READ appoints new head for global business
Kevin Giles has been promoted to the role of Managing Director of READ Cased Hole, the world-leading provider of cased hole logging services and technologies to the global oil and gas industry.
Having spent the last 3 years as the company’s Global Commercial Director, in this new role, Kevin will now be responsible for overall day-to-day management of the READ business worldwide. This includes all activities at its hub facilities in Aberdeen, Doha, Houston and Anchorage where the company employs a 30-strong team supporting READ’s valued customers including oil and gas operators, major service companies, and specialist business partners.
Kevin said, “This is a significant time for our industry, and I am delighted to be stepping up to lead the READ business as we start to emerge from a long period of uncertainty and disruption. It’s never been more important for us to support new and existing customers and business partners looking for robust cased hole logging expertise. As an organisation, we will be wholly focused on delivering READ’s exemplary standards of safety, service quality, technical excellence and customer care.”
Kevin is a veteran of the well intervention market with more than 30 years of experience under his belt. Prior to joining READ, he spent 6 years at Welltec in senior management positions, and before that he worked with Schlumberger’s electric wireline business for 20 years, progressing from offshore-based operations to key client account management and then to leadership of its UK cased hole wireline business. Based in Aberdeen, Kevin’s career has involved extensive international travel to locations including Alaska, South America, Kazakhstan, the Middle East and throughout Europe, and he was located in Malaysia for 4 years.
READ is majority-owned by Norwegian private equity firm, Norvestor. Tor Erling Gunnerød, Norvestor Equity Partner and Chairman of READ commented, “Kevin’s knowledge of the global cased hole logging market, the technologies involved, and the needs of oil and gas operators is second to none. I have every confidence that Kevin will continue successfully growing READ’s international reach, customer base and service portfolio, and look forward to seeing the company emerge even stronger under his leadership. We are grateful to Bruce for his contribution and dedication to READ during his time as CEO.”
Kevin’s leadership of READ follows Bruce Melvin moving out of the current CEO role into a new position of Corporate Director, managing READ’s key shareholder relationships and M&A activities.