Offshore service contractor Bilfinger Salamis, formerly BIS Salamis, has added Murray Strachan to its board in the new role of strategic development director.
The Aberdeen firm said yesterday he would lead the development of its products through acquisitive and organic growth.
It added that he would also lead supplier partnerships and joint-venture arrangements supporting the international growth of the business.
Mr Strachan previously worked with BIS Salamis from 1990-98, initially as a materials and logistics manager before rising to general manager for business support and services.
He left the firm to become managing director of RGIT Montrose group of companies, where he led a management buyout and oversaw their subsequent sale to Petrofac in February 2004.
In 2007, Mr Strachan stepped down from the role of director and chief of staff at Petrofac’s operations services division to concentrate on other interests.
He went on to work with a range of businesses and organisations throughout the UK, either as an advisor, investor, non-executive director or interim boss.
Mr Strachan is the current vice-chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange.
He said: “I’m excited to be returning to Bilfinger Salamis and the challenge of an executive leadership role within the Bilfinger Industrial Services Group. When approached at the end of last year, I was immediately interested in the role as well as excited by their exciting plans to grow the businesses and group as a whole.”
Steve Waugh, UK chief executive of German parent Bilfinger Industrial Services (BIS), said: “Murray has been selected after a market search to lead the growth and service expansion of the Salamis business through organic and acquisitive investment in line with the objectives agreed with our shareholders.
“He has an appropriate blend of experience for the role in larger corporate structures in the oil and gas supply chain, as well as a proven track record as an entrepreneur investing in companies and developing their value and competitive position.”