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    Topaz Energy and Marine makes senior executive appointments

    Company News // April 12, 2017

    Topaz Energy and Marine has announced the appointments of Martin Helweg as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Hicham Hachkal as Human Resources Director, along with the appointment of Robert Desai as Chief Commercial Officer. 

    Mr Helweg takes over the role of COO from Geoffrey Taylor who is retiring after four years of service with Topaz. Mr Helweg joins Topaz from Svitzer, with almost 20 years of experience in finance and leadership roles in the shipping and oil and gas industries, spanning across the Americas, Middle East and Asia.

    Mr Hachkal replaces Ealbra Moradkhan who is leaving the company to pursue new challenges after 10 years at Topaz, where she has been an instrumental part of the company’s executive leadership. He brings 20 years of experience mainly in oil and gas companies related to HR strategy, talent development, personnel management, and supporting organizations through economic cycles. In his most recent position, he handled Group HR for Seadrill.

    René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine, said: "I am pleased to welcome this new talent to our executive leadership team. These appointments reflect our commitment to two core aspects of our business: operational efficiency and our people. With their help I look forward to continuing to build on our healthy business profile, strengthen relationships with key customers, partners and business groups while maintaining our position as a market leader in OSV. "I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Geoff and Ealbra, who were both key pillars in making Topaz what it is today. We wish them fair winds in their new endeavours.”

    Topaz is fortifying its leadership team on the back of important contract wins in 2016 with BP Azerbaijan and TCO in Kazakhstan adding significantly to its US$1.5bn backlog, further improving earnings visibility and credit strength. 

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