Shuja Goraya has been appointed Chief Technology Officer at Precision Drilling and Darren Ruhr will be the company’s first Chief Administrative Officer.  Company photo.

On Wednesday, Calgary-based Precision Drilling announced it had chosen a new Chief Technology Officer and Chief Administrative Officer.

Shuja Goraya has been appointed Chief Technology Officer by Precision Drilling.  Goraya will lead the company’s strategic drilling technology initiatives to boost drilling process efficiency through automation, new surface and downhole drilling hardware and software solutions and the optimization of data analytics.

According to a press release, Shuja Goraya has over 24 years of experience in the oil and gas industry working in technology management and drilling operations roles at Schlumberger Ltd. in the United States, Canada, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Goraya was most recently Vice President of the North American Drilling Group responsible for Directional Drilling, Drilling Tools, Fluids, Bits, Integrated Projects and Land Rigs.

“Mr. Goraya brings a wealth of technical and operational experience to Precision specifically in the areas of drilling optimization, drilling technologies, directional drilling, borehole and drill string dynamics and digital transformation,” said the company in release.

Gorayawill be based out Precision Drilling’s Houston corporate office.

Darren Ruhr will assume the newly created role of Chief Administrative Officer.

Ruhr has been with Precision since 1997 and most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Corporate Services.

During the past 20 years with Precision, he has held various roles of increasing responsibility and has played a key role in establishing many of the business systems and technology that form the cornerstone of Precision’s operating infrastructure today.

As Chief Administrative Officer, he will oversee corporate business systems and network infrastructure, human resources, organizational effectiveness and performance, real estate and facilities, along with other administrative functions of the company.