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Stats Group looks to North star for new chief operating officer

Garry North has been appointed the new chief operating officer at Stats Group
Garry North has been appointed the new chief operating officer at Stats Group

Aberdeenshire-headquartered Stats group has appointed a 40-year engineering veteran as its new chief operating officer.

The energy services firm has taken on Garry North as its COO, having worked for professional services giants like IBM and Deloitte as well as spending the last 15 years managing his own private company.

Throughout his career he has held senior operational management roles across Europe, North America and the Middle East in oil and gas, as well as the aerospace, defence and manufacturing industries.

As a director of Stats he will be responsible for “fine-tuning” the firm’s procedures to boost operational performance.

Chief executive Leigh Howarth said: “Garry’s strong leadership qualities and his demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams, in different geographies, will deliver tangible benefits to the group.

“His focus will be to maintain and build on our excellent safety culture and to define and deliver improved operating processes, procedures and standards, to ensure we continue to meet the expectations of our growing client base.”

Outside of Aberdeenshire, Stats has operations in Canada, Houston, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Malaysia.

Recent wins have included the signing of an exclusive partnership with Safari Oil and Gas in Saudi Arabia, and a “landmark” pact with Russian partners to work on Sakhalin-2, the country’s first offshore gas project.

Mr North said: “Stats Group is well established, highly regarded in its specialist field but remains entrepreneurial and inventive in addressing the pressing issues faced by its client base.

“My aim is to identify where we can fine tune and improve established procedures and to look at fresh ways of getting the optimum performance from the resources at our disposal.

“Any changes will firmly place safety and providing a safe working environment for our staff and end clients as a priority, while enhancing the entrepreneurial foundations on which the business has been established.”

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