Wave-power firm Green Ocean Energy has named Graeme Bell as its chief executive.
Mr Bell has been with the Aberdeen-based company for more than a year as special projects director.
He will be responsible for overseeing the strategic development of the organisation as its wave power devices reach commercialisation and beyond.
George Smith, who was the managing director, will become the chief technical officer and focus on the development of the company’s wave treader and ocean treader technology.
Mr Bell was previously chief financial officer at Nautronix.
He said: “I’ve already had a fantastic time working with Green Ocean Energy and am thoroughly looking forward to the opportunities and challenges my new role will bring.
“We have been delighted by the level of interest our wave power devices are receiving and the company is going from strength to strength.
“The team has grown considerably in the last 12 months – tripling in size – and we look forward to expanding our team further as we move forward.”
Mr Smith, who established Green Ocean Energy in 2005, said: “Graeme has played a crucial role in developing the company since he joined us last year and we have every confidence that under his guidance we will grow significantly over the coming months and years.”
Green Ocean Energy recently secured a funding package totalling £250,000 – a £100,000 investment from Scottish Enterprise’s seed fund and £150,000 from existing and new investors.