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Stats Group announces key senior executive appointments

February 9, 2021
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Stats Group, a leading provider of specialist engineering services for the maintenance, integrity and repair of oil, gas a petrochemical installations and infrastructure, has promoted two long-serving employees - Steven Byers and Gary McDowall to senior executive positions.

Byers, who joined the Aberdeenshire business in 2010, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Group CEO Leigh Howarth, while McDowall succeeds Byers as Director of Operations for the UK and Europe region.

In his new role, Byers will be responsible for supporting Stats' operations and projects teams, across the globe, as well as leading the group’s digitalisation programme.

Since joining Stats as a project engineer and in subsequent management roles, Byers has worked on and led many high-pressure pipeline isolation projects for clients in the UKCS, Europe and the Caspian region.

A key pipeline technology company, Stats Group operates from its headquarters at Kintore, Aberdeenshire in the UK; Edmonton (Canada) and Houston (US) in addition to its Middle East bases Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

McDowall joined Stats in 2008 as a project engineer and during his time with the business has worked on numerous energy infrastructure contracts, including project managing the isolation of the Forties pipeline system in the North Sea.

In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the safe delivery of all projects in the UK and Europe, using the group's specialist technologies and solutions.

Lauding the promotions, Howarth said: 'I am delighted that we have been able to strengthen our management team with two highly experienced engineering professionals.'

'Both Byers and McDowall have a wealth of outstanding career achievements with Stats, and over the past decade have made significant contributions to our clients’ operations,' noted the top official.

'They both have a deep understanding of the ethos and drivers behind the success of Stats and will play key roles as we continue to grow our business in the UK and internationally,' he added.