DNV appoints new UK head
LONDON – DNV appointed Frank Ketelaars as its Head of UK Advisory Services to oversee a further growth in the oil and gas sector, drawing on a diverse and experienced pool of consultants.
Mr Ketelaars will have overall responsibility for DNV’s advisory units in London, Manchester and Aberdeen, and will also be responsible for enhanced collaboration with European colleagues based in Paris, Milan, Rotterdam, and Bilthoven.
Mr Ketelaars started his professional career in Shell International in 1989. Subsequently he worked for 10 years for Jardine and Associates, specialising in asset performance and availability analysis, covering upstream, midstream and downstream assets. He joined DNV as part of the company’s acquisition of Jardine in 2005, and has worked as head of the DNV advisory unit in London since 2008, responsible for advisory activities covering safety, environmental and asset risk.
DNV have a long track record of delivering advisory services to most of the International, National and Independent Oil Companies for over 30 years and have built a strong reputation for their competency and consistency in the market.
Mr Ketelaars said, “My role as UK head will, both complement an initiative to have greater impact through tighter networking, and allow for simpler and faster decision making. I am delighted to be taking on this challenge.”
With Mr Ketelaars stepping up to this new role, Carlo Buccisano is being promoted to Head of London Advisory. Richard Whitehead, Head of Manchester Advisory, will be Mr Ketelaar’s deputy and continues to be responsible for DNV’s Gas/LNG growth across Europe. Robert O’Keeffe will continue in his role as Head of Aberdeen Advisory and Peter Boyle, Advisory Services Business Development Director, will also report to Mr Ketelaars, with specific responsibility for business development, sales and customer service management.
Hari Vamadevan, DNV’s UK regional manager, said: “The three advisory units have a number of areas that will benefit from a common approach, in particular resource management and competence development. Whilst having much in common, they also have a number of strong niche positions - Manchester in onshore activities, Aberdeen in offshore activities and London on new build projects with EPC contractors. By working more closely I am sure all three offices will be more successful.”