Noble's net income increased to $318.3 million, or $1.18 per share, from $207.2 million, or 76 cents, last year. Revenue jumped 41 percent to $791.3 million, while contract-drilling costs climbed 27 percent.The company continues to insist there was nothing extraordinary in Jackson's departure. The current interim CEO and Chairman, William Sears, remains very upbeat on the company's future. Currently, the company has retained an outside executive search firm to assist in the permanent hiring of a CEO.
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