BSEE Director James Watson to lead ABS Americas Division


BSEE Director James Watson to lead ABS Americas Division

HOUSTON -- ABS has announced that James A. Watson, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), will join ABS as president and chief operating officer of the Americas Division on Sept. 2. In this role, Watson will have operational responsibility for activity in North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

Watson will take over from Robert Gilman, who will move to the ABS Group (ABSG) of companies as senior V.P. and head of Technical Inspection Services within the AB- affiliated company, ABSG Consulting. In this role, Gilman will lead a global service line focused on technical inspection services for the offshore and energy industries.

As director of BSEE, Watson has been responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the regulatory oversight and enforcement of offshore operations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

Before becoming BSEE director, Watson served as the U.S. Coast Guard’s director of prevention policy for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, where his responsibilities included commercial vessel safety and security, ports and cargo safety and security, and maritime investigations. He was designated as the federal on-scene coordinator for the government-wide response to the Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in June 2010.

Watson will be based at the division’s headquarters in Houston.

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