For industry stalwart Glenn Hurren, the new year heralded exciting change as he stepped into a new role as UK managing director of ASCO.
Mr Hurren brings a wealth of both international and domestic experience, and an impressive track record of delivering strategic improvements and operational efficiencies to the role, having spent more than 40 years in industry.
More than 14 years of that time was spent working with the global specialist in materials and logistics management. He previously held a number of senior roles with the company including vice-president of ASCO US, UK business development director and, most recently, regional director of ASCO’s Southern North Sea operations. In his new role, Mr Hurren will lead the continued growth of ASCO’s UK operations across all ASCO Group companies which includes Asco Freight Management, NSL, OBM and Seletar.
Mr Hurren said: “It is still a challenging environment, and as a result efficiency remains firmly at the top of the corporate agenda. A big focus of my new role is unlocking opportunities for increased collaboration in order to drive efficiency within the supply chain. The continued integration of our businesses and services will be the key to achieving this.
“ASCO’s group structure means we are uniquely positioned in the market to create value propositions that integrate a wide range of logistics and materials management services to meet the needs of the industry. This ability to consolidate key services and skill-sets to offer our clients tailored solutions that add value has never been more important.
“To drive long-term growth, it is important that we continuously develop a culture of collaboration where we break down silos and work as one ASCO team across the whole group.”
As part of Mr Hurren’s new role, he will be based at ASCO’s headquarters in Aberdeen, Dyce, but will regularly travel to all of the group’s UK sites.
He said: “It’s of great importance to me that I know what motivates our team and where the day-to-day challenges lie. I’ve spent the last month in the new role meeting with all ASCO teams and working together with our senior leaders to develop our trajectory for long-term growth and how we will continue to innovate.”
He also brings extensive international experience to the role having worked in Houston, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and South America in a 40-year career in oil and gas.
“I’m confident that I will be able to leverage key insights and learnings from my work in international markets to stay one step ahead,” he said.