Petrofac names Rijnhard van Tets as the new Chairman and Thomas Thune Andersen as Senior Independent Director

– UK – Petrofac, the international oil & gas facilities service provider, today announces that Norman Murray, who has been Chairman since May 2011, has resigned from the Board and will step down as Chairman with immediate effect for compassionate reasons.

Senior Independent Director, Rijnhard van Tets, will assume the role of Chairman with effect from today. Rijnhard was appointed as a Non-executive Director in May 2007 and became Senior Independent Director in May 2011.  Non-executive Director, Thomas Thune Andersen, will become Senior Independent Director.

Norman Murray commented: “It is with tremendous sadness that I step down from the Board. I would like to thank my Board colleagues for their support during my tenure and their understanding of my current situation. I leave Petrofac in good shape and the Board in Rijnhard’s experienced and capable hands.”

Ayman Asfari, Group Chief Executive, commented: “I would like to thank Norman for leading the Board so effectively for the last three years. Whilst it is with great sadness that we accept his resignation, we understand his reasons and our thoughts and best wishes remain with him and his family.

“I am pleased that we have appointed Rijnhard who is an experienced Chairman and whose knowledge and understanding of the Petrofac Group will hold us in good stead as we move forward. I look forward to working with Rijnhard and the rest of the Board as we continue to grow and strengthen our business.”

About Petrofac

Petrofac is a leading international service provider to the oil & gas production and processing industry, with a diverse customer portfolio including many of the world’s leading integrated, independent and national oil & gas companies. Petrofac is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: PFC).  

Petrofac designs and builds oil & gas facilities; operates, maintains and manages facilities and trains personnel; enhances production; and, where it can leverage its service capability, develops and co-invests in upstream and infrastructure projects. Petrofac’s range of services meets its customers’ needs across the full life cycle of oil & gas assets.

With more than 18,000 employees, Petrofac operates out of seven strategically located operational centres, in Aberdeen, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Woking, Chennai, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur and has a further 24 offices worldwide. 

About Rijnhard van Tets

Rijnhard is general partner of Laaken Asset Management NV.  He advised the managing board of ABN AMRO between 2002 and 2007, having previously served as a managing board member for 12 years.  At ABN AMRO, his roles included that of chairman of the wholesale clients and investment banking group. Rijnhard is non-executive chairman of Euronext NV and Euronext Amsterdam NV, and non-executive director of BNP Paribas OBAM N.V.

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