Wardwell Named Chairman And Lesch Elected Vice Chairman Of NOIA

Edward A. Wardwell, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Oceaneering International, Houston, has been elected as the new chairman of the board of directors of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA). He served as NOIA's vice chairman last year and as a member of the board of directors for five years. In addition, he served as NOIA's t r e a s u r e r during 1978 and 1979.

James R. Lesch, president and chief executive officer of Hughes Tool Company, also of Houston, was elected vice chairman of the board. He has been chairman of the Association's Audit Subcommittee for four years.

Mr. Wardwell succeeds John P. Laborde, chairman and CEO of Tidewater, Inc. New Orleans, who remains on the board as NOIA's immediate past chairman.

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