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Wood Group boss to chair Scottish Enterprise

Bob KeillerRetiring Wood Group chief executive Bob Keiller is to succeed Crawford Gillies as chairman of Scottish Enterprise. The appointment was confirmed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Mr Keiller, who has been in the top post at the Aberdeen oil service group for three years, said: “Scotland needs a vibrant and inclusive economy and Scottish Enterprise has a catalytic part to play in achieving this.”

He was chief executive of Wood Group PSN from April 2011 and of Production Services Network prior to its acquisition by Wood Group. He was previously chairman of the Offshore Contractors Association, the Helicopter Issues Task Group, the Entrepreneurial Exchange and co-Chair of Oil and Gas UK.

The appointment will be for three years, from 1 January. It is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £514 per day for a time commitment of 1½ days per week.

This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Speaking about Mr Keiller’s appoinment, Dr Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “His wealth of leadership and business experience both in Scotland and internationally will be a real asset to our organisation. The team at Scottish Enterprise very much look forward to working with him.

She added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Crawford Gillies for his commitment and leadership over what has been nearly seven years. He has been an outstanding chairman and has helped guide us through some challenging times for Scotland’s economy.”

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