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North Star sails in new direction with chief executive appointment

North Star has appointed Mathew Gordon as its new chief executive.
North Star has appointed Mathew Gordon as its new chief executive.

Aberdeen-based shipping firm North Star has appointed Mathew Gordon its new chief executive.

Mr Gordon will take over this month from Callum Bruce, who is stepping down after 34 years in the business.

The company, which owns and operates North Sea emergency response and rescue vessels, has also set up North Star Renewables to support the offshore wind maintenance market.

Mr Gordon has held senior positions in Unique Group, Atlantic Offshore, Viking Seatech and Subsea 7.

Steven Lowry, of North Star’s owner Basalt Infrastructure Partners, said: “We have found the right person to take North Star forward.

“Matt’s experience and drive will be invaluable as North Star seeks to further evolve its services in the emergency response and rescue vessel market and the rapidly-developing offshore wind sector.

“He will also oversee the integration of our recent acquisition of Boston Putford Offshore Safety Ltd.

“We are very grateful to Callum for his dedication and leadership of North Star over the years and wish him well for the future.”

Mr Bruce said: “After all these years, I am sad to be leaving the business but felt the time was right for me to hand over the reigns.

“I know I leave the business in capable hands and have no doubt Matt will bring new ideas while maintaining the values we have for providing our clients with the highest possible level of service.”

North Star owns and operates 46 vessels, 70 fast rescue boats and 50 daughter craft.

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