President and Chief Executive Officer


Simon Johnson serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Seadrill Management and as the Company's Principal Executive Officer. Mr. Johnson was appointed to the role on 24 March 2022.

Simon Johnson has worked internationally for the past 25 years for a number of publicly listed offshore drilling contractors, including Diamond Offshore, Seadrill, Noble Corporation and Borr Drilling. His early career saw exposure to various rig and shore-based operational roles for MODUs in South East Asia before migrating to more commercially focused roles including Senior Vice President – Marketing and Contracts at Noble Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of Borr Drilling. Mr Johnson has demonstrated strengths in strategy development, investor engagement and relationship management.  Mr. Johnson has many years of exposure to Board engagements and associated corporate governance and compliance issues.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Finance) from Curtin University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Grant Creed serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Seadrill Management. Mr. Creed was appointed as the Group's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2021.

Mr. Creed joined Seadrill in 2013 and has held various positions within the Seadrill group including Chief Restructuring Officer, VP Mergers & Acquisitions and VP Corporate and Commercial Finance. Prior to joining Seadrill, he held M&A Transaction Services and Audit positions at Deloitte. He is a chartered accountant and holds a BCom in Accounting from the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Mr. Creed holds dual South African and Australian citizenship and resides in the United Kingdom. 

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Technology Officer


Leif Nelson has served as Seadrill Management's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Technology Officer since May 2021.

Mr. Nelson served as Chief Technology Officer from December 2020, and prior to that Chief Operating Officer from July 2015. Mr. Nelson has been with Seadrill since 2011. He has over 23 years' experience in the drilling industry. Prior to joining Seadrill, Mr. Nelson held various operational positions for Transocean Ltd. Mr. Nelson is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering. Mr. Nelson also sits on the board of the Well Control Institute.

Mr. Nelson is a US citizen and resides in the United Kingdom.  

Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer


Samir has been with Diamond Offshore for the past eight years, most recently serving as VP Investor Relations and Corporate Development.

He previously held roles as both a debt and equity investment portfolio manager at Bain Capital and as an investment banker at Simmons & Company.

His deep understanding of our industry and his entrepreneurial experience will be assets to Seadrill as we continuously strive to Set the Standard.

Executive Vice President, Human Resources

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Torsten Sauer-Petersen was appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources in March 2022.

He joined Seadrill in February 2011 and has over 25 years’ experience in the drilling industry, most recently as the Senior Vice President Human Resources.

Prior to joining Seadrill Torsten held various Human Resources positions within Maersk Drilling.

He holds an MBA from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Torsten is a Danish citizen and lives in London, England.