Wood Group appoints internal candidate as new chief executive

Robin Watson
Robin Watson

Robin Watson has been appointed as the new chief executive of Wood Group – the Aberdeen-based offshore oil services conglomerate.

With effect from 1 Jan 2016, Watson will succeed present chief executive Bob Keiller on his retiral.

Watson has served on the board since 2013, initially as chief executive of Wood Group PSN and, since April 2015, as group chief operating officer. His appointment represents ‘a natural evolution in company leadership’.

Ian Marchant, Chairman, Wood Group, said: “I would like to thank Bob Keiller for his significant contribution to the Group, both following the acquisition of PSN in 2010, and during his three years as chief executive. 

“The group has made significant progress under his 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”.

Watson has more than 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry, with the past decade spent in a variety of executive positions. He is a Board Member of Oil & Gas UK and the Oil & Gas Contractors Council: a member of the ‘Step Change in Safety’ Leadership Team and work-group co-Chairman. He also holds a post as Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University.

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