Joe Leimkuhler is the Vice President of Drilling for LLOG Exploration based in Covington, Louisiana. He is responsible for all Well Drilling and Completion Operations and Well Engineering for LLOG. Prior to joining LLOG in early 2012 Leimkuhler was the Offshore Well Delivery Manager for Shell International E&P Co (SIEP), covering all Deepwater Gulf of Mexico well operations for all Semi-Submersible and Drill ships. Prior to the SIEP role, Leimkuhler served in a similar role as the Offshore Well Delivery Manager for Shell E&P – Americas, covering all TLP, Platform and Jack-Up based offshore well operations in the Americas.
Over the last 30 years Leimkuhler has worked Well Engineering and Drilling Operations in a variety of capacities. His prior assignments with Shell have included Subsea Development Manager for the Gulf of Mexico, and Deepwater Drilling Superintendent assignments on TLP, Drillship and Semi-Submersible well operations.
Prior to taking on a management role, Leimkuhler served as the Project Drilling Engineer for major deep water developments, and as an instructor at Shell’s Bellaire Research Center in Houston, where he taught Shell’s Drilling Engineering classes. Before working for Shell, he worked for M-I Drilling Fluids in the Wyoming Overthrust belt and for ARCO in Drilling and Reservoir engineering in Bakersfield, California.
Leimkuhler graduated from the University of Montana in 1981 with bachelor’s degrees in Geology and Forestry; in 1987 he graduated from the University of Wyoming with a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Leimkuhler serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Association of Drilling Engineers, and served as the National President of AADE from 2007 to 2009. He has served as either Chair or Co-Chair of the GOM Deepwater Technical Symposium for the years, 2010-2015. Leimkuhler is a 30-year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and also serves on various University Engineering Advisory boards focused on Petroleum Engineering.
Leimkuhler and his wife Stephanie live in Mandeville, Louisiana. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren.