IMV Projects Appoints New President

IMV Projects, a Wood Group project execution company for the energy industry, announced the appointment of Kevin O'Brien, P.Eng as president, effective January 1, 2011. Ivan Velev, founding president of IMV Projects, will continue to serve the company as chairman of the board. 

Kevin has more than 15 years of experience in Alberta's oil & gas sector and previously served as chief operating officer (COO). He has been instrumental in driving IMV Projects' emergence as an engineering, procurement and construction management leader in thermal heavy oil facilities and pipelines. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. 

"On behalf of IMV Projects' board of directors, I would like to congratulate Kevin on his appointment as president," said Ivan Velev. "Since Kevin first joined our company in 2001, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership, talent and an unwavering commitment to hard work. His contribution as COO over the past two years has had a profound impact on IMV Projects' emergence as a market leader. Under Kevin's leadership, I am extremely confident in, and look forward to, our continued success." 

"I am very proud to accept this promotion," stated Kevin O'Brien. "IMV Projects is a company with strong core values and a team that includes many of the most talented individuals in our industry. As president, I look forward to further building upon our company's vision and leading the IMV Projects team to deliver further success for our customers and our employees." 

"I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Wood Group board of directors, to thank Ivan for his tremendous leadership in building IMV Projects into one of Canada's leading engineering companies and for his ongoing support as chairman," added Mike Straughen, director and chief executive of Wood Group Engineering. "I am delighted that Kevin has accepted the role of president and am sure he will prove to be a very worthy successor to Ivan. I look forward to working closely with him as we continue the successful growth and development of the business."