drilling, well service, platform inspection, maintenance, and decommissioning
operations in several key shallow water provinces around the world. Hercules
Offshore currently holds 32.1% of share capital in Discovery Offshore S.A., a
pure play, ultra-high specification jackup rig company. For more information,
please visit our website at http://www.herculesoffshore.com.

SOURCE Hercules Offshore, Inc.

Website: http://www.herculesoffshore.com
Contact: Son P. Vann, CFA, Vice President, Investor Relations and Planning,
+1-713-350-8508
 
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