Aberdeen energy service company Equalizer International has promoted engineering director John Morgan to the post of managing director.
He takes over the role from Ian McCormick, the firm’s chairman and MD for the past 20 years.
Mr McCormick continues as chairman but will now focus his attention on future strategic and international development.
Equalizer specialises in pipeline tools for the oil and gas industry.
Mr Morgan joined the company in 2006 as engineering design manager and was appointed director in 2009.
Since then, he has led Equalizer’s research and development department as well as the company’s production and supply chain functions.
In that time the company has brought a number of innovative new products to market which have been key in its increased international activity and overall growth.
Mr Morgan will now lead the company’s operational activities, while continuing to head up R&D from its Aberdeen headquarters and a new facility in Glasgow.
“John has done sterling work for Equalizer as our engineering director,” Mr McCormick said, adding: “Over the years he has taken on increasing responsibilities, which have included the creation of a first-class design team.
“His appointment to managing director is the natural next step.”
Mr Morgan said he was taking on the new role at a time when Equalizer was preparing to embark on an ambitious growth programme.
“I was attracted to Equalizer nine years ago because I could see that the company had massive potential and that still rings true today,” he added.
Equalizer was founded in Aberdeen in 1994 and opened an office in Houston, Texas, in April last year.