2011 Industry Pioneers


JOHN A. HAEBERJohn A. Haeber

John Haeber began his offshore energy career in 1952 with Shell Oil Company and became involved in the birth of floating drilling technology in the Pacific Coast area. He was transferred to Houston in 1954 where he developed advanced technology, concentrating on subsea wellheads and hydraulic connectors. John’s team’s development work resulted in the conversion of a submersible into the world’s first semisubmersible MODU in 1961.

In 1964, John joined Ventura Tool Company (later Vetco and now GE Oil and Gas). There, he helped develop the MOBOT drilling and completion
system, a new generation of drilling risers, BOP frames and wellheads for drilling in the Santa Barbara Channel, the first large bore BOP stack and wellhead system, one of the first subsea production systems and the industry’s first drill string motion compensator.

John Haeber was one of the key individuals that helped develop what is now a highly sophisticated subsea drilling and completion industry worldwide and the backbone of deepwater E&P.