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Bob Keiller

People

Keiller takes helm as AGCC rebuilds

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) has announced the appointment of industrialist Bob Keiller as its chairman and has published accounts which reveal the impact of the pandemic on the business group’s finances.

Oil & Gas

Keiller named chairman of Scottish Enterprise

The outgoing chief executive of Wood Group has been named as the new chairman of Scottish Enterprise. Industry veteran Bob Keiller, who announced last month he would retire from the top spot at the oil and gas company, will take over from Crawford Gillies next year. Keiller had previously hinted at new opportunities when his departure was made public and said he had several business interests on the horizon.

Opinion

Bob Keiller: Right Now – Continue to Exceed Your Customers’ Expectations

Bob Keiller sends a message on Core Values to Wood Group employees every week. The note below is taken from a message he sent to employees a few weeks ago. Remember the '80s US rock band Van Halen? Ever heard of a clause buried deep in their lengthy touring contract? It stated something like “there should be no brown M&Ms backstage…if found, the band has the right to cancel the concert at full pay without warning.”

Opinion

Bob Keiller: The B Side of the playlist on career advice

I’ve received many questions following recent articles on how to manage during difficult times. Readers are asking what specific things they could do, or I have done, or we are planning to turn the generic advice into practical measures. Well, I suppose it all depends. My business situation will be different from everyone else’s, so my decisions may or may not be relevant to others, but I am happy to share some of the tactical options we took to make our business less vulnerable during the current downturn in our industry.

Opinion

Bob Keiller: Why I Give (and Get) the Best Career Advice from a Playlist

Many of us are old enough to remember buying vinyl albums. After you bought a new one, you would study every detail of the cover, and, then, you would play it repeatedly until you knew every track. Not only that, you knew the order of the tracks. I find good music inspirational. Some of you will already know that I write a weekly message on Core Values to my employees, and I always use a musical reference as a hook. So today, I want to share my playlist for leading in difficult times.

Opinion

Bob Keiller: Oil price, who knows?

On any given day, you can download multiple financial forecasts of future prices for almost everything from shares in individual companies to the price of wheat, coffee or oil. I am really interested in the expected future price of oil because my company does most of our work in the oil and gas industry. If you read the analysts’ views on the oil price and the rationale behind their forecasts, they all sound credible. In fact, they always have, yet they have often been wrong. Few forecasters predicted the sudden oil price swings up or down over the last few decades, and none of them predicted the collapse in price in the last few months. Today, they can all point to the reasons why it happened and show how obvious it was, so obvious that none of them foresaw it.

Opinion

Bob Keiller: Walking on the moon

Only two weeks after a pilot was killed during a test flight of a prototype vehicle that should one day allow paying passengers to travel briefly into space, it was fascinating to see that scientists had successfully landed a probe on a comet some 300 million miles away from Earth. The history of space travel is marked with tragedies and illuminated by spectacular achievements. The first manned flight into space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961, the Apollo 8 crew who first saw the dark side of the moon in 1968, and probably one of the highest points in human history when Neil Armstrong was first to set foot on the moon on 21 July 1969 just to name a few.