Subsea UK Elects New Chief Executive

The organization which champions the UK's £4 billion subsea oil and gas industry has appointed Alistair Birnie to the post of Chief Executive.

The industry stalwart, who is currently global head of technology for subsea controls with Aker Solutions and Chairman of the SUT in Aberdeen, will take up his new post on October 1, 2008.

Following the announcement earlier in the year that current Chief Executive, David Pridden, would be standing down, Subsea UK embarked on a search to find a successor.

Subsea UK Chairman, Bill Edgar, said, "David has done a tremendous job in establishing Subsea UK as a credible organization with a high national profile which delivers for its members on a variety of levels. He has initiated a range of initiatives and programs that will have a tangible impact on the sector.

"We knew that finding a replacement would be challenging but we are satisfied that we have found a worthy successor who will be able to build on the strong foundations David has built and steer the organization towards realising the vision for the industry and the UK.

"Alistair is well known in the UK oil and gas industry and has a track record in the subsea sector. The board looks forward to welcoming him officially to the organisation and to supporting him as he takes the organization into the next phase."

A Chartered Engineer, Birnie, has 28 years experience in the subsea industry. Prior to joining Aker Solutions, he was Technology Application Manager for ITF where he championed new technology particularly in the subsea sector for two years. This was preceded by six years with Nautronix in the roles of VP of projects and head of technology applications.

Commenting on his appointment, he said, "Subsea UK has come a long way in four years and my aim is to further build on the success, ensuring that we work towards global recognition for the collective expertise, skills and technology of our member companies.

"There has been tremendous growth in the industry and the UK’s role in that growth has been acknowledged. We need to maintain our position and ensure that we project our experience onto the global stage.

"I relish the challenges this will involve and am looking forward to working with the industry, our members and board to ensure we overcome them and continue to lead the way around the world."

"However, I am sad to be leaving Aker Solutions but am delighted that the parting is truly amicable and I look forward to continue working with them as proactive members of Subsea UK."