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Watson to succeed Keiller in top job at Wood Group

Robin WatsonOil services company Wood Group has appointed chief operating officer Robin Watson as chief executive to succeed Bob Keiller who has decided to retire at the end of the year

Mr Watson, former chief executive of Wood Group PSN, stepped up to his current post in April.

Ian Marchant, chairman said: “I would like to thank Bob for his significant contribution to the group, both following the acquisition of PSN in 2010, and during his three years as CEO.

“The Group has made significant progress under Bob’s leadership and the board respects his decision to stand down at this time. Robin was identified as the stand out candidate to succeed Bob as part of our succession planning process, and we believe that his knowledge and experience will ensure an orderly transition.

“Robin has been with the Group since 2010, has more than 25 years’ oil & gas industry experience and his appointment provides important continuity for our people and customers.”

Mr Keiller said: “I am delighted with the group’s progress over the last five years; repositioning our service offerings and embedding a group-wide culture founded on our core values.

“I have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful, committed, skilled and innovative people across the world.  I will miss Wood Group, but will have the satisfaction of knowing that it is in good hands and on a personal note I have several business interests that I am looking to develop.  I wish Robin and the rest of the executive team every success.”

Mr Watson said: “I am delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to lead Wood Group in the next stage of its development.  Wood Group is a great success story thanks to an exceptional leadership team and dedicated people with unparalleled technical expertise.

“Together, these are the fundamentals of a successful service business.  I look forward to leading the team as we develop and execute our strategy to support our global customer base as we continue developing innovative and cost efficient solutions.”

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