Petrofac Makes Management Changes

Petrofac announces two new management appointments effective May 1st. Murray Strachan is appointed chief of staff for Petrofac Operations Services, the division which encompasses Petrofac Training and Petrofac Facilities Management; Leigh Howarth is appointed managing director of Petrofac Training.

In his new role, based in Aberdeen, Strachan will lead the integrated provision of internal support services across Petrofac Operations Services following several acquisitions, significant organic growth and the entry of the division into a number of new countries.

"As we continue to grow we intend to ensure that our internal support services are consistent, cost-effective and efficient, to keep our customer-facing services at the leading edge", noted Strachan.

Howarth, recently Petrofac's group financial controller and a ten-year veteran of the firm, relocates to Aberdeen from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Howarth said: "The global shortage of trained personnel is one of the key issues facing our industry and Petrofac Training is well-placed to respond to this challenge. While the UK will remain a core element of our business, opportunities with both national and international oil companies offer significant potential for growth. I look forward to building on the achievements of Murray and his team in addressing these markets."

Murray Strachan, originally from Montrose, is a qualified quantity surveyor and has held a variety of senior operational, commercial and support positions within the service sector, including positions with the Maersk Group and Liberty Risk Services Group. He joined RGIT Montrose in 2000, becoming group managing director in 2001 and leading a management buy-out in 2003. Following the acquisition of the business by Petrofac in February 2004 he was appointed managing director, Petrofac Training, and in 2005 was appointed as a director of Petrofac Operations Services.

Leigh Howarth is an associate chartered accountant and began his career with KPMG. In 1996 he joined Atlantic Power & Gas, a leading UK oil & gas service provider and in 1999 was appointed finance director. In 2003 following Petrofac's acquisition of that company from PGS, Howarth relocated to the UAE to head Petrofac's group finance function. In 2005 he was a key member of the team responsible for the successful listing of Petrofac on the London Stock Exchange. Howarth has been a director of Petrofac Operations Services since its inception in 2005.