WOOD Group PSN has appointed the former managing director of its UK operations, Dave Stewart, as chief executive of the company.

Mr Stewart has more than 38 years of oil and gas experience and joined Wood Group 17 years ago.

During this time he has been responsible for the establishment of Wood Group’s duty holder business and creating WGPSN’s industrial services capability through the acquisition of Pyeroy Group Limited in 2013.

Mr Stewart is also on the leadership team of Step Change in Safety, co-chair for Human Factors and Competence steering group and board trustee for the Oil and Gas Chaplaincy.

In his new position, Mr Stewart will focus on continued business efficiency and support WGPSN’s growth in the global oil and gas industry.

“I am passionate about the company and committed to focusing on how we deliver collaborative, competitive and cost-effective solutions that enhance value for our clients in these challenging times,” he said.

“WGPSN is leading the charge in terms of understanding the measures required to safeguard the future growth of the oil and gas industry globally, and I look forward to taking on this challenge.”

Dave will report to Robin Watson who will take up his new position of Chief Operating Officer of Wood Group in April.