Maersk Drilling taps its asset manager for CCO role

Danish drilling contractor Maersk Drilling has appointed Lars Ostergaard as new Chief Commercial Officer while Ana Zambelli will leave the company. 

According to the driller’s statement on Monday, Ostergaard is currently acting as asset manager in the company.

Zambelli, who performed the CCO role in Maersk Drilling from June 2015, will leave per mutual agreement to pursue new opportunities.

Furthermore, Brian Nygaard, currently the Head of Procurement in Maersk Drilling, has been appointed new Head of Strategy and Partnering.

Lars Ostergaard joined the Maersk Group in 2005, where he has since held different leadership positions across the Maersk Group, latest as Asset Manager in Maersk Drilling. He holds a Master of Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations, as well as a graduate diploma in Business Administration.

Jørn Madsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, said: “Lars has proven that he is capable of collaborating across functions and driving strategic projects to success both internally in Maersk Drilling and to the benefit of our customers. In his time as Unit Director as well as Asset Manager in Maersk Drilling, Lars has lead his teams to deliver great results, and I am certain that he is the right person to bring Maersk Drilling even closer to our customers.”

Brian Nygaard joined Maersk in 2005, where he started out as Strategic Sourcing Manager in Group Procurement. Since then, he has held various leadership positions across the Maersk Group including heading up the North and South American Sourcing offices. In 2015, Nygaard joined Maersk Drilling as Head of Procurement. Nygaard holds a law degree from Aarhus University, and worked as an M&A lawyer in a leading Danish law firm. Furthermore, he holds an MBA from IMD Business School.

“Throughout his career with Maersk, Brian has showed an immaculate ability to plan, execute and deliver on complex projects with impactful results. Further to that, he has excelled at building relations with suppliers that has created value in different parts of the business. I am confident that Brian will be able to develop and further strengthen the Strategy and Partnering team in Maersk Drilling,” Jørn Madsen concludes.

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