Service vessel operator TEK-Ocean Group (ASX: T3K) has announced the appointment of Alex Biro as managing director and chief executive officer of the company, effective today.
Previously a non-executive director, Mr Biro is one of the original founders of the recently-listed company and has been regarded as a “visionary leader” at board level. The company had not listed a managing director or chief executive officer prior to this appointment.
Mr Biro holds a Master of Engineering degree from Monash University and has more than 35 years of local and international experience in the upstream and downstream subsea and offshore construction industry.
He is also experienced in the areas of equipment design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of production and exploration topsides and subsea systems has contributed in driving new business activities for TEK-Ocean.
According to TEK-Ocean, his strong industry reputation is a testament of his ability to “drive operational excellence to reliably deliver solid results for customers”.
Mr Biro was engaged in subsea services operations mainly working in the Timor Sea and the North West Shelf before consulting to oil and gas operators in Australia, West Africa, the UK North Sea, South East Asia, and most recently, the United States.
In the last 18 years, his focus has been in leadership roles for deepwater subsea infrastructure and underwater projects.
Notable international projects include ExxonMobil’s Xikomba/Kizomba oilfields in Angola, Tullow’s Jubilee offshore oil project in Ghana, Husky Energy’s Liwan gas project in the South China Sea and Occidental Petroleum’s Golfinho liquefied natural gas (LNG) development off Mozambique.
Mr Biro has also led up many successful decommissioning projects in the Bass Strait off Victoria.
TEK-Ocean chairman Brendan Brown said Mr Biro has demonstrated for many years that he possesses the “skills, knowledge, aptitude, attitude, interest and capability to lead the management team” to deliver future success and growth for its shareholders.
Mr Biro said he felt honoured to have been offered the leadership role and looks forward to further developing and implementing TEK-Ocean’s strategy.
“I see a very valuable market for the company with a compelling vision and underlying strategy for servicing a multitude of areas in renewable energy, decommissioning/environmental rehabilitation and growing the already well-established legacy business streams the company has learnt to do profitably over the last 12 months,” he said.
“I see excellent potential in capitalising our in-house capabilities and strategic advantages and I am really looking forward to working with and leading our great team,” Mr Biro added.