DeepOcean CEO steps down

Subsea specialist DeepOcean has announced the resignation of Bart Heijermans from the position of CEO, with COO Ottar Mæland stepping in as acting CEO.

Having lead DeepOcean through an ownership change, Heijermans steps down from his position effective November 18, although will stay on as a non-executive director.

Terje Askvig, chairman of the board at DeepOcean, commented: “We are very pleased that we are able to secure Ottar Mæland as acting CEO in an interim period until we have a permanent solution in place. Ottar has been part of the DeepOcean family for over ten years and has strong expertise in our business areas. We are confident that, thanks to his expertise and knowledge of the Company and the markets we are operating in, we will continue to drive the positive future development of DeepOcean. This leadership change comes after a successful ownership transformation. We would like to thank Bart for his hard work and efforts to execute a successful restructuring and develop DeepOcean into a market leader within subsea services. We are especially grateful that Bart has agreed to remain on the Board as a non-executive director.”

Heijermans has served as CEO of DeepOcean since February 2012 and prior to joining DeepOcean was COO at Helix Energy Solutions Group.

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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