New CEO for Ceona

London: SURF contactor Ceona has appointed Mark Preece to the role of ceo, replacing Steve Preston who has decided to retire.

Preece was promoted from the role of executive vp commercial and business, and prior to joining Ceona was the ceo of Reef Subsea for a period of three years.

John Smith, chairman of Ceona, said: “Steve is an inspirational leader who has worked with our teams to develop the strong building blocks for our business. His dedication to seeing the Ceona Amazon come to fruition, combined with his passion for innovation, saw him lead the project from design concept right through to the successful launch of the next generation, hybrid field development vessel, on time and on budget.

“We are sorry to see Steve go, we extend our best wishes to him for the future and look forward to Mark building on the foundations he has laid. Mark is a highly-experienced industry figure who has been involved with the subsea market for over 32 years. We believe he will be well placed to lead Ceona through what is an extremely challenging market environment for the industry as a whole.”

Ceona, backed by majority shareholder Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, is a SURF and heavy subsea construction contractor in the deepwater market and is currently operating a fleet of five vessels.


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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