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Energy service specialists announces management changes

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OFFSHORE energy service specialists Maritime Developments has restructured its management and business development teams as it targets global growth in the “new normal” energy market.

Andrew Blaquiere, previously VP Americas, joins the MDL board as managing director and will be overseeing the day-to-day business operations.

The last three years Mr Blaquiere has been responsible for the business development and commercial management for MDL based in Houston.

Dave Gardiner has been named company vice president for UK & Europe. He previously held the post of business development and commercial manager.

He will be responsible for strengthening existing client relationships and building new ones, through tailored back-deck solutions to customers’ operational challenges in the North Sea basin and globally.

The company, which has its UK bases in Aberdeen and Peterhead, has also made two new appointments to the client-facing team.

Michael Blease-Shepley joins MDL as VP Africa, building on 17 years of sales and business development experience in the subsea sector.

From his base in Accra, Ghana he will focus on supporting the company’s existing clients in Africa, as well as building the MDL brand in the region.

Taking the role of commercial developments manager is Marvin Morrison, who brings over 18 years of project management and engineering experience from his previous roles at BP and DeepOcean, where he had responsibility for the delivery of significant SURF packages of work in UK, Norway and Azerbaijan.

Derek Smith, MDL chief executive officer, said: “Like every other business in the world, we were not immune from the painful impacts of COVID-19.

“This will likely be the most challenging market since MDL’s inception over 20 years ago.

“Still, we have managed to keep all of our team members, successfully served our customers and delivered on all our commitments without fault, and we have continued to add new work into the pipeline, albeit at a slower rate. All of this is a testament to the strength of our people, and resilience of MDL.

“This is why I believe MDL can, and deserves to, continue to grow, to serve more customers worldwide with our value added services. These recent appointments are the springboard to this growth.

“I would like to congratulate Andrew and Dave on their new posts, and welcome Michael and Marvin to One Team MDL.”

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