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Biography PhotoS. James  Nelson, Jr.
Former Vice Chairman, Cal Dive International, Inc. (now Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.)

S. James Nelson, Jr. joined our Board of Directors in August 2004. Mr. Nelson, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, is Chairman of the Audit Committee and co-Chairman of the Finance Committee of our Board of Directors.

From 1966 to 1980, Mr. Nelson was employed by Arthur Andersen & Company. Beginning in 1980, Mr. Nelson served as Chief Financial Officer of Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1985 to 1988, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Diversified Energies, Inc. In 1990, he joined Cal Dive International Inc. (currently Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.), a marine contractor and operator of offshore oil and gas properties and production facilities. During his 14 years at Cal Dive, he served as Chief Financial Officer from 1990 to 2000, Vice Chairman from 2000 to 2004, and as a Director from 1990 to 2004. Since retiring in 2004, Mr. Nelson continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Oil States International, Inc., and the Board of Directors and Audit and Compensation Committees of W&T Offshore, Inc., and the general partner of Genesis Energy LP. From 2005 until its sale in 2008, Mr. Nelson also served as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit and Compensation Committees of Quintana Maritime, Ltd.

Education:
Mr. Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Holy Cross College and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University.