Pacific Drilling’s board of directors has appointed James W. Harris to serve as the company’s senior vice president and CFO on July 22. Harris replaces Johannes (John) P. Boots, who, as previously announced, mutually agreed with the company to step down from his position to pursue other opportunities.

Harris has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry in a variety of financial leadership, strategic and business planning roles. He most recently served as executive vice president, drilling and subsea for Forum Energy Technologies Inc., having previously served as Forum’s CFO for 12 years.

“We are excited to welcome Jim to the Pacific Drilling management team. We are confident that his strong financial background and leading executive experience in the oilfield services sector will immediately benefit Pacific Drilling and its investors,” Bernie Wolford, Pacific’s CEO, said.