Viking SeaTech announces change of leadership


Change of leadership and reorganised business division for Viking SeaTech

Specialist marine services provider Viking SeaTech has announced that Chris Forde, Regional Business Leader, Asia Pacific, will become the new Global Business Leader-President from September 1st 2015.

The move comes as Jan de Koning, Global Business Leader-President announces his retirement after 20 years with Viking SeaTech’s parent company Actuant Corporation in several international roles. Viking SeaTech has also combined its UK and Norway operations to form the new “North Sea Region” business division, which will be headed by John Dick, current Business Leader, UK and Africa.

Chris joined Viking SeaTech in September 2011. For the past four years he has led the Asia Pacific region where he has been instrumental in more than doubling business and making it one of Viking SeaTech’s most successful divisions. Chris has more than 15 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry, including 11 years with major oilfield services firm Schlumberger.

John has been with Viking SeaTech since 2012. Most recently he has guided the transformation and development of the Viking SeaTech UK business.

Chris said: “We have embraced change to become a more effective organisation, reflecting the constant price pressure we see in our markets and with our clients. We have optimised the business to align with the present economic and market conditions.”

Ahead of becoming Regional Business Leader, North Sea Region, John added: “I am looking forward to Viking SeaTech’s future based on our marine specialisms and strength of market knowledge. We have built an agile business with people who have the experience to support customers to maximum effect in key locations. The North Sea Region team has expertise in all marine and mooring disciplines as well as the project management skills our customers expect. There is scope to expand our market share in the region.”

Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

Published on 17/08/2015


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