Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has appointed Paul Shrieve as chief executive officer (CEO) of North Sea Offshore Operations, Marine and Offshore.

Paul, is based at the company’s Aberdeen office, and has more than 15 years experience in senior management in the oil and gas industry, including roles at Senior Vice President at other TIC organisations and as Managing Director at ATL Consulting Services, which was acquired by Bureau Veritas in 1999. The appointment marks a return to the company for Paul, who was Vice President of North Sea Oil and Gas from 1999 until 2006.

Paul rejoining Bureau Veritas earlier this year reaffirms the company’s long term commitment to the North Sea, and the business has been recently restructured to provide an enhanced, more streamlined service for customers. Five new Client and Technical Services Manager roles have been created that will allow customers to have a single point of contact who can provide leadership in all areas of planning, financial control, technical, operations management and communication.

The company’s Aberdeen office has also welcomed 10 new members of staff this year with further hiring plans for 2017.

Paul commented: “I am thrilled to be back with Bureau Veritas at such an exciting time. The new restructure will allow us to develop deeper and broader client relationships as well as allow continued development opportunities for our staff.”

“As part of the company’s growth plan, we hope to bring a wider range of compliance services across the whole project life cycle from concept to decommissioning. Despite current market conditions, it is essential we continue to invest in our industry and that is exactly what Bureau Veritas plans to do.”

Bureau Veritas employs around 66,500 people globally, with 3,000 in the Marine and Offshore (M&O) division and 75 in M&O North Sea Offshore Operations, which are based in the UK and Norway. Despite the challenging conditions facing the oil and gas industry, Bureau Veritas, which sponsored the Innovation in Safety category at this year’s Offshore Safety Awards, sees the North Sea as a key area for business growth. 

Paul added: “We have a renewed energy and focus on service delivery towards our clients, challenging our existing activities to ensure we are supporting our clients to face the current operating environment.”  

“We have increased the level of client engagement, both current and prospective, looking for opportunities to develop more of a partnership relationship rather than a client/supplier relationship.”

“Internally, we have been investing in training despite the challenging market conditions to make sure our staff are well equipped to support client needs and equally, respond to market demand for a wider range of services being delivered by Bureau Veritas at a local level.”

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