Northern Drilling appoints new CEO

John Fredriksen’s rig investment company Northern Drilling has appointed Scott McReaken as chief executive officer, effective today.

McReaken steps up from the roles of CFO at Northern Drilling and CEO of Seven Drilling, and succeeds Gunnar Winther Eliassen who will continue to support the company via Seatankers.

The appointment comes as West Mira, one of two cancelled semi-submersible rigs picked up by Fredriksen at Hyundai Samho, prepares to commence operations in Norway.

“The Company will continue to primarily remain an asset platform and is not targeting a further expansion of in-house operational capabilities,” Northern Drilling said in a statement.

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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