EnerMech has appointed John Guy, who has been with the Aberdeen-based oil services company since 2010, to succeed founder Doug Duguid as chief executive.

The change at the top follows EnerMech’s recent acquisition by global investment firm Carlyle.

Industry veteran Mr Guy will take up his new role on August 1, with Mr Duguid becoming deputy chairman for a six-month period.

EnerMech said: “The move is part of a planned strategic transition put in place following the acquisition of EnerMech in December 2018.”

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Mr Guy joined EnerMech in 2010 as Asia-Pacific director, based in Singapore, a role in which he oversaw the rapid expansion of the services portfolio in this region. He was appointed chief operations officer of EnerMech in 2013.

EnerMech chairman John Kennedy said: “Doug Duguid is handing over our business in strong health and with very exciting growth prospects ahead of us.”

He added: “This is a positive transition from the founding owner to a natural successor - John Guy knows EnerMech and our target markets inside out.

“This places EnerMech in a very strong position to increase our reach in traditional energy markets, while rolling out our integrated offering across many new sectors.”

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Mr Duguid said: “John Guy has played a pivotal role in getting EnerMech to where it is today and I am confident the next chapter in the company’s growth story will mirror the many milestones achieved by my fellow directors and staff in the company’s first decade.”

EnerMech has a 3,500-strong workforce.

It operates across 40 locations in the UK, Norway, the Middle East, Caspian, Asia, Africa, Australia and Americas. It works on major projects across the oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewables, defence, power, infrastructure and petrochemicals sectors.