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FrontRow Appoints Senior Executives to Lead Group Companies

03 - 10 - 2017

FrontRow Appoints Senior Executives to Lead Group Companies
L-R: Stuart Ferguson, FrontRow Chief Executive; Gary Smart, Well-Centric CEO; Craig Feherty, Well-SENSE CEO and Alasdair Fergusson, ClearWELL Managing Director

FrontRow Energy Technology Group Limited has announced the appointment of three senior executives to lead its group companies as they embark upon ambitious growth plans.

The Aberdeen based oil and gas services group has appointed Alasdair Fergusson, previously Business Manager for Europe and Africa, Production Technologies at Schlumberger, to the newly created Managing Director position for ClearWELL Oilfield Solutions. 

FrontRow acquired 50% of ClearWELL from its existing parent company, MSL Oilfield Solutions, in May 2017 and outlined plans to increase the number of its innovative scale prevention units in the field by 400%. With his background in growing novel product lines and prior experience managing ClearWELL during its time as a Weatherford company, Alasdair’s track record places him in an ideal position to help drive business growth into the future. 

Meanwhile Gary Smart, former CEO at Tendeka, brings more than 30 years industry experience in commercial and operational management to late life well integrity specialist, Well-Centric. He joins as CEO, where he will lead the team as the company looks to fulfil its significant growth potential over the coming years. With a strong engineering background and extensive management experience, Gary’s skillset was particularly sought after to drive Well-Centric through its next phase of growth.

Craig Feherty also joins Well-SENSE from GE Oil and Gas, where he was Product Line Director for Wireline Products. Craig managed a portfolio of technologies designed to measure downhole well conditions via sensors and electro-mechanical intervention tools deployed on wireline cable. In the newly created CEO role, Craig will work closely with Well-SENSE founder Dan Purkis, providing strategic direction for the company as it moves further into commercialisation of its Fibre Line Intervention technology (FLI).

The trio bring many years of valuable industry experience to FrontRow. Under their leadership, it is expected that all three companies will experience a high level of growth. With their headquarters anchored within FrontRow’s Energy Technology Centre in Aberdeen, this can only mean good things for the local economy as investment in facilities and job creation look likely to follow. The wider oil and gas industry is also set to benefit through a shared focus on cost reduction alongside new technology development. 

Stuart Ferguson, chief executive at FrontRow said: “We are very pleased that Alasdair, Gary and Craig have joined the team, and we’re excited about the experience and fresh perspective they will bring to each of our group companies, as well as the wider FrontRow group.

“With the oil and gas industry continually looking to enhance production and extend asset life, whilst lowering operational costs, developing solutions to this challenge is absolutely central to FrontRow. There is an opportunity here to create technologies which will change the face of the industry and how it operates, and we want to ensure our group companies step up to the plate.

“Attracting these high calibre individuals has been highly encouraging for us, and not only demonstrates the strong reputation FrontRow has already built, but also highlights the demonstrable growth potential of each company. We have taken time to ensure that we recruited the very best talent to lead our group companies and these appointments are a
tremendous boost to our team.”