The Board of Directors of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) has appointed Lawrence R. Dickerson as board chair, effective February 1. Dickerson is assuming the role from Robert B. Uhler, who requested to step down as board chair to accommodate his other professional and personal time commitments. Dickerson has served on the board for the past year, including on the Compensation and Audit Committees. He has 30 years of operational and commercial experience in the oil and gas industry, having spent 34 years at Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., where he served as president and chief executive officer from 2008 to 2014. Dickerson has also been a member of the board of directors at Global Industries Ltd., Murphy Oil Corporation and Oil States International, and he served as chairman of the board at Hercules Offshore Inc.
In other personnel news, GLDD announced that Kathleen Mackie LaVoy has been elected senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary, and Annette Cyr has joined the Great Lakes team as vice president of human resources. LaVoy joined the company in 2007 as assistant general counsel and was promoted to vice president and general counsel, dredging operations in 2012. Since November 2015, she has been serving as the interim chief legal officer. Cyr has more than 25 years of human resources experience with both public and private companies. In her most recent role, she was executive vice president of human resources for Beaulieu Americas. Throughout her career, her key focus areas have included mergers and acquisitions, leadership and talent development, and the implementation of global processes and systems in support of the businesses’ objectives.