MCS Strengthens UK Management Team to Lead Workforce Growth

MCS has announced the appointment of a new managing director to lead the company's Aberdeen office as it embarks on a major growth strategy to increase its global employee base by almost a third in order to meet significant anticipated growth across all services and software in 2009.

Michael O'Sullivan takes the reins in Aberdeen as the leading subsea engineering company launches a cross-spectrum recruitment campaign aimed at boosting its staff numbers across its network of seven offices from 214 to around 290.

O'Sullivan, a mechanical engineer with a masters from MIT, who has been with MCS for the last 16 years, has worked across the software, research and development and engineering areas of the oil and gas industry. Having worked throughout the US and Europe, including two years in Norway, he was previously responsible for all engineering at the company's headquarters in Galway.

O’Sullivan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to an evolving directorship within the organization following its recent acquisition by Wood Group. He replaces Tim O’Sullivan who has transferred a new role at J P Kenny.

With numbers across the group set to expand, MCS has also created a new role to manage and develop a high-reaching standard for staff training across its network of worldwide. Mark Taylor has been appointed group quality and training manager, responsible for establishing a new in-house training academy to ensure all staff are skilled in MCS' advanced engineering practices.

Group Executive Director Patrick O'Brien, said, "Michael's appointment reinforces MCS' growth during the last twelve months, and recognizes the key role he has played in the development and expansion of MCS projects around the globe. We have a very clear focus in terms of further building on our impressive growth to date and Michael's substantial experience from across the oil and gas industry, along with the significant investment we are making in training, will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals."

A subsea engineering company with offices in Galway, Aberdeen, Houston, Rio, Perth, Paris and Kuala Lumpur, MCS is a subsidiary of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC ("Wood Group"). It provides engineering solutions including riser design experience, proprietary software and subsea integrity management across a wide variety of projects worldwide.