Geotechnical engineering and offshore drilling company Geoquip Marine has recently announced the appointment of highly respected industry figure Jean-Luc Laloe to its board of directors.
Jean-Luc, who has almost 40 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, has joined as an independent non-executive director.
Jean-Luc originally entered the offshore engineering and construction industry in 1980 and in the course of his career he has worked with Technip, Stolt Offshore, and Acergy/Subsea 7. He has held a wide variety of positions with a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including CFO and CEO.
Jean-Luc becomes the second major board appointment to Geoquip in a matter of weeks and he will work with Arvid Trolle, who joined in the autumn, CEO Stewart Higginson and executive chairman of the board Andrew Wright. Further independent non-executive director appointments are expected in the near future as the company’s growth continues to develop.
Stewart Higginson believes that the appointment of Jean-Luc Laloe will directly benefit the company in a variety of ways. “We are delighted that Jean-Luc has agreed to join us. We specifically identified him as a key addition to the team not just for his industry experience, but also because of the knowledge he has accumulated as a board director and a hands-on member of the senior management team of a wide variety of business within the offshore services sector.
“There are three key functions that Jean-Luc will fulfil. Firstly, in his formal role as a board director, he will help shape the future of the business at a strategic level. Secondly, he brings a wealth of relationships and a good standing within the sector. We have experienced tremendous growth in the last few years and this has attracted significant investment, but it remains the case that we are a growing company that is really in its infancy and we know that Jean-Luc brings a level of credibility that will help the market to see us a long-term significant business partner. Thirdly Jean-Luc’s operational experience will help us as a management team develop personally and professionally and there is no doubt that we will learn a great deal from him.
“This appointment is a positive milestone for the company, and the fact that we have been able to attract a man of Jean-Luc’s calibre and status is highly significant for the development of Geoquip and speaks volumes for the success of the business in recent times.”
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