John Wood Group announces COO Ken Gilmartin as next CEO

– UK, Aberdeen –  John Wood Group PLC (LON: WG) today announced the appointment of Ken Gilmartin as CEO, effective from 1 July 2022, succeeding Robin Watson, who will step down from the board effective 1 July 2022.

“Ken has brought a wealth of industry experience and excellent strategic and leadership skills to Wood, and I am delighted that he will be our new Chief Executive Officer. He has impressed the Board with the impact he has made over the last nine months, where he has brought clarity, structure and focus, and a strong client-centric mindset to the role, and by his drive to lead the development of Wood’s future strategy. The Board believes he is a great fit for Wood, with the combination of skills and experience to lead the business through its next strategic phase.” said Board Chairman, Roy Franklin.

About Ken Gilmartin

Following 15 years with Jacobs, Ken Gilmartin joined Wood as COO in August 2021. In his time at Jacobs, Ken Gilmartin held a variety of executive, operational, and project leadership roles. Most recently, he was EVP of the firm’s People & Places solutions business, responsible for more than half of Jacobs’ overall business portfolio, serving public and private sector clients across a wide range of end markets. With over 25 years of experience, Ken Gilmartin has worked internationally throughout his career including leading the delivery of major projects, and running major operations, in Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East.

Ken Gilmartin commented: “I joined Wood because I could see the great potential in the company, knowing the value of the skills and expertise required to deliver complex and critical projects, operations, and consultancy solutions. In my short time with the business, I have been impressed by the quality of our people, and the strength of our culture and our client relationships, which provide strong foundations on which to build in the years ahead. I believe we have an exciting future in front of us as we capture growth opportunities in energy security and sustainability and deliver value for our shareholders over the medium term.”

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