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G4S appoints new global head of oil and gas sector

G4S, the world’s leading international security solutions group and major supplier to the oil and gas sector, has appointed Brian Christie as global director of its oil and gas business
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Christie will be responsible for the development of the company’s global oil and gas strategy by building on G4S’ expertise in risk assessment and intelligence, logistics, end-to-end project management and integrated technology solutions.

He will focus on delivering increased reliability in the security of customers’ assets, reduced operating costs and stronger corporate reputations through the formation of strategic business partnerships between G4S and oil and gas operators around the world.

Christie has over 30 years of extensive oil industry expertise and knowledge, ranging from hands-on production and drilling experience in the North Sea as a technical service engineer and a drilling engineer, to launching and developing successful oilfield service businesses in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa, Asia, Russia and other former Soviet states.

He joins G4S from ‘Champion Technologies Inc.’ (CTI) - the second largest oilfield chemical company in the world - where he has worked for the past 10 years.

At CTI he began his career in marketing and business development for Eastern Hemisphere, working his way up to senior divisional manager for the diverse Asia, Russia and Caspian regions. In 2008, he was appointed to the corporate executive strategy team where he helped to develop an innovative strategic plan which turned the business into a market leader.

Prior to this, Christie worked for Baker Hughes for 16 years in various technical and regional management positions.

He holds a degree in engineering from Aberdeen University, a post-graduate diploma in oil and gas offshore engineering and an MBA from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Christie will be based in Dubai, reporting to Graham Levinsohn, strategy and development director, G4S Plc.

Levinsohn said: “We are delighted with Brian’s appointment. Throughout his career he has consistently demonstrated an ability to work to high service standards and deliver what oilfield clients demand. We look forward to benefiting from his vast experience to further develop our oil and gas sector operation.”

Christie added: “This is a very exciting time to join the business. G4S is already one of the industry’s leading partners. I am looking forward to making sure that we continue to provide innovative customer-focused operations across the globe and take what is an already successful business model to the next level.”