Board of Directors

James O’Shaughnessy


Mr. James O’Shaughnessy has served as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee since September 2018. Prior to joining the Archer Limited’s board of directors, Mr O’Shaughnessy served as Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Axis Capital Holdings Limited since March, 2012. Prior to that Mr. O’Shaughnessy has amongst other served as Chief Financial Officer of Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings and as Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President of Scottish Re Group Ltd., and Chief Financial Officer of XL Re Ltd. at XL Group plc. Mr. O’Shaughnessy received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College, Cork, Ireland in 1985 and is both a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland and an Associate Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the UK.

Mr. O’Shaughnessy earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting from University College Dublin in 1986. Mr. O’Shaughnessy is an Irish,  British and Bermudan citizen, residing in Bermuda.

Giovanni Dell’ Orto


Giovanni Dell’ Orto was appointed as a Director in February 2011.

Mr. Dell’ Orto was president and chief executive officer of DLS Drilling, Logistics and Services from 1994 to August 2006; since then he remains member of the board of DLS. He is a member of the board of Energy Developments and Investments Corporation (EDIC), a company with substantial investments in the oil and gas activities in South America. He is a nonexecutive member of the board of directors of Gas Plus, an Italian company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange. Mr. Dell’ Orto has also served as chairman and chief executive officer of Saipem and was a board member of Agip and Snam.

Mr. Dell’ Orto is an Argentinean and Italian citizen and resides in Switzerland.

Jan Erik Klepsland


Jan Erik Klepsland, has served as Director in Archer since October 2021. Mr. Klepsland is a Director of Seatankers Management Norway AS. He holds a MSc in Finance from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Prior to joining Seatankers, he held the position as Partner at ABG Sundal Collier and Director in Nordea. He has experience within equity/debt financing, M&A and restructuring.  Mr. Klepsland is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Oslo, Norway.

Peter J. Sharpe


Mr. Sharpe was appointed as a Director in November 2019. Mr. Sharpe retired from Shell in 2017 after holding a diverse range of Executive Management positions at various international locations over a period of 37 years. He Served as Executive Vice President of Shell for over 10 years, with responsibility for managing Shell upstream investments in well construction and maintenance globally. He served as chairman of Sirius Well Manufacturing Pte, an independent joint venture between Shell and China National Petroleum Corporation from 2012 to 2017, as a non-executive director of Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corporation from 2008 to 2014 and as a Director of Seadrill Ltd from 2018 to 2020.

Mr. Sharpe received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hull in 1980. Mr. Sharpe is a UK citizen residing in the United Kingdom.

Arne Sigve Nylund


Mr. Nylund has served as director of Archer Limited since May 2023. Prior to this, Mr. Nylund has served as an Executive and has operational leadership experience over a period of almost 40 years in Statoil/Equinor. He has been a Member of the Statoil/Equinor Executive Committee for 8 years where he served as EVP Development and Production Norway and EVP Projects, Drilling and Procurement. He has broad experience from the various parts of the value chain through different leadership roles both offshore and onshore. Having established an extensive network within the industry through leadership roles and board positions, he is now working as an independent consultant/advisor engaged in board work, leadership and strategy development.

Mr. Nylund’s has a degree within Business and Administration, supplementing his background within Mechanical Engineering and Operational Technology. Mr. Nylund is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Norway.

Richard Stables


Mr. Stables has served as director of Archer Limited since May 2023. He is a chartered accountant with many years’ experience in banking and financial services. He was a corporate finance partner at Lazard, where he worked for 32 years until his retirement at the end of 2021. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the financial markets, corporate finance and strategy. He now runs his own consultancy, Fulcrum Advisory Partners LLP, is a non-executive director of The Gym Group plc and amongst other roles is a senior advisor to Blantyre Capital Limited.

Mr. Stables holds an BSc in Engineering Sciences and Management from Durham University. Mr. Stables is a British citizen and resides in England.