ITF appoints new CEO

ITF

ITF, the global technology facilitator, has named Patrick O’Brien as its new CEO.

Patrick O’Brien

Dr. O’Brien, who is currently the group director strategic business and marketing with Wood Group Kenny, will officially begin his role on 1st April 2013 and takes over from managing director Neil Poxon who resigned in July 2012.

A chartered engineer with close to 30 years’ oil and gas industry experience, Dr. O’Brien started his career in a university spin-out company, MCS, which he helped to lead through product commercialization, international growth and subsequently integration into a large service company.  He is a recognized expert in subsea riser mechanics, riser design and flexible pipe technology and has established an international reputation for his contributions to the industry. He is a board member and director of Subsea UK and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Aberdeen.

“I eagerly look forward to taking the helm at ITF and using my extensive experience of joint industry project work, gained at Wood Group Kenny, on a wider industry level. My initial objectives are to continue ITF's excellent track record of delivering high quality, relevant development projects to enable effective international collaboration that address key technology challenges. I want to engage more closely with oil and gas companies and governments around the world to facilitate local strategies for technology development and deployment, as well as making it easier for technology developers to secure funding for innovative projects,” Dr. O’Brien said.

ITF, the technology facilitator for the global oil and gas industry, is a not-for-profit organisation owned by 29 international oil and gas operator and service companies.  It is the only global collaborative R&D funding program operating across continents.  Since its formation in 1999, the organization has facilitated the launch of more than 190 joint industry projects (JIPs) from early stage projects through to field trials and commercialisation.  It aims to secure a further £50 million for technologies by 2015.

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