Cougar Drilling Solutions

Our Team

Blaine LaBonte – Executive Director

Since joining the family-owned Cougar Tool in 1992, Blaine helped transform the Canadian firm into an international oilfield services provider. Blaine purchased Cougar outright in 2005 and transitioned to Executive Director in 2015. Blaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta and has completed the prestigious Owner/President Management program offered by Harvard Business School.

Darren Rawson – CEO

Darren began his career with Imperial Oil after completing a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Alberta. Since then, Darren has enjoyed a wide range of diverse roles spanning a variety of industries, including upstream/downstream oil and gas, industrial chemicals, specialty metals, manufacturing, distribution, construction and drilling. Darren has over 16 years of CEO experience for various mid-sized companies and has served on numerous boards, including private and non-profit enterprises.

Greg Mittelsteadt – CFO & EVP Western Hemisphere

Greg is a chartered accountant who articled at Price Waterhouse after obtaining his Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta. He is a highly engaged finance professional with experience that spans a wide range of industries, including information technology, waste management, distribution, construction and oil and gas. He provides leadership and support to the organization on strategic initiatives, finance and overall operations.

Murat Bumin – VP Europe & MENA

Murat joined Cougar Drilling Solutions in 2011, offering over 20 years of international experience from E&P companies, drilling services, well completion and production. This includes field and management levels throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Murat holds a Petroleum Engineering degree from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

Mohammad Asim – VP SE Asia

Asim is a Petroleum Geologist with over 23 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry. He has a strong background in field operations, drilling, production & completion, project development and HSE. He has been involved in securing valuable business opportunities for leading companies and in successfully setting up new business units for a variety of markets. He has a B.Sc. and Masters degree in Geology from University of Peshawar.