Simon Thomas, a former BHP Billiton executive with a vast experience in the oil and gas, minerals processing, material handling and manufacturing industries, has been appointed new Chief Executive Officer of OTOC.
According to the ASX announcement issued by the company, prior to his appointment to the role of CEO, Mr Thomas held the position of Project Manager on BHPBIO’s Jimblebar project, where he was in charge for the overall deployment and delivery of the Jimblebar Process and Non Process Infrastructure.
The company’s current CEO, Mr Adam Lamond, will continue to be part of OTOC’s executive team, now assuming the position of Executive Director– Corporate Strategy.
“The board is pleased to welcome Simon to OTOC and believes his leadership, management experience and history in professional services within the mining and oil and gas industries will be invaluable as the company enters its next phase of growth and diversification. We are confident that Simon’s appointment will build on the strong foundation that has been established by Adam Lamond,” said Mr Derek La Ferla, Chairman of OTOC.
“I am pleased to have Simon join the OTOC team and believe attracting a person of Simon’s calibre is testament to OTOC’s strong operating fundamentals, financial position and growth outlook. I look forward to working with Simon and building upon our stated strategy of developing OTOC into a leading diversified infrastructure services company. I remain fully committed to OTOC and I am personally excited by the opportunity to focus on building new business opportunities and expanding OTOC’s service overseas,” said Mr Adam Lamond.
Mr Thomas said he was delighted to join OTOC and lead the company in its next phase of development.
“I am delighted to join OTOC and look forward to delivering the company’s vision of growing a diverse infrastructure services company. I was attracted to OTOC by the quality of its people, management team and positive outlook, and I look forward to working with the OTOC team as we build on a robust platform of diversified earnings growth, strong balance sheet and new business opportunities.”
OTOC Limited is a renowned provider of resources and infrastructure services through its wholly owned operations OTOC Australia and Whelans. Its Australia-based subsidiary specializes in the installation of mine site and remote area infrastructure for government, mining and oil and gas projects.
OTOC Australia’s distinguished track record includes delivering turnkey infrastructure solutions for blue-chip clients such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and FMG.
Whelans is a leading consultancy in the provision of surveying, aerial surveys and town planning, with a focus on the resources sector. It employs 140 professional staff operating from offices in Perth, Karratha, Broome, Kununurra and Kalgoorlie.