Viking SeaTech in leadership changes. Forms ‘North Sea Region’ division

Viking SeaTech, a specialist marine services provider, has announced that Chris Forde, Regional Business Leader, Asia Pacific, will become the new Global Business Leader-President.

According to Viking SeaTech’s press release, Forde will take the new position from September 1, 2015.

The company said that the change comes as Jan de Koning, Global Business Leader-President, announces his retirement after 20 years with Viking SeaTech’s parent company Actuant Corporation, in several international roles.

In addition, Viking SeaTech has combined its UK and Norway operations to form the new “North Sea Region” business division, which will be headed by John Dick, current Business Leader, UK and Africa.

As said in the press release, Forde joined Viking SeaTech in September 2011.

“For the past four years he has led the Asia Pacific region where he has been instrumental in more than doubling business and making it one of Viking SeaTech’s most successful divisions,” the company has explained.

Viking notes that Forde has more than 15 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry, including 11 years with major oilfield services firm Schlumberger.

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John Dick has been with Viking SeaTech since 2012. Most recently he has guided the Viking SeaTech UK business.

Forde said: “We have embraced change to become a more effective organisation, reflecting the constant price pressure we see in our markets and with our clients. We have optimised the business to align with the present economic and market conditions.”

Ahead of becoming Regional Business Leader, North Sea Region, Dick said: “I am looking forward to Viking SeaTech’s future based on our marine specialisms and strength of market knowledge. We have built an agile business with people who have the experience to support customers to maximum effect in key locations.”

“The North Sea Region team has expertise in all marine and mooring disciplines as well as the project management skills our customers expect. There is scope to expand our market share in the region.”

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