DeepOcean appoints new CEO

Norwegian subsea operator DeepOcean, fresh from acquiring ROV specialist Delta SubSea earlier this week, has announced the appointment of Øyvind Mikaelsen as its new CEO.

Mikaelsen moves from Subsea 7 where he was executive vice president, and has also worked with Norske Shell and Kvaerner Rosenberg previously.

Terje Askvig, chairman of DeepOcean, commented: “We are very happy to welcome Øyvind Mikaelsen on board. During his career, he has an impressive international track record of building strong customer focus, delivering operational excellence and strategic positioning in our industry. He has played an important role in developing the subsea business into a high tech industry with new commercial models increasing efficiencies and enabling new subsea developments. Øyvind shares our vision of making DeepOcean the leading global life of field subsea service provider in the oil & gas and the offshore renewables sectors with a solid commitment to safety and quality.”

Interim CEO Ottar Mæland returns to his role of COO.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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