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Navigating to success with new Chief Operating Officer

Materials technology and engineering specialist Aubin has strengthened its leadership team by appointing a Chief Operating Officer (COO).


John Payne a Master Mariner and Chartered Director has more than 25 years experience in the subsea oil and gas, renewable and subsea telecom sectors.  His extensive offshore and leadership experience will allow Aubin to deliver a growing number of projects across the business.


 Paddy Collins, managing director at Aubin, said:  “John’s role is to support growth across our subsea, integrity, pipelines and well services divisions and lead the service delivery aspect of the firm which is on the cusp of financial growth. “He has extensive experience working internationally having managed profitable service related global businesses in the UK and Asia Pacific.  Over half of our business is in the Middle East and we see massive opportunity in South East Asia and both North and South America. “All round it’s an exciting time for Aubin, we have big ambitions for our subsea buoyancy technology which is currently in development.  One of our systems has just enjoyed a successful operational trial and we are now looking to test it in a North Sea operating environment.”


Aubin has experienced a 60 per cent growth in its workforce in only 18 months from 17 to 45. Mr Payne is looking forward to launching a positive change management programme as part of the team.  He said:  “After a successful period in the offshore arena I decided to join a successful SME in a niche sector of the oil and gas industry with high growth potential.


“Aubin’s current position is impressive and I’m thrilled to be joining the company as it is ready for the next major step in its expansion.”