New President for IMCAOrganisations and Associations // January 23, 2013
Biennial changes at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) see Massimo Fontolan of Saipem taking on the role of President of IMCA, the association representing the interests of nearly 900 offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies in over 60 countries.
Massimo Fontolan is currently Vice President Commercial, North Atlantic and Arctic at Saipem Ltd. In addition to becoming President of IMCA, he also becomes Chairman of the association’s Overall Management Committee (OMC), having served as Vice President of IMCA for the past two years.
“We are delighted to welcome Massimo as our President and OMC Chairman for the next two years,” says Chris Charman, Chief Executive of IMCA. “Massimo has a comprehensive role at Saipem, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic business plans in the subsea, fixed facilities and offshore wind farm markets. In addition he analyses acquisition targets and potential industrial partners, with the result that he is extraordinarily well qualified to be our President. I am greatly looking forward to working with him, and our new Vice President who will come from Technip.”
“First, special thanks go to Hugh Williams, who has been the heart and soul of our organisation for the past ten years, and whose invaluable experience Chris and I, above all, will miss,” says Massimo Fontolan.
“I am honoured and humbled to take on the Presidential role, for all my predecessors are icons in our industry, representing the top tiers of the whole supply chain. They had a vision and indeed succeded in making IMCA what is today, a global trade association recognised as the one which best represents the interests of the marine contracting, for the benefit of all member companies.
“We shall strive to strengthen IMCA’s relevance and value as a trade association, pursing the interests of its members as well as its own sustainable position in the marketplace,” he adds.
“The challenge is to provide a vision for the years ahead and to this end we will shortly be engaging in defining a five year plan for the association.”
Massimo Fontolan takes over the role of President and Chairman from his good friend Andy Woolgar of Subsea 7. “I know that both Massimo, and my predecessor, Hugh Williams, would like to pay tribute to Andy Woolgar’s hard work on behalf of IMCA,” said Mr Charman. “The association continued its steady growth and internationalisation during his two year tenure.”