Energy engineering services company Wood Group has appointed Darren Martin as its CTO, a new role for the London headquartered business.
Wood Group provides a wide range of engineering and services to the energy sector. Clients include the UK’s nuclear energy sector with Wood Group providing inspection services to Hinkley Point C and work at the Lincolnshire refinery of French oil firm Total. Wood Group has global operations and works in Germany with pharmaceutical giant GSK and in the Chinese offshore oil industry. In October 2017 Wood Group completed its acquisition of UK energy engineering services business Amec Foster Wheeler.
Wood Group announced the creation of the CTO role as the business looks to “differentiate capabilities across the energy and industrial markets”. Robin Watson, Wood Group chief executive said digital leadership is becoming key to the organisational strategy and the CEO said there was a focus on “the fourth industrial revolution”.
“We intent to be a key player in the technological innovation critical to addressing energy transition. We will continue to evolve to ensure our innovative capability extends across a range of end markets, within and beyond energy,” Watson said.
As Global CIO of Shell Downstream Craig Walker recently told the Horizon CIO Podcast oil companies are transitioning to energy companies by acquiring electricity firms and preparing for the disruption of non-internal combustion powered vehicles. Thus organisations that are a key part of the energy industry supply chain, such as Wood Group, will have to ensure they are using the technologies that oil industry CIOs like Walker plan to use. As Walker told the Horizon CIO Podcast, he and his peers are creating eco-systems and business like Wood Group will need to be technologically ready.
In a statement Wood Group said Martin’s role will “redefine the digital offering, enabling us to harness technology that will further complement Wood’s deep industry domain knowledge. New geographies and capabilities will be added to existing centres of digital excellence in Australia, the UK and America.”
Martin said he plans to: “progress our digital footprint and accelerate the digital transformation of our services. Our world is changing faster than ever. Everything around us is becoming smarter and more digitally connected: cars, factories, ports, mines, refineries, roads, office buildings, and even entire cities will be wired together in new ways and this will fundamentally change how Wood does business in the future.”
Martin joins Wood Group from professional services business Jacobs where he was head of digital for just under two years. He has spent a considerable amount of his career at technology service integrator CSC.