Aberdeen-headquartered EnerMech has appointed a new Americas chief as it seeks to double headcount and turnover in the region.
Joseph Lichon, a 25-year industry veteran, will head up the business having worked around the world, including on major liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects off Australia like Gorgon and Inpex.
He will oversee EnerMech’s plans to double turnover in the Americas to more than £200m per year by 2022.
The energy services firm currently employs around 300 people across the region, a figure it also intends to double over the next two to three years.
As president for the Americas, Mr Lichon will focus on expanding its position in offshore pipeline pre-commissioning in deepwater Gulf of Mexico while growing other business lines like Mechanical, Electrical and Instrumentation services (ME&I).
EnerMech also plans to open a new facility in Pennsylvania in an expansion of its US presence, which includes bases in Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming and North Dakota.
The wider Americas business also has facilities in Villahermosa in Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, and has undertaken project work in Alaska, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.
Mr Lichon said: “EnerMech has made significant inroads to the US onshore and offshore market from a standing start and I am keen to take this to the next level by leveraging our success on deepwater projects to gain traction in other sectors.
“I was attracted to EnerMech’s entrepreneurial spirit and can-do approach, and I believe this will play well in the Americas which is always interested in exploring new ways of doing things.”
The Aberdeen-headquartered firm employs around 3,500 people globally.
Chief executive Doug Duguid said: “The Americas region will play a significant role in growing our business over the next five years and bringing on board a high-calibre professional with a proven track-record such as Joe Lichon will fast-track that strategy.
“We are well established in deepwater oil and gas workscopes and have increased our presence in the LNG and capital projects markets. Our focus will be on replicating this success in the maintenance market, where we believe our Industrial Services and ME&I expertise will be of interest to major operators in the power, petrochemical and refining spaces.”