WOOD Group Kenny (WGK) announced it has appointed Bob MacDonald as chief executive officer, effective 6 April.

Mr MacDonald moves into the role from his position as WGK regional director for the North Sea, the company said.

Mr MacDonald succeeds Steve Wayman who now becomes Wood Group’s head of strategy and development.

“Bob’s wealth of experience in our industry, together with his in-depth knowledge of our company, people and capabilities, makes him the ideal candidate to lead Wood Group Kenny for the future and I’m certain that the business will go from strength to strength under his direction,” Mr Wayman said.

He in turn replaces Ali Green who will step down from his current role but will continue to provide support to the team as he transitions out of the business in 2015.

“With more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Bob joined WGK in 2003 having previously worked in various subsea sector roles across Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America,” WGK said in an announcement.

“Bob has held a number of positions in WGK, including operations director before becoming regional director for the North Sea in 2013,” the company said.

Mr MacDonald will report to Robin Watson who will take up his new position of chief operating officer of Wood Group in April, the company said.