CHC Helicopter’s regional leader named finalist for Scottish Director of the Year Award

Mark Abbey, the Aberdeen-based manager of CHC Helicopter’s West North Sea regional operations, is a finalist in the Institute of Directors’ prestigious Director of the Year Award (Scotland).

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Under Mr. Abbey’s stewardship, CHC partners closely with customers to best understand and safely, efficiently meet their offshore transportation needs, in part by constantly driving operating improvements within the company. In 2014, this approach led major oil-and-gas producers, including Statoil and Total, to award CHC long-term contracts valued at tens-of-millions of pounds in revenue. CHC’s style of collaboration with O&G is especially important in the midst of current softness and uncertainty in the oil industry.

Congratulating Mr. Abbey on his nomination, Peter Bartolotta, CHC’s chief operating officer and president of the company’s flying business, said: “Mark is all about the safety and compliance of our operations and the satisfaction of our customers. He delivers strong leadership not only for our WNS team, but across the industry in his role as co-chair for the Helicopter Safety Steering Group.”

As well as running CHC’s O&G and search-and-rescue services in the U.K., Ireland, and the Netherlands, Mr. Abbey and CHC colleagues invest personal expertise to support the U.K.’s “Wings for Warriors” charity. This inspirational venture trains people who have been injured while in military service to become commercial helicopter pilots.

The IOD awards represent Scotland’s premier platform for top directors and provide important recognition and celebration of success, ambition and excellence in the profession of directorship. The awards assess individual achievement, initiative, experience and drive and a director’s contribution to the success of the business. Final results will be announced on Thursday, 26 March, at an awards ceremony and gala dinner in Glasgow.

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