Brinker Taps New CEO to Lead Expansion into Water Sector

Oil service company Brinker has announced the appointment of a new group chief executive officer (CEO). This comes as the Aberdeen-headquartered company outlines its ambitions to expand the business by branching out into the water industry.

The subsea and well integrity management specialists have appointed Kevin Stewart as group CEO. Mr. Stewart will manage the company's ongoing growth activity in the oil & gas sector and bolster its presence in the water industry through the diversification of its proven oil and gas technology into the water sector.

With 20 years international oil and gas experience, Kevin Stewart joins Brinker from oil service firm Enventure where he was latterly general manager responsible for the company’s operations in Europe, Russia, West Africa and Scandinavia. Prior to his appointment as general manager, Mr. Stewart was sales and marketing director for Enventure for three years, developing global markets for expandable technology in the drilling and production sectors.

Since bringing its innovative Platelet technology, that locates and seals leaks in subsea pipelines and infrastructure to market five years ago, Brinker has grown from a small, niche research and development company into a mature service solutions provider. Focused on adding value, Brinker is offering advanced, non invasive technical solutions to the oil and gas and water industries to address well integrity issues and pipeline or casing leaks.

With 40 employees, Brinker has doubled its workforce in the last year and the oil service firm is planning on tripling its existing workforce over the next two years to support its international growth plans and its continued expansion into the water industry.

"Brinker is undergoing a number of changes to support international growth across the oil and gas and water industries and the creation of a group CEO post and the appointment of Kevin is integral to our re-structuring," said Glynn Williams, executive director of Brinker and partner of EPi-V, the specialist oil and gas private equity fund which has a 42% stake in Brinker.

"As a small business, albeit with huge ambition and potential, we have re-focused our efforts where we can have the greatest impact and get the best returns. Mr. Stewart brings with him a wealth of invaluable experience particularly with regard to international and strategic global development. His proven ability to identify business development and growth opportunities in the international marketplace, along with his extensive track record of managing and growing revenue streams, will be invaluable to effectively positioning Brinker."

Mr. Stewart was interim chairman of niche consultancy INGEN before moving to Enventure in 2004. Prior to that he held several senior business development and operations roles with Petro-Data, Phoenix Petroleum Services and Varco.

Brinker's portfolio now includes the reputed Platelet Technology, the leak location tool Telepath and the recently launched Plasma -- which has a diverse range of applications including restoring integrity of valves and dynamic active sealing.

The company is currently working in partnership with Yorkshire Water to use its Platelet technology on Yorkshire's water supply network as an innovative means to fix leaking pipelines without digging up roads. Its reputation was cemented after providing innovative engineering and integrity management solutions to a wide variety of international operators in the oil and gas sector. Coupling its break-through technology products with its expert fluids knowledge, the company offers a strong IP portfolio of innovative solutions to manage unplanned flow.