Oil & Gas Services Giant Wood Group To Get New Boss

Published at 12:52PM - 06/10/15

Offshore oil and gas services giant Wood Group, is to get a new CEO, as incumbent Bob Keiller, looks to retire at the end of the year.

The Aberdeen based giant has operations in over 50 countries and an annual sales in excess of US$7 billion.

Wood Groups incumbent CEO, Bob Keiller, is looking to retire on 31st December 2015, following an pivotal career that has made him one of the offshore oil and gas industries most well respected personalties.

Wood Group’s Chairman, Ian Marchant, 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.”

Bob Keiller

Keiller, headed up the UK production services arm of Halliburton- PSN between 2002 and 2006, before launching a successful management buyout.

Kelly subsequently sold on PSN to Wood Group in 2010, before being recruited by Wood Group in 2011, to become the new CEO following Sir Ian Wood’s own retirement.

Bob Keiller also holds many other positions, promoting and strengthening business not only in the UK oil and gas market, but in the wider offshore energy industry.

Robin Watson

Wood Groups CEO elect, has over 25 years in the offshore oil and gas industry. 

Having held many potions in both government and industry policy bodies. including the instrumental UK ‘Step Change In Safety’ leadership team, Watson moved back into the business side of the industry in 2010, taking up a position with Wood Group.

After joining Wood Group’s Executive board in 2013, Watson took the role of Wood Group’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in early 2015.

Watson will now take control of Wood Group on 1st January 2016.

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.”